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Featured National Recreation Trails

A sampling of National Recreation Trails in the news or recently designated. The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.


National Recreation Trails... America's great trails!

Every kind of trail activity is represented in the listing of designated NRTs. Besides hiking and bicycling, the system includes water trails, motorized routes, snow tracks, greenways, and equestrian paths.

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Berg/Animas Trail Animas and Berg Parks are home to a four-mile network of trails along the Animas River in Farmington. The trails run along the river’s edges, wind through groves of native cottonwoods, and cross the river by bridge at two points. In addition to providing terrestrial recreation, the trails are used to put in or take out for the purposes of running the river by canoe, kayak, or raft. This trail network offers the citizens of Farmington, the neighboring cities in the Four Corners Region, and the members of four nearby Indian tribes fitness, nature, and cultural activities. One unique community event is Winterglow, when the trail along the river during the Christmas season is lit with candles in the New Mexico tradition of farolitos (designated 2011).


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Tent Rocks Trail in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks

National Monument (Photo by Stephen Ausherman)

Canyon Trail – Located in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, this 2.2-mile interpretive trail offers school groups and visitors year-round the ability to study tracks in the shifting sands, evidence of kangaroo rats, box turtles, and a host of other wildlife that call the refuge home (designated 2008).


Catwalk Trail Located on the Glenwood Ranger District of the Gila National Forest, the trail follows the route of a water pipeline built in 1893 through the very narrow Whitewater Canyon. In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built a trail consisting of a hanging walkway following the path of the old pipeline. The Forest Service rebuilt the trail in 1961, and in 1978 it was designated a National Recreation Trail.


Chupadera Wilderness Trail – Traversing the Chupadera Wilderness Area of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, this 9.5-mile backcountry trail is rich in wildlife and wildflowers, and takes hikers through a range of landscapes culminating in a 360-degree view of several mountain ranges (designated 2008).


Dripping Springs Trail System, New Mexico Hiking and biking trails in southern New Mexico along the Organ Mountains, managed by the Bureau of Land Management. See photos and details...


High Desert Trail System 11.2 miles of varied trails atop the mesas overlooking Gallup (designated 2012).

Sierra Vista Trail Built by the Bureau of Land Management, local mountain biking and running groups, and many volunteers for mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian use, this 29-mile trail runs the length of the west side of the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces. The trail provides spectacular views of the mountains jutting majestically above the desert floor, and is a safe, convenient, and relatively easy way to explore the Chihuahuan Desert (designated 2013).


Tent Rocks Trail The two-mile Tent Rocks Trail is managed by the Bureau of Land Management from the Albuquerque Field Office. Located in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, the trail is located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 50 miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the most direct access from Interstate 25. The trail features a close view of these intriguing natural features.


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