Picacho Peak Summit Hike

Picacho Peak is a 4959-foot high peak just northwest of Las Cruces. It is 1.2 miles from the trailhead to the top - a 2.4-mile roundtrip hike. It is a volcanic mountain composed of rhyolite (mostly quartz and feldspar) that solidified at the surface approximately 35 million years ago. From the top there are great views of Las Cruces, the Organ Mountains plus miles and miles of the surrounding area. We've classified the hike as moderate because of the distance, but it is steep with lots of loose rocks on the trail.

Ride Info

  • 1.20 miles of Singletrack
  • 790 feet
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Elevation Profile

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How to get there:

The last two miles of road are unpaved and may require a high clearance vehicle. Directions from the BLM web site: From Interstate 10: Take exit 135 (W. Picacho Ave. /Highway 70 East) and travel east for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn north on Picacho Hills Dr. Continue on Barcelona Ridge Rd. after one mile. Travel one more mile and turn north on Anthem Rd. Follow this for one mile to its end. Turn north on Picacho Peak Loop Rd. ( becomes unpaved). Follow this for 1.5 miles to the trailhead parking lot. From Interstate 25: Take exit 6 (Highway 70 West/Las Cruces). Travel west (this is also known as N. Main St.) for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn right (west) on W. Picacho Ave. and follow this for four miles. Turn north on Picacho Hills Dr. Continue on Barcelona Ridge Rd. after one mile. Travel one more mile and turn north on Anthem Rd. Follow this for one mile to its end. Turn north on Picacho Peak Loop Rd. (becomes unpaved). Follow this for 1.5 miles to the trailhead parking lot.