In 2022, Take These 12 Incredible New Mexico Hikes, One For Each Month Of The Year

Every year is a great time to set new goals and check more adventures off of our “bucket lists.” And there’s no better way to do this than by embarking on some of the best hikes in New Mexico. So without further ado, here are 12 incredible New Mexico hikes, one for each month of the year.

Have you taken any of these hikes? If so, we’d love to see your photos and hear about your experiences there.

Looking for other things you should add to your to-do list this year? If hitting the road for an easy day trip is right up your alley, be sure to read 12 Unforgettable New Mexico Day Trips, One For Each Month Of The Year.

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Best Hikes in New Mexico

June 27, 2022

Where can I find hiking trails near me in Albuquerque?

One of the most popular hiking trails in the Albuquerque area is the Paseo Del Bosque Trail. It’s really cool because although it is within the proper city limits, it feels like you are a world away. The trail meanders along the Rio Grande River and there are numerous places to enjoy the foliage, wildlife, and trees peppered all around the area. Whether you are biking or hiking, you’ll also appreciate the series of bridges and short tunnels that keep you out of the way of the car traffic, making your time here very safe and more enjoyable.

Are there any kid-friendly hikes around New Mexico?

Kid-friendly hikes are abundant in the Land of Enchantment and there are numerous ones that are short and sweet so the little ones (OK, the big ones too!) don’t get tired too quickly. One of the most popular is the Inscription Rock Trail Loop at El Morro National Monument. What makes this one so great is that it is fully paved so families with strollers and others who have mobility issues will find it easily accessible and safe. In Crownpoint at the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, you’ll find the Petroglyph Trail which, true to its name, features ancient petroglyphs that the kiddos can try to decipher. These are just two awesome kid-friendly hikes to get you started.

I’m looking for some easy hikes in New Mexico. Can you point me in the right direction?

You’re in luck because there are many easy hikes in New Mexico. One that we would suggest is called the Malpais Nature Trail. Located at El Malpais National Monument in the Valley of Fires Recreation Area, it extends only approximately 0.75 miles and features a raised walkway over the ancient lava flow spot here.

What is a good place to visit for a day trip?

There are tons of great day trip options within a few hours of most of the bigger New Mexico cities. One of the most unique is a former ghost town called Madrid (about a 40-minute drive south of Santa Fe). There’s a lot to do here, including going to the Old Coal Town Museum to learn about the history of the area.

Can you provide the name of a waterfall hike in New Mexico?

I would definitely suggest the Clear Creek Trail, one of the best waterfall hikes in New Mexico. It is located in Cimarron Canyon State Park in the town of Eagle Nest about an hour northeast of Taos. You’ll actually find several waterfalls along this meandering trail that extends for about four miles.