8 Amazing New Mexico Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love

One of the best rewards of living in the Land of Enchantment is the sheer number of hiking trails and open spaces to explore. However, you don’t need to be an advanced hiker to take advantage of the great outdoors. There are numerous short yet lovely trails for you discover. These eight hikes all clock in at under three miles long! Here are some of the best hikes in New Mexico that are short, sweet, and perfectly to the point.

Which short hike in New Mexico appeals to you? Which hikes in New Mexico would you say are the best? Tell us about them in the comments!

You may also be interested in our past article: “8 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In New Mexico.”

Address: 27283 W Frontage Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
Address: 4200 E Pine Lodge Rd, Roswell, NM 88201, USA
Address: Lake Roberts, NM 88061, USA
Address: Volcanoes Day Use Parking, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Address: 640 NM-95, Los Ojos, NM 87551, USA
Address: Leasburg Dam State Park, 12712 State Park Rd, Radium Springs, NM 88054, USA
Address: Galisteo Basin Preserve, Astral Valley Rd, Lamy, NM 87540, USA
Address: Coyote Loop, Coyote Lp, New Mexico 87547, USA
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Best Hikes in New Mexico

March 31, 2022

What are some of the best easy hikes around New Mexico?  

New Mexico is home to more than 1000 amazing hiking trails, each with its own pros, cons, and everything in between. Of those 1000 trails, about half of them are nice, easy, and perfect for a lazy day where you still want to get outdoors. They vary in length, but they remain simple. There’s the Alcove House Trail, at Bandelier National Monument, which is 2.6 miles long and takes you to a community that was once home to a small population of ancient Pueblo people. The Volcanoes Trail at Petroglyph National Monument is another good one for history buffs; it’s got great views and some truly interesting geology along the way (as well as, predictably, petroglyphs). Fans of waterfalls will enjoy the Travertine Falls Trail in the Sandia Mountain Wilderness; it’s 1.1 miles of short, sweet and to the point hiking up to a stunning seasonal waterfall. Finally, check out the Paseo del Bosque Trail, within Rio Grande Valley State Park. That one’s long – 17.7 miles! – and one of the best biking trails in the US. Hiking in New Mexico is a blast no matter your skill level. 

What are the most amazing scenic hikes in New Mexico?  

Honestly, what hikes in New Mexico aren’t scenic hikes in New Mexico? The Land of Enchantment is an enchanting place to hike and enjoy the outdoors; a lot of our trails are world-famous, and it’s easy to see why! New Mexico is an incredible place with much to see and do. What better way to explore than by hiking? Check out the La Luz Trail, near Albuquerque; it’s an eight or nine-mile trek to the summit of the Sandia Mountains. There’s a 4,000-foot elevation gain and 19 challenging switchbacks at the end of the hike, but the view is worth it. Lovers of that one will also enjoy the Wheeler Peak Trail, which is on the highest mountain in the state and part of the Sangre de Cristo Range. That one’s got a 3,000-foot elevation gain, but it’s also worth the difficulty to get the views at the end.  

Address: 27283 W Frontage Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
Address: 4200 E Pine Lodge Rd, Roswell, NM 88201, USA
Address: Lake Roberts, NM 88061, USA
Address: Volcanoes Day Use Parking, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Address: 640 NM-95, Los Ojos, NM 87551, USA
Address: Leasburg Dam State Park, 12712 State Park Rd, Radium Springs, NM 88054, USA
Address: Galisteo Basin Preserve, Astral Valley Rd, Lamy, NM 87540, USA
Address: Coyote Loop, Coyote Lp, New Mexico 87547, USA