While you can find most everything on the internet in the 21st century, hiking trails seem to be one of the few arenas where the internet has failed to become the kind of one-stop-shop for dependable information that we now take for granted.
Trail guides and maps are often the best tools when out wandering through the woods, but they often fail to provide the kind of up-to-date information needed to plan longer journeys. In many cases, marked trails may have not seen maintenance or foot traffic in years or have otherwise become overgrown, washed away by floods, or obliterated by wildfire.
Land management agencies like the Forest Service, BLM, and National Park Service should be able to provide current information on local trails. But due to languishing budgets and internal cultures that leave staff unprepared to answer detailed questions about the trails they manage, few options remain for properly planning long hikes in remote places.
After a particularly discouraging experience speaking with the district recreation desk of national forest in New Mexico, I decided to create the kind of resource for hiking in the Land of Enchantment that I had been wanting all along.
As the 5th largest state, New Mexico offers some of the most diverse hiking and exploring in the country. With nearly 27 million acres of public lands, 5 national forests, 26 wilderness areas and countless mountain ranges, the Land of Enchantment provides endless opportunities to get off the beaten path and explore the trail less traveled.
The purpose of this site is NOT to provide details information about trails, but rather to convey the basic, bare bones data needed to know whether a trip is even possible. With this mission in mind, this site will focus on longer, seldom visited trails that are most likely be in questionable condition. While we all enjoy the lure of the unknown, it can be discouraging after planning for weeks or driving for hours only to learn that a water source has gone dry, a road is impassable or a trail has become non-existent.