New Mexico October 07, 2017
If There Are Only 5 Hikes You Ever Do In New Mexico, Make Them These
New Mexico is a beautiful mountainous state full of spectacular natural beauty and a variety of hikes for outdoor enthusiasts. If there are only five hikes you ever do in the Land of Enchantment, these are the trails. I’m sure you will agree.
1. Chimney Rock Trail, Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu)
This dramatic, three-mile roundtrip, a somewhat moderate
, is perhaps the most scenic of any hike in the state. From gorgeous desert views to stunning rock colorations to Chimney Rock itself —
a sight so beautiful it inspired artist Georgia O’Keeffe — there is much in the area to explore in addition to the hike itself.
2. Paliza Canyon Trail, Jemez Mountains (Ponderosa)
This unique, easy, four-mile out-and-back hike takes you through a
colony of goblins
. Also called hoodoos and fairy chimneys, these interesting eroded rocks actually look like, well, goblins.
3. Narrows Rim Trail, El Malpais National Conservation Area (Grants)
The amazing eight-mile, out-and-back
Narrows Rim Trail
takes you on a journey to the edge of a towering sandstone mesa that overlooks the 1,500-year-old McCarty’s lava flow. At the end of the trail, you are treated to spectacular views of La Ventana (the window) — the state’s second largest natural rock arch. Along the way, there is ample flora and fauna including towering Ponderosa pines to provide much-needed shade.
4. Bull-of-the-Woods Trail, Wheeler Peak (Taos)
This somewhat vigorous 14.5-mile out-and-back trail near Taos takes you up New Mexico’s highest mountain — the 13,161-foot
. While Williams Lake Trail provides another route up the peak, Bull-of-the-Woods Trail is far more conventional and well-trafficked. In addition to spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and a glimpse of Horseshoe Lake below, there is ample wildlife, green pastures, a charming stream, and trees galore.
5. Diablo Canyon Trail (Los Alamos)
Diablo Canyon Trail
covers 4.3 miles on the canyon’s floor and features a river, rugged cliff faces, spectacular views, and you may even see a film crew. This area has been featured in many movies such as
3:10 to Yuma
Aliens and Cowboys
. Once you see it, you’ll definitely recognize this stunning canyon. This hike is one everyone should experience.
Have you tried any of these five hikes? Which were your favorites, or did I leave your favorite off this list? Please share your comments below.