Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in New Mexico

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in New Mexico. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in New Mexico that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Paseo del Bosque Trail
Paseo del Bosque Trail The Paseo del Bosque Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Albuquerque! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Paseo del Bosque Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Pet Friendly Rinconada Canyon Trail
Rinconada Canyon Trail See up to 300 petroglyphs on the Rinconada trail in Petroglyph National Monument. This 2.2-mile round trip trail offers easy to moderately strenuous hiking. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Bring plenty of water for you and your canine companion. See Details
Santa Fe Rail-Trail The Santa Fe Rail-Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Santa Fe! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Santa Fe Rail-Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
State Capitol Grounds Leashed dogs are welcome in the State Capitol Grounds, which is located near Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta. Plenty of green space to walk Fido. See Details
Sandia Crest Trail No. 130S This is a great hike located on the backside of the Sandia Mountains. It's a short 15-30 minute drive from the beautiful city of Albuquerque. This trail is a beginner/intermediate level hike(some steep hills) and puppy friendly! The whole hike leads to the Sandia Crest, or spend a few hours looking for fossils(on the trail of course), and head back down! A great way to spend the morning, afternoon, or day with the people and puppies you love most. Make sure to bring water in your car as there is no potable water nearby. See Details
Ned Houk Memorial Park Your pet will love this memorial park, which includes tons of wide open green grass and a few small lakes. Pets are welcome to join you on-leash. See Details
Cerrillos Hills State Park Off the beaten path park with hiking loops and expansive views. Leashed dogs are welcome on trails. See Details
White Sands National Park Dogs are welcome to explore the extremely rare gypsum sand dunes at White Sands National Park, as long as they are on a leash no longer than six feet, cleaned up after, given lots of water, and never left unattended. Dogs are not allowed inside White Sands' visitor center. White Sands National Park is open daily, year-round, apart from Christmas Day. Hours of operation vary throughout the year, so dog owners should check its website before planning their outing. White Sands' entrance fee is $20 per vehicle, $10 per person, $15 per motorcycle, and $40 for an annual pass. See Details
Blue Hole Recreation Spot This spot offers a nice place to relax. Your pet is welcome to come in on leash. You and your family will enjoy the nice water that stays at a constant 62 degrees. The water is always changing every 6 hours because of the connected underneath water system. The water is 82 feet deep so good swimmers recommended. The dogs are NOT allowed in the water. See Details
Petroglyph National Monument Multiple hiking trails varying in length with ancient petroglyphs etched into the rocks. There is no fee to enter the National Park, but there is one trail that has a parking fee, but that trail DOES NOT allow dogs. Watch out for snakes and bring plenty of water! See Details
San Vicente Trail, Brewer Hill There are two sets of hiking trails starting right in downtown Silver City. San Vicente Trail runs along a riparian area with trees, etc. before looping out into grasslands. Much of this trail was built and maintained by local youth under YCC (Youth Conservation Corps). The Brewer Hill complex has multiple trailheads, off Market Street (high point), Bremen, and Cooper. It's trails go up and around an old manganese mining area. Bring water for your dog on this one. You can hike as long or short as you wish on both these hiking areas. Maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce, corner of Hudson and Broadway. Then, there's the entire Gila Wilderness in our backyard, with lots of beautiful trails and rivers. See Details
Santa Fe Rail-Trail The Santa Fe Rail-Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Lamy! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Santa Fe Rail-Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Grand View Trail The Grand View Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in La Luz! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Grand View Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Chaco Culture National Historical Park Take your four-legged friend hiking and camping in this area once home to ancestral Puebloans. Pets are allowed on the following trails: Penasco Blanco, Pueblo Alto, Wijiji, and South Mesa trails. Pets are not allowed in archaeological sites at any time. Dogs must remain on a leash of no more than six feet at all times. See Details
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Leashed dogs are welcome to join you as you hike through the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, which plays a crucial role in the conservation of wetlands in the desert Southwest. The Refuge has four short trails and two longer trails, located adjacent to the Refuge Headquarters and Wildlife Drive. The trails are open year-round from dawn to dusk, Monday through Friday. Pets are not allowed in the Visitor Center, and should not be left unattended in a vehicle due to extreme temperatures. See Details
Rockhound State Park Rockhound State Park is set in the rugged slopes of the Little Florida Mountains. The Park features trails, wildflowers, unique geology, and a peaceful campground. Bring Fido to the Spring Canyon unit of the park for a hike and a picnic. Dog owners should clean up after their pet, keep them on a short leash to avoid cacti, and watch out for snakes during snake season. Visitors should check the weather before planning their outing, as it can get very hot. The welcome center has dog bowls on the front patio where Fido can refuel. Rockhound State Park is open Wednesday through Sunday, and the Rockhound Gate is closed from sunset to 7am. Spring Canyon Hours are from 8am to 4pm. See Details
Pecos National Historical Park Pecos National Historical Park is dog-friendly. In addition to the well-known pueblo and mission, the park offers many other connections to Southwestern history and culture: a stage stop on the Santa Fe Trail, Civil War battle sites, New Mexico ranch history, Route 66 history, and more. Pets are allowed on the trails throughout the park on a leash. Pecos National Historical Park is open every day of the week from 8am to 6pm. See Details
Soledad Canyon Loop Soledad Canyon Loop is a 3.4 mile hiking trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Leashed dogs are allowed on the trail. See Details
Clayton Lake State Park Clayton Lake State Park is a pet-friendly state park in New Mexico. It features a 170-acre recreational reservoir and a fossil trackway with dinosaur footprints. You and your pooch can enjoy the rolling grasslands, volcanic rocks, and sandstone bluffs that make up the landscape. The park area was a stopover point for travelers along the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail. There are a few dog-friendly trails for leashed pups to explore, too. Clayton Lake State Park is open every day of the week, 24-hours a day. See Details
Carson National Forest Carson National Forest is pet-friendly. Some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest is found in this 1.5 million acre forest. Elevations rise from 6,000 feet to 13,161 feet at Wheeler Peak, the highest in New Mexico, also found within the park. Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. See Details
Roswell UFO Spacewalk Roswell UFO Spacewalk is pet-friendly. The Spacewalk features a walk-through blacklight alien adventure that transports you onto an alien ship and planet. The lobby features the retro sci-fi art of the creator, Bryan Ward, and a selection of unique space toys. They are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. See Details
City of Rocks State Park City of Rocks State Park is pet-friendly. The park is open every day of the week from 7am to 9pm. City of Rocks gets its name from volcanic rock formations. The park is one square mile and is located in the scenic Chihuahuan desert region of southwestern New Mexico. Dogs are welcome on the trails that weave around the park, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. See Details
Northside at Taos Ski Valley Northside at Taos Ski Valley is pet-friendly. Dogs are welcome, if they can be kept under strict voice command. You may encounter horseback riders on the public trail and other trail users, so your dog must be kept under complete control. If any incident occurs where your dog causes damage or injury to anything or anyone, you will be strictly liable for any such damage or injury. See Details