Best Backpacking in New Mexico

Looking for the best backpacking in New Mexico? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around New Mexico. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Hike to the Trampas Lakes in Carson National Forest

    This hike is worth its weight in gold. By far one of the most beautiful places in all of New Mexico. Located in the Carson National Forest, the options for camping are limitless. Did I mention this is ranked one of New Mexico's best hikes yet it r...

    11 miles 2400 ft gain

  • Backpack to Lake Katherine in the Pecos Wilderness

    Accessible June through October, snow lingers on the trail late into the summer. This is a very popular, well-marked route so if it's solitude you're seeking, you'll probably be disappointed. At least on the weekend.The trailhead is at the parking...

    16 miles 1450 ft gain

  • Camp at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

    Created in 2013 from partly existing public lands, The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument encompasses a large amount of land along the Rio Grande River from the Colorado border to south of Taos. Far from any major city, you'll likely enjoy tra...

    2.4 miles 800 ft gain

  • Backpack the Vacas Trail Loop

    You start at the hiking at base of the the San Pedro Wilderness at the San Gregorio Lake Trailhead! This particular hike is called the Vacas Trail loop.For directions: Take US 550 to Cuba (north west of Albuquerque), turn east on NM 126 and go for...

    15 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike to Jordan Hot Springs via Little Bear Canyon Trail

    The Gila Wilderness is the oldest wilderness area in The United States, and Jordan Hot Springs rests right in the heart of Canyon of the Middle Fork of the Gila River, along a stretch of the Continental Divide Trail and some 7 miles from the neare...

    13.5 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Camp at Bluff Springs

    A mile up in elevation and only a few miles into Lincoln National Forest from Alamogordo, take off on the scenic Sunspot Highway that leads to the solar observation center before a short detour off a dirt road that arrives at Bluff Springs Waterfa...

    0 miles 100 ft gain

  • Camp in the Bisti Badlands

    After driving down some dirt roads to the marked location, park in the main parking area. Free car camping is allowed here. Look across the blank landscape to the east. A compass may help you keep your bearing while out hiking because there are no...

    4 miles

  • Mountain Bike the Picnic Loop

    Called the "Berg Trail" by Silver City locals in honor of Gary Berg who pioneered the extensive trail system around Gomez Peak, the Picnic Loop beginning at the Little Walnut Creek picnic area is a great way to be introduced to the incredible moun...

    2 miles 350 ft gain

  • Hike Colombine Trail

    This moderate trail is accessed from the Columbine campground on Highway 38. It will be on your right side when traveling east from Questa. Drive to the back end of the campground, where there are several spaces for parking. The moderate version o...

    8.5 miles 1935 ft gain