New Mexico January 14, 2019
7 Beautiful And Scenic Trails In New Mexico That Are Perfect For Beginners
Hiking in the Land of Enchantment offers endless beauty, but some might think you have to complete a strenuous hike before reaching the best views. These easy hikes are perfect if you’ve just started hiking in New Mexico, and have the best scenery in the Southwest. Get ready to be blown away by the beauty of these seven scenic trails without having the energy taken out of you.
1. Sandia Man Cave Trail
At only half a mile long, this trail is as easy as it gets with the most incredible payoffs. You won’t be worn out when you reach the top of the world and take in the breathtaking views of the Sandia Mountains. In fact, you may even have energy for some cave exploring. You can find Sandia Man Cave off SR 165 in Las Huertas Canyon near Placitas, NM.
2. Jemez Falls Trail
As far a scenic hikes go, a waterfall hike is just about as scenic as it gets. At just under 1-mile long, this hike won't take too much time, but there's so much to see. At the end, you’ll be able to see the beautiful waterfalls, and from there, you can climb down to the bottom of the falls, or wade in a small pool at the top.
3. Santa Fe Canyon Preserve Interpretive Trail
This short hike in Santa Fe is especially beautiful in the fall. On this 1.4-mile trail you'll see remnants of history. You'll be walking within the old ruins of the Old Stone Dam that was built in 1881, and ruined by a flood in 1904. You can read about the history as you walk through one of Santa Fe’s oldest canyons while being surrounded by fall colors and wildlife.
4. Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
This 35-acre marsh that’s affiliated with the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens is a hidden gem of winding trails that is unknown to most. There are well-marked trails throughout the marsh, so you can hike as much or as little as you like while being surrounded by beautiful gardens. Since there are set hours for the preserve, you’ll want to
visit their website
before heading out to make sure it’s open.
5. Interdune Boardwalk Trail
The White Sands National Monument holds some of the best scenery in the country. With mounds of white sand as far as the eye can see, you’ll want to stay for awhile. This completely accessible boardwalk hike will show you all that this natural wonder has to offer, without taking too much of your energy. If you go at sunset, the skies are incredible.
6. Main Ruin Loop Trail
This beautiful and mysterious cave trail inside the Bandelier National Monument is perfect for everyone at only 1.2-miles long. This leads you through ancient archeological sites featuring many small hand-made caves date back to over 100,000 years ago when hunter-gatherers migrated across the canyons and mesas. Talk about a view!
7. Soledad Canyon Loop Trail
This 3.3-mile loop near Las Cruces is home to unrivaled beauty, and you’ll love every step you take. Along this easy canyon trail you’ll find waterfall, a historic structure, rock formations, and canyon views are second to none.
What other beautiful and easy hikes would you add to the list? We’d love to hear about where you go hiking in the comments!
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ultimate waterfall hike bucket list if you’re a waterfall lover.