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123 mi 198 km of trail 5 Recommended Routes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 8 Trails Intermediate Trails 21 Trails Hard Trails 2 Trails
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Gems in Southeastern New Mexico - 2

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gem Favorite The Whale: Rock formation in Carlsbad Caverns on the way to the Big Room.

Carlsbad Cavern

(14) Whites…, NM
gem Favorite Slaughter Canyon Cave. Photo Courtesy of the NPS (Pam Cox)

Slaughter Canyon Cave Tour

(1) Whites…, NM

Recommended Routes in Southeastern New Mexico - 5

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Favorite About halfway up to the top of the canyon - you can see the fall colors around the lower portion of the trail below.
Intermediate/Difficult

The Notch Out-and-Back

9.9 mi 16.0 km 1,092' Up 332.84 m Up 1,092' Down 332.86 m Down

Pine Sp…, TX
Favorite White Oak's Canyon
Difficult

Sitting Bull Falls Loop Trail

9.9 mi 15.9 km 1,782' Up 543.24 m Up 1,785' Down 544.04 m Down

Whites…, NM
Favorite Natural Entrance to Carlsbad Caverns.... only 750" under ground
Easy

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail

0.8 mi 1.3 km 66' Up 20.08 m Up 66' Down 20.08 m Down

Whites…, NM
Favorite Some wildlife along the trail
Easy

Bitter Lake Wildlife Viewing Trail

7.2 mi 11.6 km 47' Up 14.46 m Up 48' Down 14.49 m Down

Roswell, NM
Favorite Namesake of the Rattlesnake Canyon Trail: crotalus atrox.
Intermediate/Difficult

Rattlesnake Canyon Loop

6.1 mi 9.9 km 676' Up 205.99 m Up 668' Down 203.52 m Down

Whites…, NM

Trails in Southeastern New Mexico - 26

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11.0 mi 17.7 km #1McKittrick Canyon Trail
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX 10 
6.1 mi 9.8 km #2Last Chance Canyon Trail (T.226)
Intermediate/Difficult
Whites City, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Whites City, NM
0.4 mi 0.6 km #3Slaughter Canyon Cave Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Whites City, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Whites City, NM
12.1 mi 19.5 km #4Tejas Trail
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
11.9 mi 19.1 km #5Bush Mountain Trail
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
4.8 mi 7.7 km #6Permian Reef Geology Trail
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
7.9 mi 12.6 km #7Yucca Canyon Trail T225
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
3.4 mi 5.5 km #8Sitting Bull Falls Trail (T.68)
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
3.9 mi 6.3 km #9White Oaks Trail (T.217)
Difficult
Whites City, NM
Difficult
Whites City, NM
1.6 mi 2.6 km #10CCC Trail (T.214)
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
3.6 mi 5.8 km #11Old Guano Road Trail
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
0.7 mi 1.1 km #12Indian Meadow Nature Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Easy/Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
2.9 mi 4.7 km #13Rattlesnake Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
8.2 mi 13.2 km #14La Cueva Trail
Intermediate
Carlsbad, NM
Intermediate
Carlsbad, NM
18.6 mi 29.9 km #15Guadalupe Ridge Trail
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
5.4 mi 8.6 km #16North Slaughter Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
3.9 mi 6.3 km #17Marcus Trail
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
2.1 mi 3.4 km #18Upper Rattlesnake Canyon
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
1.0 mi 1.6 km #19Overlook Trail (T.215)
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
Intermediate
Whites City, NM
0.8 mi 1.3 km #20Cottonwood Springs Dam Trail
Easy
Whites City, NM
Easy
Whites City, NM
0.4 mi 0.7 km #21Geology Loop Trail
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
0.5 mi 0.8 km #22Lincoln Trail
Easy
Capitan, NM
Easy
Capitan, NM
7.1 mi 11.4 km #23Unimproved Road
Easy
Capitan, NM
Easy
Capitan, NM
1.9 mi 3.1 km #24Unimproved Road
Easy
Capitan, NM
Easy
Capitan, NM
1.1 mi 1.7 km #25Juniper Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Whites City, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Whites City, NM
1.8 mi 2.9 km #26Camp Wilderness Ridge #45
Easy/Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Easy/Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX

Photos of Southeastern New Mexico - 98

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The Whale: Rock formation in Carlsbad Caverns on the way to the Big Room.
Apr 3, 2018 near Whites…, NM
Panorama of McKittrick Canyon, viewed from west of Wilderness Ridge Backcountry Camp. My new favorite spot at GUMO.
Sep 17, 2018 near Pine Sp…, TX
Last Chance Canyon
Jan 17, 2019 near Whites…, NM
A texas horned lizard, camouflaged against the desert rocks, sits along the side of the trail. Be careful where you step, as lizards and snakes can be found throughout the day.
Apr 17, 2017 near Whites…, NM
Hall of White Giants.
Apr 3, 2018 near Whites…, NM
McKittrick Canyon Trail
Sep 30, 2015 near Pine Sp…, TX
White Oak Canyon
Jan 16, 2019 near Whites…, NM
The view into McKittrick Canyon, just west of Wilderness Ridge Backcountry Camp
Sep 17, 2018 near Pine Sp…, TX