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New Mexico Hiking Trail Finder
This site is designed to provide quick, organized access to informative New Mexico hiking websites. Private hiking enthusiasts like you have created excellent web pages on New Mexico hiking trails -- then posted those pages on free web servers -- only to be ignored by search engines. The purpose of this site is to provide a way to find these personal hiking pages, and make your research easier.
- Albuquerque Area This is a site maintained by the Albuquerque Journal and well, newspaper hiking sites are usually lousy, but this one is not the usual newspaper hiking site. Page features links to about 20 ABQ area trails, and those individual trail pages provide a nice write up, along with all the stats, suggestions, location, details, ratings, etc. Click on this thing if you're interested in Albuquerque area hiking.
- Aztec Ruins National Monument Loop Trail National Park Service site has one of the easiest, most conveniently located -- and most rewarding to visit, of its Indian archaeology sites located near Farmington, New Mexico. Anyway, this brief web write-up on the NaturalBornHikers site gives you a pretty good feel for the place, with a half dozen terrific photos as well. Although the "hike" is only about .25 mile, plan on spending a lot of time. The restored Grand Kiva is a terrific educational experience. For some reason this link doesn't always connect to the Aztec part; sometimes it goes to Bandelier NM -- and that's good too. Just scroll down the page a ways and you'll find Aztec.
- Cloud Climbing Rail Trail Cloudcroft area. Part of New Mexico rails-to-trails; site not fully operational as of early 2002.
- El Malpais National Monument Popular lava-flow hiking area a few minutes south of I-40 in western NM. Hiking, caving, natural features, etc. This National Park Service website doesn't have much in-depth info, but will give you an overview of the area. Well worth a visit, although this link may not convince you.
- General a little of everything on a site by Greg Burch. Good stuff for the New Mexico backpacking enthusiast.
- General this is a "best of" New Mexico hiking, climbing, caving & camping page, divied up by region. Not much here but a well written "overview." Some decent links to downloadable maps, brochures, and more. This site has improved drastically over the last couple years. By New Mexico Dept of Tourism.
- General join "John" on the cybermaze.com site with trips and hikes to ghost towns, old graveyards, the Jemez Mountains, Taos, and a fascinating tour of Santa Fe. Emphasis on photography; good site with hiking info and destinations.
- Jemez Mountains brief trip report; here's how one group visited the area. Not heavy on info, but interesting introduction.
- Jemez Mountain Area Site is the Jemez Mountain "Trail" (trail meaning "highway") site hosted by Sandoval County, features information on sights along Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway, with some sketchy hiking info...nice site otherwise.
- Organ Mountains List of 22 peaks with great information, geared toward climbers. Nice little site by Jeffrey Amato, Assistant Professor of Structural Geology and Tectonics, New Mexico State University.
- Sandia Mountains this is an excellent guide by Mike Coltrin. Covers trails, peaks; how-to, where-to, and what-with. Must click for Sandia Mt. hikers and backpackers.
- Sandia Mountains great article on hikes in the Sandia Mountains, By William C. Reichard on the Altrec website. Not quite as informative as the link above, but you'll certainly want to read this.
- Sangre de Cristo Mountains here's the hiking trail page on a site by Sangre de Cristo Mountain Works, a well-known local outfitter. This particular page has brief outlines, directions & photos for about a half dozen day hikes, including the Atalaya Mountain Trail, Borrego Trail, Chamisa Trail, Aspen Vista, and the Dale Ball trail network.
- Santa Fe National Historic Trail Loosely preserved corridor from Missouri to New Mexico bisects Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado. It is frequently viewed from the comfort of an automobile, but numerous sections can only be hiked. This page is part of the Kansas Heritage site, and is about the most comprehensive. Other useful links include the official National Park Service site, as well as the more comprehensive Santa Fe Trail Association site. Another helpful guide to get you started is this site, which focuses on Colorado & New Mexico.
- Wheeler Peak backpacking site has great trip narrative, outstanding photos by Sam Cox. This is how a trip narrative should be done.
100 miles to Tucumcari...
It seems every visit I've ever made to New Mexico involved miles and miles of driving between destinations. Ship Rock to Chaco Canyon, then El Malpais & El Morro. White Sands to Carlsbad Caverns. Driving, driving, driving. Every now and then I'd wonder about some out-of-the-way place of interest on the map..."Bisti Badlands" or "Angel Peak" for example. I could never find any information, and certainly didn't find any signs or directions. I've driven miles and miles, and passed dozens of incredible places.
Well, I put my foot down. In this wired age, there's no excuse to fly by the good stuff while the kids query about restrooms. Using the internet, I found a book called
New Mexico's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide by Bob Julyan, (with cool photos by Tom Till) to which I added a copy of
100 Hikes in New Mexico by Craig Martin. New Mexico is sparse (and beautiful) country; signs and information are also in short supply. I've done the National Park Trails three times each -- they're fantastic -- but I'm ready to move on to some new sights.
Speaking of sights, remember when it was a "privilege" to visit Acoma Pueblo, the "Sky City?" You paid a visit to the tribal council, were warned against taking photos, and generally had to vow not to do anything to insult the holiness of the sacred ground. For this privilege, they extracted a healthy fee from the tourist. Today, of course, you may visit the Acoma Sky City Casino! (Apparently the sacred spirits have no qualms about gambling.) Anyway, it's still a cool place to visit.
Want to save your back? Taos area Wild Earth Llama Adventures offers educational multi-day llama treks and gourmet lunch day hikes in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Llamas may be weird looking, but that's easy to overlook when they're schlepping the gear.
-- Rick Bolger
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