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Top Photography Spots in and near New Mexico

  • Deming, New Mexico

    Hike the Lovers' Leap Trail

    1.1 mi / 790 ft gain
    This a short but steep trail to a saddle in the mountains with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys below. The rock formations are quite impressive. If you like solitude and quiet this is the place to go. Lots of cacti and juniper trees. If you are lucky you will be able to se...
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  • Dell City, New Mexico

    Hike up Alamo Mountain

    4 mi / 1500 ft gain
    There is actually not a trail. You will have to scramble up the mountain. There are good views of some very nice petroglyphs and great views of the Otero Mesa from the top.
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  • Tularosa, New Mexico

    Visit the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

    0.5 mi
    The site is North of Tularosa, NM and is easily accessible. There is good parking and the trail is not very difficult to walk. There are many petroglyphs to be admired. There are good views of the Tularosa basin and the Sacramento mountains. It is best not to go in the summer as it is very hot an...
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  • 2572-2598 Desert Wind Way, New Mexico

    Explore the Dona Ana Mountains

    2 mi / 1000 ft gain
    The Dona Ana Mountains offer a variety of  outdoor fun. Hiking, rock climbing, wildflowers and  petroglyphs. There are several different ranges to explore with arches, steep cliffs and also easy trails. The elevation gain changes depending which trails you decide to take.  You can also access the...
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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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  • Las Cruces, New Mexico

    Hike the Picacho Mountain

    3 mi / 1200 ft gain
    This is a somewhat strenuous hike up Picacho Mountain. The trail is 3 miles round trip and has an elevation gain of 1200 ft. Great views from the top and also many cacti species can be seen along the trail.
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  • Lamy, New Mexico

    Hike to the Happy Valley Overlook in the Galisteo Basin Preserve

    1 mi / 150 ft gain
    The Galisteo Basin Preserve south of Santa Fe, New Mexico is community conservation area of some 10,000 acres with 28 miles of publicly accessible trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.The Happy Valley Overlook is a great, quick way to get an epic view of a large portion of Galisteo...
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  • Faywood, New Mexico

    Hydra Trail in City of Rocks State Park

    3.66 mi / 240 ft gain
    Start the hike from the visitor center. Hike toward the botanical garden and continue on the trail around the rock formations. You can wind your way through the taller rocks and enjoy the view! Connect to the other trails in the park for some additional hiking. There is little shade so bring plen...
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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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  • 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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  • Red River, New Mexico

    No Name Point

    Not even a mile down Bitter Creek Rd, there’s a right-hand turn that takes you next to this spectacular rock outcropping. There's a little dirt parking area when you come down and around the turn that sits right next to Bitter Creek itself.  It’d be a swell place hang out, play around on the roc...
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  • Pecos, New Mexico

    Hike the Grand Slam in Pecos New Mexico

    7.5 mi / 600 ft gain
    Pecos National Historical Park offers up the "grand slam" for hiking, which is a bit of a misnomer because they only have 3 trails and a grand slam indicates you would have completed 4 of something. In order to achieve the "grand slam" you need to hike all 3 trails in one day, completing approxi...
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  • Las Cruces, New Mexico

    Hike the Sierra Vista Trail

    29 mi / 500 ft gain
    The trail follows the foothills of the Organ Mountains. The terrain is hilly but not very difficult to hike. There are some steep laces and also some sandy places. I have only hiked sections of the trail at different occasions . There are a lot of interesting plants along the trail. The trail is ...
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  • Las Cruces, New Mexico

    Hike to Massacre Peak

    2 mi / 700 ft gain
    There is not a designated trail here. You will have to find your own way up the mesa. The climb is rated as moderate is about 2 miles long. There is an elevation gain of about 700 ft. Good views from the top.
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  • Silver City, New Mexico

    Mountain Bike the Picnic Loop

    2 mi / 350 ft gain
    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 mountain biking trails to be found in the area. Beginn...
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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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