Argentina Canyon Trail 39

Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico
Elevation Gain1,322ft
Trailhead Elevation8,957ft
Elevation Min/Max7831/8957ft
Elevation Start/End8957/8957ft

Argentina Canyon Trail 39

Argentina Canyon Trail (39) is a hiking trail in Lincoln County, New Mexico. It is within White Mountain Wilderness Area and Lincoln National Forest. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 8,957 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,322 feet. This trail connects with the following: Crest Trail (25) and Big Bonito Trail (36).

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Erie, CO
Explorer | 30 pts
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Nice trail but long if you do Argentina Canyon to Crest Trail to Little Bonito and Big Bonito back down to trailhead. I think we figured out it was almost 7 miles total and the trail guide says over 1300 ft. of elevation change. (Didn’t seem quite that steep to us as the elevation change is gradual.) Beautiful views at the top of Argentina Canyon Trail, in both directions.
One plus is that much of it is shady, and also the trail down goes along the creek for part of the way up and down.
Don’t turn back when driving to the trailhead; part of the road is just a bit rough but doable. And you’ll travel through areas impacted by the large 2012 fire; however, not much of the trail itself has burned out areas.
Very pretty scenery and fun trail to hike!
Santa Fe, NM
Adventurer | 281 pts
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Gorgeous loop hike. Whatever you do, don't take the shortcut that connects Argentina and Bonito before approaching the summit. Otherwise you will miss the incredible views of the desert on the mountain range's western side.
Beaumont, TX
Adventurer | 227 pts
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Argentina Canyon is a fairly easy hike. The ascent is gradual. Lots of nice scenery. Beautiful view of the Tularosa Basin at the top. Lots of wildlife on our trip. There was a bit of water available at the top of the Canyon but I had just rained the day before. The Crest Trail, which Argentina connects to at the top, generally does not have dependable sources of water in my experience. Multiple loop possibilities once you reach the Crest Trail.

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Laurence Parent
"A loop day hike through lush, high forest and along rushing mountain streams in the White Mountain Wilderness. The White Mountain Wilderness is a 49,000-acre tract ranging from 6,000 to 11,500 feet in elevation. For the most part, its boundaries contain the high crest that encircles the Rio Bonito drainage. This hike follows one of many possible loops along running streams to the crest of the range. The wilderness is a popular area with hikers, especially on summer weekends. The 44,000-acre Little Bear Fire of 2012 burned a large chunk of the White Mountain Wilderness, plus quite a few homes near Ruidoso. Fortunately this hike was not heavily affected by the fire."
100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
"Argentina Peak is one of the easiest destinations along the crest of the White Mountains, and the views from the trail are no less spectacular than those from other, higher locations. Cool and shady canyons lead up to and down from the grasslands along the crest, and water is consistently available at several springs along the way. Campsites are limited along this route, but a few scenic spots are located along the crest and at Spring Cabin."

Trail Information

Lincoln National Forest
Nearby City
White Mountain Wilderness Area
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
Lincoln National Forest, 901 Mechem, Ruidoso, NM 88345; (575) 257-4095
Local Contacts
White Mountain Wilderness; Lincoln National Forest; Nogal Peak 7.5-minute USGS quad
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