Best New Mexico Horse Trails

New Mexico has 22 horseback rides.

Located in the US, the horseback riding in New Mexico offers over twenty awesome horseback riding trails. The best New Mexico horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Agua Piedra Trail, Granny Mountain Trail, Black Canyon Trail, Devisadero Loop Trail, and Turkey Creek Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a New Mexico horseback riding trail below.


Agua Piedra Trail

South of Taos and northwest of Holman, the Agua Piedra Campground is a great base for exploring 13 miles of horseback riding trails ranging from 8,400 feet to 11,400 feet. The Agua Piedra Trail (#19A) heads south from the campground near the corral. It will take you to the junction of Trail 22, about one mile from the trailhead (8,400 feet). The old logging road continues up a drainage for another four miles then narrows as it switchbacks another mile to the Jicarita Ridge.  MORE INFO

Devisadero Loop Trail

East of Taos, the Devisadero Trail (#108) is a 5 mile horseback riding loop with about 1,100 feet of elevation gain. This trail begins across the highway from the El Nogal Picnic Area.  MORE INFO

Sawmill Wagon Road NRT

East of Silver City, the Sawmill Wagon Road National Recreation Trail (#243) is a 10 mile horseback riding route from Arenas Valley Trailhead To Junction of Trail 74 with elevations from 6,500 feet to 8,000 feet. The trail was an integral part of the original Fort Bayard Military Reservation in the late 1800's.  MORE INFO

Columbine Creek Trail

West of Red River and east Questa, the Columbine Creek Trail is an eight mile one-way horseback riding route up the steep and rocky route along the namesake stream in surprisingly lush deciduous forest. The horseback riding route begins at 8,000 feet and climbs through pine and aspen forests on the way to 11,200 feet. About a mile from the trailhead, the route also interests with the Columbine-Twinning National Recreation Trail.  MORE INFO

Alamitos Trail

South of Taos and northwest of Holman, the Alamitos Trail is a 13.6 mile route above 10,000 feet that is open to horseback riding. This horse trail climbs from Alamitos Trailhead to the Jicarita Peak Ridge then descends 1,000 feet in elevation into the East Fork of the Rio Santa Barbara drainage. The 1,000 foot drop into the drainage is steep and difficult.  MORE INFO

Fort Bayard Big Juniper Tree Trail

East of Silver City and north of Santa Clara, the Fort Bayard Big Juniper Tree Trail is a 5 mile horseback riding loop. It runs from Fort Bayard Adminstrative Site Trailhead To Arenas Valley Trailhead. The route is also shared by hikers and mountain bikers so use care.  MORE INFO

Wood Haul Wagon Ruts

East of Silver City and north of Santa Clara, the Wood Haul Wagon Ruts Trail is a 6 mile horseback riding route from Fort Bayard Administrative Site To Wagon Wheel Ruts. This route is also shared with hikers and mountain bikers so use care when riding.  MORE INFO

Crest Trail

Northeast of Glenwood, the Crest Trail (#182) is a 12 mile horseback riding route with elevations ranging from 9,100 feet to 10,800 feet with spectacular views of the Gila. This horse trail is known as the Crest Trail because it generally follows the crest of the Mogollon Mountains from Sandy Point to Mogollon Baldy in the Gila Wilderness. Most of this trail is in old growth mixed conifer and offers some of the most spectacular views of the Gila National Forest.  MORE INFO

Cedro Peak Trail System

East of Albuquerque and south of Tijeras, the Cedro Peak area has more than 30 miles of cross-crossing horseback riding trails. These rocky, winding trails can be challenging and difficult to navigate. Make sure to pick up the latest available trail map directly from the local Ranger Station.  MORE INFO

Otero Canyon Trail / Blue Ribbon Trail

East of Albuquerque and south of Tijeras, a cool rolling 8 mile horseback riding loop combines the Otero Canyon Trail going up with the Blue Ribbon Trail (#236) coming back down. Watch for numerous side trails to explore.  MORE INFO

Fort Stanton Trail

Southeast of Lincoln near Ruidoso, the 24,000 acre Fort Stanton ACEC has 60 miles of developed horseback riding trails. In particular, the Fort Stanton Trail is a 21 mile route passing through the Roswell Resource Area. The routes are also open to hiking and mountain biking so use care when riding.  MORE INFO