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Try These Great Hikes in the Sandia Mountains

By William C. Reichard. Updated by Great Outdoors Staff

The sculpted rock of the Sandia Mountains span four life zones of enchantment for the hiker.

From Chaco Canyon to Sky City

Come along on a hiking expedition through the magical landscapes of New Mexico, from the sprawling complex of great houses and kivas in Chaco Canyon, to the mysteries of the Acoma people’s mesa-top pueblo and their ancient trade routes across the lava flows


Two-Day Triumph

By Jim Gorman

Rafting Cali's best white water, biking among bison, and eight other ways to make a weekend less ordinary.

Five Spring Escapes

By Elena Moon

Winter skies got you down? Try a little armchair casting for some warm weather escapes when spring rolls around.

Hill Climbs

By Erik Scmidt

Want to be King of the Mountains? Test your mettle against the 'baddest' hill climbs in America.

Desert Palette

By Jack Dykinga

The Sonoran Desert - rich with color, light, and geological texture. Pulitzer-prize-winning photographer Jack Dykinga shares images from the American Southwest.

Remote Datil is a Gem

By Rebecca Gonzales

This sport climber's paradise has steep faces, protected routes, and unbeatable camping.

New Mexico's Pecos Wilderness

By Jeff Everist

There are a lot of ways to explore Pecos Wilderness and a lifetime of things to see once you are there.

Sangre de Cristo Mountains

By Mary Humphrey

Peaks, lakes, high meadows, and forests lure both dayhikers and
backpackers into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Elk, Solitude and Trout in the San Pedro Parks

By Craig Martin

Quiet solitude, gentle grades, and a spiderweb network of trails make this wilderness accessible to a wide variety of users from multi-day backpackers to local fishermen to families.

Cruces Basin Wilderness

By Craig Martin

Brush up on your navigation skills and enter one of New Mexico's hidden wilderness treasures. You'll be rewarded with days of secluded wandering among meadows, forests, and wide-open valleys.

Camping Beneath the Moon at White Sands Monument

By Jeff Everist

The largest gypsum deposit on earth lies in the shifting dunes of New Mexico's Tularosa Basin. See why this surreal world is best captured by moonlight.

Winsor Trail: Good Times, Bad Times

By Craig Martin

The Winsor Trail always gives you a bit of everything, from smooth glides to bone-jarring rocks, from gentle slopes to brake-screeching pitches, from rich aspen forest to thirsty pine woods.

Nine Hot Albuquerque Rides

By Charlie Ervin

From the extinct volcanoes that loom on the West Mesa to the rugged terrain of the Manzano Mountains, Albuquerque offers plenty of places to spin your wheels.

Mountain Biking at Sandia Peak

By Jeff Everist

Both serious athletes and average riders will enjoy miles of trails for all skill levels.

La Liendre's Fat-tire Ghosts

By Craig Martin

New Mexico 67--an unlikely mountain bike route to a late-nineteenth century ranch town.

El Nogal Loop

By David Nelson

A moderate to difficult route in Taos country.

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