Are you looking for the best hiking trails in southern New Mexico? You’re in luck! The adventure professionals here at Ski Apache know the best places you can explore during the summer months. Whether you’re looking for a good workout or to enjoy breathtaking views, southern New Mexico offers trails for adventurers of all levels. Here are some of our picks for the best hiking trails in southern New Mexico.
1: Lookout Trail
If you’re looking for an easy, accessible trail for the beginning hiker, look no further than the Lookout Trail. This breathtaking path in the heart of southern New Mexico provides a 360-degree view of the natural areas around Ski Apache. A short jaunt for those looking for a leisurely stroll, Lookout Trail is only a quarter-mile long and provides great views from the gazebo on Ski Apache. Plan for a 10 to 15-minute journey to the lookout when you embark on this hike and make sure to bring water and weather-appropriate gear for your trip.
2: Boca Negra Canyon Trail
If you want a more scenic trail that is full of incredible history, check out the Boca Negra Canyon Trail in the Petroglyph National Monument. Located near Albuquerque, New Mexico, Boca Negra Canyon Trail is a relatively easy trail that is only 0.6 miles long. It is heavily trafficked and is perfect for hikers of all skill levels. You can see beautiful New Mexican wildflowers and exciting bird species on your hike.
3: Sierra Blanca Trail
If you want a more intense hike during your trip to Ski Apache, try the Sierra Blanca Trail. This path is an all-day hike from the top of Ski Apache to the bottom or vice-versa. The Sierra Blanca Trail is perfect for day trips near Roswell, New Mexico, and offers breathtaking views. It is also perfect for hiking around the Mescalero Reservation. The length of the trail is approximately 2.5 miles – make sure to bring enough water and weather-appropriate gear before you go. The Sierra Blanca Trail also offers an elevation gain of 1,900 feet.
4: Piedra-Lisa South Trail
Another intense hike in the Sandia Mountain Wilderness, the Piedra-Lisa South Trail is best for moderately experienced hikers. The length of the trail is 4.4 miles long and features gorgeous views and wildflowers along the trail. The Piedra-Lisa South Trail is dog-friendly in case you want to bring your furry friends along and offers an elevation gain of 1,309 feet.
5: Crest Trail
For another hike perfect for the adventurer in your life, choose Crest Trail. This all-day hike takes place from the bottom of Ski Apache to the top, or vice versa depending on your preferences. The trail offers an elevation gain of 1,900 feet and is approximately 3 miles long. Make sure to have enough water and gear for this hike. Most importantly, remember not to go into the White Mountain Wilderness Area off the Crest Trail unless you are properly prepared!
With these five spots, you can plan everything from family day trips near Roswell to hiking around the breathtaking Mescalero reservation. Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Visit Ski Apache today to experience the best hiking, biking, and more in the state of New Mexico!