By: Laurence Parent
New Mexico is blessed with a striking and surprisingly diverse landscape - a paradise for hikers. It includes White Sands National Monument, the desert country of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and the pine-forested Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Forests blanket more than a quarter of the state, and the southern extension of the Rocky Mountains boasts several snow-capped peaks over 13,000 feet. Given this array of hiking possibilities, Hiking New Mexico should be the first thing to go in the hiker's pack.
Completely updated and expanded, Hiking New Mexico is now better than ever. More than ninety hikes are described in detail by noted writer and outdoor photographer Laurence Parent, and the addition of elevation graphs makes it easy to determine the level of difficulty of each hike. Many of the state's most popular outing are included, such as the La Luz Trail, as well as many undiscovered trips in the San Mateo and Peloncillo Mountains. Detailed maps and beautiful black-and-white photos supplement the text. There are also sections on backcountry safety, outdoor ethics, and hiking with children.
Day hikers and veteran backpackers alike will find Hiking New Mexico an invaluable sourcebook on trips and trails in New Mexico's magnificent backcountry.