Trails

Mesa View Trail 

Open Season: Year-round 

Length: 3.8 miles 

Location of trail: Next to the visitor center 

Surface: Natural 

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous 

This journey climbs the mesa west of the visitor center and along the mesa’s edge before dropping back down into the valley. This trail provides some wonderful views of the Ladrone and surrounding mountains, as well as a wide diversity of awe-inspiring landforms. This hike is great for viewing lizards in the spring, summer and fall and sparrows in the winter. 

Nature Loop 

Open Season: Year-round 

Length: 1.1 miles 

Location of trail: South of the visitor center 

Surface: Natural 

Difficulty: Moderate 

This loop trail takes you through an arroyo and back up onto higher ground. There are several resting spots that are good for taking in the views. Look for lizards and coyote, rabbit and deer tracks. 

Ladrones Vista Trail 

Open Season: Year-round 

Length: 1.9 miles 

Location of trail: Connects with the Mesa View and Nature Loop 

Surface: Natural, rock-lined path 

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous 

Explore this trail through arroyos and up the side of the mesa. Along the way you will marvel at the beauty of Sevilleta, the Ladrones and middle Rio Grande Valley. Keep your eyes peeled for birds, lizards and insects.  

Wildflower Loop 

Open Season: Year-round 

Length: 0.25 miles 

Location of trail: East of the visitor center 

Surface: Paved 

Difficulty: Easy 

This paved trail provides great views of the Rio Grande Valley, surrounding mountains and stunning flowers (in season). 

Wetland Units 

Open Season: Year-round   

Location of trail: Southeast of the visitor center 

Surface: Paved 

Enjoy a short drive to explore the wetland units. You will see waterfowl in the winter, songbirds in the spring through the fall and deer and elk year-round. Most wildlife viewing will occur from your vehicle, but there are also limited hiking opportunities. Hiking is allowed from sunrise to sunset in Units A and B along roads and levees only. 

San Lorenzo Canyon 

Open Season: Year-round 

A scenic area of sheltered caves, sandstone cliffs, arches and hoodoos, San Lorenzo Canyon is rich in history and natural beauty. The geological formations make it an excellent spot for hiking and photography. The Canyon is jointly managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management as a primitive recreation area. There are no restrooms or drinking water. All trash must be packed out!

Entry Gate Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.14
View Trail

Ladrones Vista Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.94
View Trail

Unit A Birding Trail

Trail Length (mi)
4.23
View Trail

Mesa View Trail

Trail Length (mi)
2.68
View Trail

Unit B Birding Trail

Trail Length (mi)
2.35
View Trail

Wildflower Loop Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.29
View Trail