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1,098 mi 1,767 km of trail 13 Featured Hikes

Gems 7 Gems Easy Trails 113 Trails Intermediate Trails 76 Trails Hard Trails 15 Trails
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Gems in Southwestern New Mexico - 7

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gem Favorite Van Patten's Dripping Springs Resort was originally built in the 1870's.

Van Patten's Dripping Springs Resort Ruins

(3) 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

(3) 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 Flowering plant on the dunes.

Sunset Strolls

(3) Holloma…, 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

Featured Hikes in Southwestern New Mexico - 13

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Favorite The dunes and the San Andres Mountains.
Intermediate

Alkali Flat Trail

5.0 mi 8.0 km • Loop • 95 ft Ascent 29.03 m Ascent

(19) 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 • Out and Back • 439 ft Ascent 133.84 m Ascent

(2) Reserve, NM
Favorite Almost there.
Easy/Intermediate

Mount Cristo Rey

4.6 mi 7.4 km • Out and Back • 630 ft Ascent 191.94 m Ascent

(5) Sunland…, NM
Favorite The petroglyph that this trail is named after.
Easy/Intermediate

Dragonfly Loop Trail #720

3.6 mi 5.7 km • Loop • 201 ft Ascent 61.12 m Ascent

(2) Arenas…, NM
Favorite Incredible view down into White Sands National Monument!
Intermediate/Difficult

Rim Trail Out-and-Back

23.2 mi 37.3 km • Out and Back • 3,088 ft Ascent 941.21 m Ascent

(3) 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 • Out and Back • 1,115 ft Ascent 339.71 m Ascent

(4) Reserve, NM
Favorite Crossing the Arroyo. Looking NW.
Intermediate/Difficult

Alamo Canyon Loop

6.3 mi 10.1 km • Loop • 1,246 ft Ascent 379.74 m Ascent

(8) Alamogordo, NM
Favorite The lookout at the top--still staffed in fire season.
Intermediate/Difficult

Little Cherry Creek to Signal Peak via CDT

16.2 mi 26.1 km • Loop • 3,200 ft Ascent 975.24 m Ascent

(1) Arenas…, NM

Trails in Southwestern New Mexico - 191

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4.2 mi 6.7 km #1Pine Tree Trail
Intermediate
White Sands, NM
Intermediate
4.2 mi 6.7 km White Sands, NM 20 
2.1 mi 3.3 km #2Organ Needle Trail
Extremely Difficult
Las Cruces, NM
Extremely Difficult
2.1 mi 3.3 km Las Cruces, NM
1.5 mi 2.4 km #3San Francisco Hot Springs
Easy/Intermediate
Reserve, NM
Easy/Intermediate
1.5 mi 2.4 km Reserve, NM
6.1 mi 9.8 km #4Three Rivers Trail (#44)
Intermediate
Carrizozo, NM
Intermediate
6.1 mi 9.8 km Carrizozo, NM
11.8 mi 19.0 km #5Woodhaul Wagon Road Trail #55
Easy/Intermediate
Santa Clara, NM
Easy/Intermediate
11.8 mi 19.0 km Santa Clara, NM
16.0 mi 25.7 km #6Black Range Crest Trail #79
Intermediate/Difficult
Faywood, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
16.0 mi 25.7 km Faywood, NM
8.6 mi 13.8 km #7Tadpole Ridge Trail #232
Difficult
Arenas Valley, NM
Difficult
8.6 mi 13.8 km Arenas Valley, NM
2.2 mi 3.6 km #8Dragonfly Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Arenas Valley, NM
Easy/Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.6 km Arenas Valley, NM
5.4 mi 8.7 km #9Snow Creek Trail #233 ("Forest Trail")
Difficult
Silver City, NM
Difficult
5.4 mi 8.7 km Silver City, NM
2.7 mi 4.4 km #10Deadman Canyon Trail
Difficult
Silver City, NM
Difficult
2.7 mi 4.4 km Silver City, NM
2.0 mi 3.3 km #11Big Tree Trail #755
Intermediate
Santa Clara, NM
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.3 km Santa Clara, NM
8.0 mi 12.9 km #12FR 4080T: Mimbres River (Main Fork)
Intermediate
Santa Clara, NM
Intermediate
8.0 mi 12.9 km Santa Clara, NM
2.0 mi 3.3 km #13Twin Sisters Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Arenas Valley, NM
Easy/Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.3 km Arenas Valley, NM
6.2 mi 9.9 km #14Proposed CDT: Doug's Gate to LS Mesa
Intermediate/Difficult
Silver City, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
6.2 mi 9.9 km Silver City, NM
0.2 mi 0.3 km #15Schofield/Taylor Canyon #5007D
Easy/Intermediate
Alamogordo, NM
Easy/Intermediate
0.2 mi 0.3 km Alamogordo, NM
6.7 mi 10.8 km #16Sawmill Wagon Road Trail #243
Intermediate/Difficult
Arenas Valley, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
6.7 mi 10.8 km Arenas Valley, NM
2.8 mi 4.5 km #17Skates Canyon #964
Easy/Intermediate
Santa Clara, NM
Easy/Intermediate
2.8 mi 4.5 km Santa Clara, NM
2.2 mi 3.6 km #18The Watering Hole
Easy/Intermediate
Arenas Valley, NM
Easy/Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.6 km Arenas Valley, NM
6.7 mi 10.7 km #19CDT: Burro Norte (Doug's Trail)
Intermediate/Difficult
Silver City, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
6.7 mi 10.7 km Silver City, NM
0.7 mi 1.2 km #20CDT Bypass (New Section)
Intermediate
Silver City, NM
Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.2 km Silver City, NM

Photos of Southwestern New Mexico - 441

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Pine Tree Trail
Dec 10, 2017 near White S…, 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
Looking west sky before the sunrise.
Nov 29, 2017 near Holloma…, NM
Mexican Canyon Railroad Trestle is both beautiful and a feat of engineering.
Feb 2, 2017 near La Luz, NM
The wheelchair accessible Interdune Boardwalk surrounded by mounds of white gypsum sand.
Feb 25, 2019 near Holloma…, NM
The dunes and the San Andres Mountains.
Jan 28, 2016 near Holloma…, NM
The Wedge from the Organ Needle Peak.
Dec 30, 2017 near White S…, NM
A view from Organ Needle towards White Sands Missile Range; White Sands Nat'l Monument can be seen at the upper left
Nov 9, 2017 near White S…, NM

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