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Best Hiking Spots in New Mexico


New Mexico is an enchanting state that is filled with the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. There are plenty of spots to hike and explore the scenery or enjoy the breathtaking sunsets. The weather happens to be great for hiking year-round so you will be able to enjoy these hiking spots all year, especially if you are near the new homes in Rio Rancho.

Dripping Spring Trail in Las Cruces, New Mexico

This trail is a prime spot to catch the native wildflowers, which usually bloom during the summer months. The hike is fairly easy and short, only about two miles long, so it is the perfect hike for inexperienced or casual hikers. Along the trail, you will be able to spot a gorgeous waterfall. Make sure to also take in all of the surrounding abundant wildlife of the Southwest.

Tampas Lakes Trail, Northeast of Santa Fe

This is more of a moderate to difficult hike with many jagged peaks along the trail that is more than 11,000 feet above sea level. The hike is just under 12 miles round trip, so it happens to be the ideal hike if you want to also camp out. You will be surrounded by moss, ferns, and wild berries, almost making it feel as if  you were camping in a rainforest. Also, make sure to venture to the hidden lake for even more beauty.

Gavilan Trail Near Taos Ski Valley

Another trail where you can spot the beautiful native wildflowers of New Mexico is the Gavilan Trail. Even though it is just five miles round-trip, it is a rather difficult and steep hike especially after you reach the Gavilan Falls. But if you happen to be an experienced hiker, this is a can’t-miss trail where you can witness the views of New Mexico surrounded by pine and spruce trees.