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The Best Running in New Mexico

Looking for the best running 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 Outbound community.

Top running spots in and near New Mexico

  • Questa, New Mexico

    Camp at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

    4.3
    2.4 mi / 800 ft gain
    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 trails to yourself in the morning and few other visit...
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  • El Prado, New Mexico

    Hike the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Trail

    6 mi
    Drive 12 miles west of Taos, New Mexico on US Hwy 64, and you'll drive directly onto the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge that spans 1,280 feet. There's a rest area to the west of the bridge with a parking lot, sitting area, and if you're lucky like we were, a converted sky blue bus selling homemade desse...
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  • Cloudcroft, New Mexico

    Camp at Bluff Springs

    5.0
    0 mi / 100 ft gain
    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 Waterfall (camping is free on all dirt roads). There you'...
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  • Sandia Park, New Mexico

    Hike the 10K Loop

    5.2 mi / 700 ft gain
    10K trailhead springs from it a whole handful of beautiful trails.  With access to a rocky path that leads off into raw wilderness, a clean and smooth walking, hiking, and mountain biking trail covered by tall pine canopy, or a wide cut service road ideal for easy strolls, you have plenty of opti...
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Hike the Winsor Trail

    3.0
    10.9 mi / 160 ft gain
    Follow Hyde Park Rd all the way to its end. At the end of this road you can find space for parking and the Winsor Trailhead. The trail is 10.9 miles long with some switchbacks and mild elevation gain. Dog-friendly and open year round--though you'll likely want snowshoes in the winter. 
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  • U.S. Highway 64, New Mexico

    Hike Devisadero Peak

    5.8 mi / 1500 ft gain
    The Basics: 8,304 foot Devisadero Peak, which literally translates to "lookout," does not actually provide a great view from its treed summit. However, this lollipop loop hike has many vantage points over the Taos Valley as it snakes up and around this foothill mountain.  To get to the trailhead:...
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  • Farmington, New Mexico

    Camp in the Bisti Badlands

    4 mi
    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 trails or trail markers. Exit the parking area by...
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  • Silver City, New Mexico

    Photograph La Capilla at Sunrise

    0.25 mi / 100 ft gain
    In the last 1800's when Silver City was a booming mining town the quickly growing hispanic population of the Chihuahua Hill neighborhood built a small chapel aka "La Capilla" as a center of community activities including pilgrimages and the Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  When the statue it c...
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Trail Run the Dale Ball Trails

    22 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Dale Ball Trail system, covers a wide swath of terrain between Santa Fe County, the City of Santa Fe, the National Forest, and The Nature Conservancy with a 22 mile network of trails in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Located a short distance from downtown Santa Fe, it is the...
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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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  • 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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  • Glorieta, New Mexico

    Hike the Glorieta Battlefield Trail

    2.25 mi / 500 ft gain
    This trail is a little tricky to get to, so be sure to stop at the Pecos NHP Visitor Center first for directions. You will also need to retrieve a gate code from the ranger. I would recommend picking up a guide inside the Visitor Center so you know what you're looking at on the trail (important)....
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  • Pecos, New Mexico

    Hike the South Pasture Loop Trail

    3.8 mi / 196 ft gain
    The South Pasture Loop trail, while part of the Pecos NHP, isn't in the main park. Currently, this trail is only open on the weekends and the road gate closes at 1pm. The trail itself closes at 3pm, and takes about 2-3 hours unless you plan on hiking for speed. No pets allowed. 0.7 miles down th...
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  • Sandia Park, New Mexico

    Golden Open Space Mesa Trail Loop

    5.0
    2.07 mi / 131 ft gain
    Golden Open Space Mesa Trail Loop is a dog and family-friendly loop trail located near Sandia Park, New Mexico. The trail is open year-round and offers expansive views of the valleys and mountains alongside Juniper and Pinyon trees. These trails are used by mountain bikers as well, so please keep...
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  • Catron County, New Mexico

    West Fork Loop

    12.46 mi / 2031 ft gain
    West Fork Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Pinos Altos, New Mexico.
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  • Los Alamos, New Mexico

    Kwage Mesa Trail Loop

    4.17 mi / 341 ft gain
    Kwage Mesa Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Los Alamos, New Mexico.
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