New Mexico Trails

Bisti Wilderness, New Mexico

Sunset at Bisti Wilderness, New Mexico

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.