Three of New Mexico’s Best Hiking Trails According to F. Chris Garcia

New Mexico is known to be a beautiful state to hike in because the landscape is covered in pastel colors. The area is dotted with geographical features formed by ancient volcanoes, and includes mountain peaks and deserted valleys. All of this makes for a unique hiking experience. Here are three of the best hiking trails in New Mexico.

F. Chris Garcia

  • Capulin Volcano National Monument provides you with the opportunity to not only hike around a volcano but also in one. This national monument is the cinder cone of an extinct volcano that has two trails. The hikes are about 3.5 miles long, of moderate difficulty and could take anywhere from one to three hours, depending on how you spend your time.
  • Paseo del Bosque is a 16-mile long trail that runs through Albuquerque. It is one of many new bicycle and hiking trails that are becoming popular in Albuquerque. The trail is usually heavily populated with bicycles, hikers, skaters, and more because it runs right through the city. Completing the entire trail will likely take about half the day but it is an easy trail.
  • The Santa Fe Rail Trail is a 15-mile trail that is a moderate difficulty and will take about half the day to complete. The trail gets its name from the function railroad line that runs along the full length of the trail. This is a fun and adventurous trail because for about 11-miles the trail becomes rugged and less obvious to the naked eye.

F. Chris Garcia is a retired professor that taught at the University of New Mexico. He is enjoying new free time by hiking and camping with his wife.


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