Summer time can call for some fun in the sun, including hiking! You can take the kids and even the pup! Make sure you stay hydrated, bring plenty of water, dress in layers, always tell someone where and when you're going, all the safety precautions for a successful hike.

Here are the top 5 places in New Mexico to take a hike!

  • Bar Canyon

    Bar Canyon is very close to Las Cruces! It's a three-mile loop, which offers an easy and scenic hike.

    The Bar Canyon Trail includes scenic vistas of the central Organ Mountains and the southern Mesilla Valley. It is located at the Soledad Canyon Day Use Area. Dogs are allowed and there is no fee to hike!

  • Dune Life Natural Trail at White Sands

    This trail is a moderate, one mile loop that isn't difficult, but does require hikers to climb two steep dunes with loose sand so be prepared and wear the correct shoes!

    While hiking look for tracks of the animals that call these dunes their home, like small foxes, badgers, birds, rodents, and reptiles. The average completion time for this trail is one hour.

  • Playa Trail at White Sands

    The Playa Trail is an easy, half mile round trip, level trail with outdoor exhibits along the way to help you learn and explore and it is perfect for the kids! It only takes about 30 minutes to complete this educational and fun hike!

    The end of the trail gives hikers the opportunity to time travel 10,000 years back and see what the area looked like and what giants roamed the land. Very cool and a huge hit with the kids.


  • Dripping Springs

    It's a hike from the base of the Organ Mountains into the low elevation area where the spring flows. Lots of little critters roam and live in this area so the kids can spot different birds, rabbits ans reptiles on the kid friendly hike!


  • Desert Discovery Trail

    Nestled in the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, this trail features an easy 1.5 mile trek around the park where hikers can learn about the geology, archaeology, plants and animals of the region. Fun for the family!