New Mexico is home to some excellent biking and hiking trails. The unique landscape that was formed by volcanic features has created opportunities for hikers and bicyclists alike to experience a different landscape than most places in the United States. Here are some of the best hiking trails in the state of New Mexico.
- Aguirre Spring Trail is a 4.8-mile long trail in the historic town of Modoc. This trail climbs about 2400 feet making this a somewhat challenging trail. It normally takes about a full day to complete this hike due to the climb. The trailhead opens at eight a.m. every day.
- Cañada Bonita Backcountry Ski Trip is a hiking and biking destination during the summer months. The trail is almost 3-miles long and will take you about half the day to complete. This is a family friendly area to hike, and dogs are welcome to walk on the leash in this area. Normally used for skiing, this is a unique area to hike in because of the skiing features that you walk past.
- La Tierra Trails is more of a mountain bike trail but can double up as a trail for hikers. On the bike, it would take between one to three hours to complete this 10.5-mile trail, walking it could take between a half and full day. It is a single-track trail, so it will be a little tight at times. If you are a biker, this is a great trail to hit because of how well groomed the area is. If you are a hiker, this is a fun trail to see bikers pull off some jumps.
F. Chris Garcia is a retired professor of political science that has been spending his new found free time hiking with his wife, Sandy.