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Gems in Southwestern New Mexico - 6

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gem Favorite Dripping Spring

Van Patten's Dripping Springs Resort Ruins

(4) White S…, NM
gem Favorite While in a designated wilderness area, Pena Blanca is still accessed by vehicles on a jeep road.

Pena Blanca

(3) Mesquite, NM
gem Favorite Quarai, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, NM.

Qaurai Mission Pueblo

(5) Estancia, NM
gem Favorite Mexican Canyon Railroad Trestle is both beautiful and a feat of engineering.

Mexican Canyon Trestle

(2) La Luz, NM
gem Favorite This is all that's left of the old cabin on the Dog Canyon Trail...

Old Cabin

(2) Boles A…, NM
gem Favorite The inside of La Cueva offers a view into the home of a group of inhabitants from 5000 BC.

La Cueva

(4) White S…, NM

Recommended Routes in Southwestern New Mexico - 14

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Favorite White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Intermediate/Difficult

Alkali Flat Trail

5.0 mi 8.0 km 95' Up 29.03 m Up 95' Down 29.07 m Down

Holloma…, NM
Favorite Mineral Creek gouging out a route for itself.
Difficult

Mineral Creek Trail to Cooney Mine Camp

3.1 mi 5.0 km 439' Up 133.84 m Up 439' Down 133.8 m Down

Reserve, NM
Favorite Almost there.
Intermediate

Mount Cristo Rey

4.6 mi 7.4 km 630' Up 191.94 m Up 629' Down 191.79 m Down

Sunland…, NM
Favorite The petroglyph that this trail is named after.
Intermediate

Dragonfly Loop Trail #720

3.6 mi 5.7 km 201' Up 61.12 m Up 200' Down 61.1 m Down

Arenas…, NM
Favorite Incredible view down into White Sands National Monument!
Difficult

Rim Trail Out-and-Back

23.2 mi 37.3 km 3,088' Up 941.21 m Up 3,088' Down 941.28 m Down

La Luz, NM
Favorite A view of the elevated section of the rebuilt Catwalk trail.
Intermediate

Catwalk National Recreation Trail

6.0 mi 9.6 km 1,115' Up 339.71 m Up 1,114' Down 339.61 m Down

Reserve, NM
Favorite Crossing the Arroyo. Looking NW.
Difficult

Alamo Canyon Loop

6.3 mi 10.1 km 1,246' Up 379.74 m Up 1,248' Down 380.44 m Down

Alamogordo, NM
Favorite The lookout at the top--still staffed in fire season.
Difficult

Little Cherry Creek to Signal Peak via CDT

16.2 mi 26.1 km 3,200' Up 975.24 m Up 3,199' Down 975.15 m Down

Arenas…, NM
Favorite The view from the top of Table Mountain goes for miles. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Mexico.
Intermediate

City of Rocks

6.4 mi 10.3 km 703' Up 214.41 m Up 696' Down 212.11 m Down

Faywood, NM

Southwestern New Mexico Hiking

  • 1,243 Miles 2,001 Kilometers of Trail
  • 14 Recommended Routes
  • 6 Gems Gems
  • 51 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 127 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 38 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southwestern New Mexico - 202

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4.2 mi 6.7 km #1Pine Tree Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
White Sands, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
White Sands, NM 22 
2.1 mi 3.3 km #2Organ Needle Trail
Very Difficult
Las Cruces, NM
Very Difficult
Las Cruces, NM
6.1 mi 9.8 km #3Three Rivers Trail (#44)
Intermediate/Difficult
Carrizozo, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Carrizozo, NM
1.5 mi 2.4 km #4San Francisco Hot Springs
Intermediate
Reserve, NM
Intermediate
Reserve, NM
11.8 mi 19.0 km #5Woodhaul Wagon Road Trail #55
Easy/Intermediate
Santa Clara, NM
Easy/Intermediate
Santa Clara, NM
21.6 mi 34.7 km #6Crest Trail (#25)
Intermediate
Carrizozo, NM
Intermediate
Carrizozo, NM
16.0 mi 25.7 km #7Black Range Crest Trail #79
Difficult
Faywood, NM
Difficult
Faywood, NM
2.2 mi 3.6 km #8Dragonfly Trail
Intermediate
Arenas Valley, NM
Intermediate
Arenas Valley, NM
2.2 mi 3.6 km #9Turtle Mountain Trail
Very Difficult
Truth or Consequences, NM
Very Difficult
Truth or Consequences, NM
8.6 mi 13.8 km #10Tadpole Ridge Trail #232
Difficult
Arenas Valley, NM
Difficult
Arenas Valley, NM

Photos of Southwestern New Mexico - 512

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Rainbow over White Sands
Apr 3, 2020 near Holloma…, NM
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Apr 3, 2020 near Holloma…, NM
Sunset at White Sands
Apr 3, 2020 near Holloma…, NM
White Sands National Monument, United States - Hike To The Horizon
Apr 3, 2020 near Holloma…, NM
A view from Organ Needle of Dripping Springs Natural Area with Las Cruces in the background, upper right
Nov 9, 2017 near White S…, NM
The dunes and the San Andres Mountains.
Jan 28, 2016 near Holloma…, NM
Pine Tree Trail
Dec 10, 2017 near White S…, NM
White Sands
Jan 26, 2016 near Holloma…, NM