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243 mi 392 km of trail 4 Recommended Routes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 11 Trails Intermediate Trails 59 Trails Hard Trails 9 Trails
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Gems in Lincoln National Forest - 2

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gem Favorite Mexican Canyon Railroad Trestle is both beautiful and a feat of engineering.

Mexican Canyon Trestle

(2) La Luz, NM
gem Favorite This is all that's left of the old cabin on the Dog Canyon Trail...

Old Cabin

(2) Boles A…, NM

Recommended Routes in Lincoln National Forest - 4

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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 Incredible view down into White Sands National Monument!
Difficult

Rim Trail Out-and-Back

23.2 mi 37.3 km 3,088' Up 941.21 m Up 3,088' Down 941.28 m Down

La Luz, NM
Favorite Crossing the Arroyo. Looking NW.
Difficult

Alamo Canyon Loop

6.3 mi 10.1 km 1,246' Up 379.74 m Up 1,248' Down 380.44 m Down

Alamogordo, NM
Favorite A woman and her dog head west from Bridal Veil Falls chasing the sunset.
Intermediate

Fresnal Canyon Rails-to-Trails

8.9 mi 14.4 km 767' Up 233.7 m Up 767' Down 233.68 m Down

La Luz, NM

Trails in Lincoln National Forest - 75

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6.1 mi 9.8 km #1Three Rivers Trail (#44)
Intermediate/Difficult
Carrizozo, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Carrizozo, NM
0.2 mi 0.3 km #2Schofield/Taylor Canyon #5007D
Intermediate
Alamogordo, NM
Intermediate
Alamogordo, NM
21.6 mi 34.7 km #3Crest Trail (#25)
Intermediate
Carrizozo, NM
Intermediate
Carrizozo, NM
5.3 mi 8.6 km #4Dog Canyon Trail (T106)
Difficult
Alamogordo, NM
Difficult
Alamogordo, NM
1.6 mi 2.6 km #5Lower Cedar Creek Trail #120A
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
2.5 mi 4.1 km #6Argentina Canyon Trail (#39)
Intermediate/Difficult
Carrizozo, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Carrizozo, NM
7.2 mi 11.6 km #7Grindstone Lake Trail
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
6.1 mi 9.8 km #8Last Chance Canyon Trail (T.226)
Intermediate/Difficult
Whites City, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Whites City, NM
2.9 mi 4.6 km #9Alfred Hale Connector
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
2.8 mi 4.5 km #10Grindstone Ridge Connector
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
1.2 mi 1.9 km #11Cloud Climbing Trestle Trail (T5001)
Intermediate
La Luz, NM
Intermediate
La Luz, NM
3.1 mi 5.0 km #12Mineral Springs Trail (T5579)
Intermediate/Difficult
Alamogordo, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Alamogordo, NM
4.9 mi 7.8 km #13A Trail (T119)
Difficult
Alamogordo, NM
Difficult
Alamogordo, NM
1.8 mi 3.0 km #14Bailey Canyon Trail
Intermediate
La Luz, NM
Intermediate
La Luz, NM
2.5 mi 4.1 km #15Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail (T5002)
Intermediate/Difficult
La Luz, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
La Luz, NM
3.1 mi 5.0 km #16Switchback Trail (T5004)
Intermediate
La Luz, NM
Intermediate
La Luz, NM
5.8 mi 9.3 km #17Dry Canyon Trail (T5574)
Intermediate/Difficult
La Luz, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
La Luz, NM
31.4 mi 50.6 km #18Rim Trail (T105)
Difficult
La Luz, NM
Difficult
La Luz, NM
4.7 mi 7.6 km #19Big Bonito Trail #T36
Intermediate
Carrizozo, NM
Intermediate
Carrizozo, NM
1.2 mi 1.9 km #20Sleepy Grass Trail T11
Easy/Intermediate
La Luz, NM
Easy/Intermediate
La Luz, NM

Photos of Lincoln National Forest - 151

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Mexican Canyon Railroad Trestle is both beautiful and a feat of engineering.
Feb 2, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Last Chance Canyon
Jan 17, 2019 near Whites…, NM
Grindstone Lake and the Ruidoso Valley just before dawn. Alfred Hale Connector is the perfect spot to watch the sun rise over the mountains.
Mar 23, 2016 near Ruidoso, NM
White Oak Canyon
Jan 16, 2019 near Whites…, NM
Incredible view down into White Sands National Monument!
Oct 31, 2017 near La Luz, NM
The trail can be seen coming off the bench section toward the cabin in the canyon.
Jan 8, 2017 near Boles A…, NM
Zinker Canyon Trail T5660
Jun 20, 2020 near Mescalero, NM
Zinker Canyon Trail T5660
Jun 20, 2020 near Mescalero, NM