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Gems in Southeastern New Mexico - 2

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gem Favorite The Whale: Rock formation in Carlsbad Caverns on the way to the Big Room.

Carlsbad Cavern

(17) Whites…, NM
gem Favorite Slaughter Canyon Cave. Photo Courtesy of the NPS (Pam Cox)

Slaughter Canyon Cave Tour

(1) Whites…, NM

Recommended Routes in Southeastern New Mexico - 6

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Favorite About halfway up to the top of the canyon - you can see the fall colors around the lower portion of the trail below.
Intermediate/Difficult

The Notch Out-and-Back

9.9 mi 16.0 km 1,092' Up 332.84 m Up 1,092' Down 332.86 m Down

Pine Sp…, TX
Favorite Panorama of McKittrick Canyon, viewed from west of Wilderness Ridge Backcountry Camp. My new favorite spot at GUMO.
Difficult

Guadalupe Ridge Trail (GRT)

102.7 mi 165.2 km 14,062' Up 4286.04 m Up 13,060' Down 3980.62 m Down

Pine Sp…, TX
Favorite White Oak's Canyon
Difficult

Sitting Bull Falls Loop Trail

9.9 mi 15.9 km 1,782' Up 543.24 m Up 1,785' Down 544.04 m Down

Whites…, NM
Favorite Natural Entrance to Carlsbad Caverns.... 750 feet under ground
Easy

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail

0.8 mi 1.3 km 66' Up 20.08 m Up 66' Down 20.08 m Down

Whites…, NM
Favorite Some wildlife along the trail
Easy

Bitter Lake Wildlife Viewing Trail

7.2 mi 11.6 km 47' Up 14.46 m Up 48' Down 14.49 m Down

Roswell, NM
Favorite Namesake of the Rattlesnake Canyon Trail: crotalus atrox.
Intermediate/Difficult

Rattlesnake Canyon Loop

6.1 mi 9.9 km 676' Up 205.99 m Up 668' Down 203.52 m Down

Whites…, NM

Southeastern New Mexico Hiking

  • 241 Miles 388 Kilometers of Trail
  • 5 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 9 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 23 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 2 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southeastern New Mexico - 29

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11.0 mi 17.7 km #1McKittrick Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Springs, TX 11 
26.3 mi 42.3 km #2Guadalupe Ridge Trail (GRT): Guadalupe NP Segment
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
20.1 mi 32.3 km #3Guadalupe Ridge Trail (GRT): Lincoln NF Segment
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
11.9 mi 19.1 km #4Bush Mountain Trail
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
12.1 mi 19.5 km #5Tejas Trail
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX 10 
6.1 mi 9.8 km #6Last Chance Canyon Trail (T.226)
Intermediate/Difficult
Whites City, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Whites City, NM
0.4 mi 0.6 km #7Slaughter Canyon Cave Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Whites City, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Whites City, NM
4.8 mi 7.7 km #8Permian Reef Geology Trail
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
21.7 mi 34.9 km #9Guadalupe Ridge Trail (GRT): Carlsbad Segment
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
7.9 mi 12.6 km #10Yucca Canyon Trail T225
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
Intermediate
Whites City, NM

Photos of Southeastern New Mexico - 99

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The Whale: Rock formation in Carlsbad Caverns on the way to the Big Room.
Apr 3, 2018 near Whites…, NM
Panorama of McKittrick Canyon, viewed from west of Wilderness Ridge Backcountry Camp. My new favorite spot at GUMO.
Sep 17, 2018 near Pine Sp…, TX
Off trail, admiring the view of McKittrick Canyon after the rain
Sep 17, 2018 near Pine Sp…, TX
Sunset at Wilderness Camp
Dec 28, 2020 near Pine Sp…, TX
Last Chance Canyon
Jan 17, 2019 near Whites…, NM
A texas horned lizard, camouflaged against the desert rocks, sits along the side of the trail. Be careful where you step, as lizards and snakes can be found throughout the day.
Apr 17, 2017 near Whites…, NM
Hall of White Giants.
Apr 3, 2018 near Whites…, NM
McKittrick Canyon Trail
Sep 30, 2015 near Pine Sp…, TX