Located North-East of Capitan, NM off of US-380. A rugged and rural environment, this wilderness offers many hiking and pack & saddle trails. To access the area you will need a 4 wheel drive, high clearance vehicle for most areas as the roads are in a primitive condition.
Trails of the Capitan Wilderness Area
South Base Trail - T57
Pancho Canyon - T62
Summit Trail - T58
Copeland Canyon - T63
Padilla Trail - T59
Capitan Peak Trail - T64
Mitt and Bar Trail - T60
North Base Trail - T65
Pierce Canyon Trail - T61
Seven Cabins Trail - T66
Pierce Canyon Alternate - T61A
Thorium Canyon Trail - T79
White Mountain Wilderness Area
Located just NW of the Village of Ruidoso, this wilderness area rises from 5,000' to over 11,000'. Many trails, most at higher elevations, offer spectactular views.
Trail #105: The National Recreation Rim Trail is 31.2 miles long. It begins at the southern end of the Village Of Cloudcroft along NM130 and ends 31.2 miles later at the Sacramento River Road south of Sunspot. The first 0.73 miles (to Slide Campground) is non-motorized with the rest of the trail south of Slide being motorized for motorcycles. There are multiple trailheads along the route so smaller day-hikes are easily planned. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Motorcycle Trail Riding.
Trail #106: The National Recreation Dog Canyon Trail is 5.5 miles long. It begins at Oliver Lee State Park and ends at Forest Road 90B. This beautiful trail traverses up from the desert to elevations over 2000' above its starting point and is a trail for the experienced hiker. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Trail #233: The La Pasada Encantada Trail is 0.4 mile long interpretive trail for the both the sighted and visually impaired. It is an easy hike located just south of Cloudcroft and offers regular interpretive signs as well as signs in Braille. The path of the trail is bordered by railroad ties allowing for easy use for those using assistive canes. It begins at Forest Road 24B at a trailhead immediately adjacent to the Sleepy Grass Campground and loops back to the starting point. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking.
Partially developed picnic and dispersed camping area nestled next to the waterfalls called Bluff Springs. A short trail exists just beyond the bridge that will take you up and over the waterfalls as well as another trail (Willie White Spur T112) that follows and old railroad grade to the east.
Located at the west end of the Village of Cloudcroft, the Trestle Recreation Area offers a day-use picnicking site with access to popular area trails. Water, restroom facilities, interpretive information, access to trails, picnic sites. This is a day-use facility only.