Section 1 - Southern Terminus Hiking

The Continental Divide Trail runs from Mexico northward to the Canadian border. A long hiking segment passes through New Mexico. The section in New Mexico can be conveniently divided into 6 sections.

The southernmost section is a 90 mile section from the Mexico border to the town of Lordsburg. It passes through high desert and around the Big Hatchett Mountains.

Take Interstate 10 east from Lordsburg or West from Deming to Exit 49, take NM 146 South to Hachita, turn East on NM 9, turn South on NM 81, go south about 11 miles. Just before the curve in the highway, turn left onto the graded dirt road. All roads beyond this point are dirt. Go 3 miles and turn right. Go another 3 miles and turn left. Follow this road around the base of the Big Hatchet Mountains for about 20 miles to a windmill (Mangas Well, named for Apache Chief Mangas Colorado). From the windmill, go east 2 miles. You will be at the international boundary fence. At the cattleguard, there is a concrete monument commeorating the Ccrazy cook who murdered someone at the site. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail goes west, back along the road to the windmill, then proceeds northwest through the Big Hatchet Mountains.

Section 1 - Southern Terminus Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Adventure Cycling (406) 721-1776; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking New Mexico" from Laurence Parent

Best Season:  Not Winter

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  6/26/2016

Section 1 - Southern Terminus Hiking Map


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