Las Cruces, New Mexico

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  • County Road A027, New Mexico

    Drive the Lake Valley Back Country Scenic Byway

    Highway 27 stretches from Highway 26, west of Hatch, to Hillsboro, NM. where it merges with NM 152. From there drive east to Interstate 25 near Lake Caballo where the scenic byway ends. It is a winding road with nice mountain views and a ghost town that is well worth a stop. Lake Valley ghost tow...
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  • Tularosa, New Mexico

    Camp at White Sands National Monument

    1.5 mi / 40 ft gain
    Spend a night under the stars in one of the more beautiful places to take it all in. White Sands National Monument offers camping to “backpackers” who have the ability to hike out into the dunes to set up camp for an overnight adventure. The closest site will be .75 miles away while the farthest ...
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  • Tularosa, New Mexico

    Hike the Alkali Flat Loop

    4.9 mi / 52 ft gain
    From the US 70 pull into the White Sands Visitor Center. Then continue along Dunes Drive. Eventually, Dunes Drive turns into Loop Drive. At the end of this road, you will find the Alkali Flat trailhead.  One of the most beautiful and potentially disorienting 5-mile round-trip treks through the de...
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  • Alamogordo, New Mexico

    Explore White Sands National Monument

    The White Sands National Monument is one of the most surreal locations in the southwest. Located just north of Las Cruces, NM, White Sands is about a 45 minute drive from the city of Las Cruces. To access the park from any location, you'll take Route 70, and from Las Cruces it's one straight shot...
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  • Gap Road Southeast, New Mexico

    Hike Windmill Canyon

    3.5 mi / 1200 ft gain
    This trail starts as a jeep road off Gap Road. Eventually it turns into just a hiking trail. The climb is moderate and has some very nice views along the way. Some of the cliff are quite impressive. Nice plants also can be seen. This is BLM property so BLM rules apply.
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  • Deming, New Mexico

    Hike the Thunder Egg Trail

    1.21 mi / 321 ft gain
    This trail is an easy walk through cacti and desert vegetation. Hikers are allowed to collect rocks while hiking this trail. There are designated places where hikers can look for rocks. There are very good views of the Florida Mountains and the valley to the west. In the springtime many blooming ...
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