New Mexico October 26, 2018
The Ultimate Bucket List For Anyone In New Mexico Who Loves Waterfall Hikes
Hiking is an incredible pastime in the Land of Enchantment, and it’s not hard to see why. Our hiking trails are some of the best ways to see all of the beautiful scenery New Mexico has to offer, and they often hold many hidden natural oases. This is the ultimate guide for anyone who loves a hike with the sound of rushing water in the background. These waterfall hikes have the ultimate payoff and have some of the best nature views in all of New Mexico, and each of them are incredibly unique. Let’s check these hiking trails off your bucket list, because they’re absolutely gorgeous.
1. Bridal Veil Falls & Grand View Trail
Per the name, this hike to Bridal Veil Falls is full of grand views. This loop trail in the Lincoln National Forest isn't short by any means at over 7-miles long, but it's not too difficult if you can keep going. When you reach the end, you'll find the beautiful 45-feet tall waterfall that is Bridal Veil Falls.
2. Williams Lake Trail
This out-and-back trail near Taos Ski Valley in the Carson National Forest isn't as difficult as the nearby Wheeler Peak, but at 3.7-miles, it's not too easy either. The altitude is quite high, so be prepared if you're not used to the change in air quality. The beautiful waterfall is on the far end of the lake at the end, so make sure to cross over and see it for yourself. This waterfall hike is surrounded by some of the most amazing scenery in New Mexico.
3. Jemez Falls Trail
At just under 1-mile long,
this easy hike
won't take too much time, but there's so much to see. This hike is perfect for the whole family, and the kids will be fascinated by the surrounding forests and rock formations. Once you get to the end, you'll find incredible views of Jemez Falls. The serene water falls down upon the rocks, offering a relaxing atmosphere.
4. Lost Lake Trail
Also within the astounding Carson National Forest, this hike has the ultimate payoff, but also has little payoffs along the way. At over 10-miles long, this moderate hike leads to a hidden lake, but upon the trail are many creeks and waterfalls. This hike is lengthy and you'll gain over 2,000 feet in elevation, but the beautiful scenery and sounds of rushing water make it so worth the trek.
5. Rio En Medio Falls
This short but sweet waterfall hike hiding in Santa Fe River State Park is perfect any day. This is a quick, easy hike at 4-miles long, but the waterfall that you'll cross over is so relaxing and beautiful. You may want to get there early though, as there is limited parking at the trailhead.
6. McCauley Hot Springs Trail
Most New Mexicans know about the
in the Santa Fe National Forest, but did you know that there are beautiful waterfalls along the hike to them? The trail is just over 3-miles long, and the sound of rushing water will relax you the whole way. Once you get to the end, you’ll find beautiful natural pools to take a dip in.
7. Soledad Canyon Loop
This easy canyon hike near Las Cruces is absolutely beautiful, and leads to a natural waterfall. After the rain, this waterfall is roaring with life and offers an incredible view. At only 3-miles long, this hike is perfect for people of all abilities and the stone rock with rushing streams is a one-of-a-kind sight. Watch out for mule deer, as they inhabit the canyon.
8. Sitting Bull Falls
This tiny hike is actually atop the gorgeous Sitting Bulls Falls. Many come to the falls to
swim in the natural pool
beneath, but if you climb up high you'll find a short half-mile trail with some incredible vantage points.
9. Nambe Falls
At the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains inside the Pueblo of Nambe, you'll find the astounding Nambe Falls. Inside, there is a lower trail and upper trail to choose from, and both are only a quarter mile long. The upper trail offers expansive views on rocky terrain, while the lower trail has you wading through the small pools. No matter what you choose, the sight of the falls are amazing.
Have you been on any of these amazing waterfall hikes? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to share photos from your hiking adventures with us in our
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This trail high up in the mountains might not feature a waterfall, but the payoff is just as amazing.