New Mexico, located in the southwestern U.S., is generally mountainous, with the Colorado Plateau — a series of flat land, gorges, mountains and valleys — in the northwest corner, and the Rocky Mountains stretching from the north — including the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountain ranges.
New Mexico is known for White Sands National Monument, a dramatic feature made up of white gypsum sand dunes. The state is also home to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, a park with more than 100 caves to explore.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking New Mexico.
Yapashi Pueblo Loop, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
Backcountry Loop, White Sands National Monument, NM
Leave the desert heat and hike along side Lanphier Canyon Blue River Loop, take a dip in the cool Arizona water when the sun gets too hot.