Las Cruces, New Mexico

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  • 18 Faulkner Canyon Road, New Mexico

    Explore Faulkner Canyon

    3 mi / 500 ft gain
    The drive in the canyon is very sandy so a good vehicle is required. In the canyon is the black hill where Billy the Kid and 3 of his friends were hiding out. Was not able to find their names inscribed on one of the rocks.  There are also remnants of an old ranch. Nice walk along a sandy arroyo w...
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  • Vado, New Mexico

    Hike the Sierra Vista Trail from Vado to Bishop's Cap

    4 mi
    Start your hike from the Sierra Vista parking lot. Proceeded NE toward Bishops Cap. At first, the trail goes through some small arroyos and is a little rocky. After about half a mile, the trail is rather flat and goes through some sandy and grassy areas. Enjoy good views of the mountains!
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  • 16085-16107 North Valley Drive, New Mexico

    Explore Foster Canyon.

    2 mi / 300 ft gain
    Foster canyon is along hwy NM 185 near Buckle Bar Canyon and Faulkner canyon. It is a fairly easy walk  in a sandy arroyo. There some interesting rock formations there. Also by climbing some of the hills off the arroyo you will have some good views of the surrounding mountains.
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  • Las Cruces, New Mexico

    Hike Buckle Bar Canyon

    3 mi / 500 ft gain
    Hiked the canyon after having crossed the Rio Grande in the winter, very little water in the river. I climbed several mountains with very good views of the mountains around us. Many great cacti can be seen here. Hiked about 3 miles round trip. Best hiked in the winter or spring.  
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  • Unnamed Road, New Mexico

    Hike the Aden Crater Trail

    1.9 mi / 187 ft gain
    Drove fro El Paso to the crater in the Potrillo Wilderness Study area a on a series of county dirt roads. Some of the roads are quite rough. Interesting place to explore. Deep crater and large lava fields. Good views of the surrounding plains. The place is very isolated and quiet. Best to get a m...
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  • CanAm Highway, New Mexico

    Explore the Tonuco Mountain

    4 mi / 800 ft gain
    To get to Tonuco Mountain North of RadiumSprings , NM from Las Cruces, NM take Interstate 25 to exit 32. Once off the interstate turn left on go under the interstate. Take the first dirt road to your left and drive to the top of the canyon. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle you can descend into...
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  • Rincon, New Mexico

    Rincon Petroglyphs

    2 mi / 500 ft gain
    Started my journey right after I park on the dirt that passes under the interstate. Headed north up the hill passed an old mine and continued until I reached the arroyo. Climbed around the arroyo to see the different petroglyphs. Good views of the Rio Grande valley below.
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  • El Paso, Texas

    Hike the Lower and Upper Foothills Trails

    8 mi / 500 ft gain
    Hike both trails and enjoy some very good views of the Franklin Mountains and the abundance of wildflowers particularly at the end of the summer. In the fall, enjoy the many beautiful grasses. The trails are not too steep  but long and are a pleasure to hike in sections. Bikers would not have any...
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  • El Paso, Texas

    Hike the Schaeffer Shuffle Trail

    2.6 mi / 691 ft gain
    This a scenic but steep trail. Start on the SE turn off and followed the arroyo. After a while, the trail starts to climb up the mountain. The trail is rocky in places, but offers excellent views of the Franklin Mountains. On your descent on the NW side, you will have great views of the Avispa Ca...
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  • El Paso, Texas

    Upper Sunset Trail

    5.0
    2.81 mi / 581 ft gain
    The trick to this view is that the park gate closes at 5 pm. Therefore you have two options: Option 1Park at the entrance of the park (outside of the gate) and hike into the park. From there walk along the road to the park entrance ($5 entrance fee) and continue to the first left road ...
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  • Doña Ana County, New Mexico

    Explore Providence Cone

    4.0
    2 mi
    We drove through the desert  on a winding dirt road. Once at the cone we started our climb to the top. The ascent is not too difficult  and once on top we had very good views of the surrounding landscape. Lots of interesting rock formations and also plants. There are several interesting petroglyp...
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  • El Paso, Texas

    Aztec Cave Trail

    0.66 mi / 164 ft gain
    Start your hike from the parking lot and cross an arroyo to start your ascent to the cave. The trail climbs steadily but not difficult to hike. There are benches along the way if you need to rest your legs. The caves are small but interesting and from the caves you have very good views of the sta...
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  • El Paso, Texas

    Hike the Lower Sunset Trail

    7 mi / 1043 ft gain
    I have hiked this trail several times but only in sections since it is so long. You can start from either the south parking or the north parking lot. I'd suggest leaving a car at both if possible so you can hike point-to-point if you want a shorter, 3.5 mile hike. The trail has very good views of...
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  • El Paso, Texas

    Hike to North Franklin Peak

    5.0
    8 mi / 2100 ft gain
    El Paso is a sprawling city that is remarkably split by the Franklin Mountains. By driving up the Transmountain Road you can get a view of city, but stopping at Franklin State Park and climbing the North Franklin Mountain Peak you can top the city! To start, enter Franklin State Park and pay the ...
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  • El Paso, Texas

    Mundy's Gap Trail

    3.36 mi / 1161 ft gain
    You can start hiking the trail either from the West side or East side. I started on the West side at the Agave Trail. The climb up the mountain is not too hard and offers good views of the mountains. There are some very interesting rock formations on the east side. You can continue the trail to t...
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  • El Paso, Texas

    Hike to West Cottonwood Springs Trail

    1.6 mi / 781 ft gain
    Start your hike from the west cottonwood trail parking lot and ascend through some nice desert vegetation. The trail is rather rocky and has lots of loose rocks so step carefully. You'll pass by the old copper mine and then proceeded up the steep arroyo to the spring and cottonwood trees for very...
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