You Can Get There From Here!
Alamogordo offers a number of interesting hikes, right from in town. Scenic Drive is the connection to all of those adventures, and includes a number of activities in and to itself. This main arterial roadway loops around the base of the mountains on the eastern side of town. This activities description begins on the far southern end of the road. The mileages measure from there.
Mile 0.0 Take off up Alamo Canyon from Scenic Drive and hit the trailheads for T104, Alamo Canyon; T103, Caballero Canyon; T107, Roundup Grounds... and a variety of side canyon hikes. T104/T103 include potentials to hike all the way to the top of the mountain range (9200') connecting with a number of higher elevation trails like Pipeline (T110) and Atkinson Canyon (T111). Alamo Canyon trail goes right on up to Alamo Peak.
Additionally, at this point you are on the designated community walking trail, complete with mile markers every 1/8th mile. This provides a marked course of one mile on either side of the street.
Mile 0.1 Take off to the east up this dirt track to access the Prominent Point hike, and the connection to RockaChucky Wash... traversing on up to The Mesa. Additionally, the open expanse of desert between the road and the base of the mountains provides a number of tracks to enjoy mountain biking.
Mile 0.7 You are at the AquaDuct and the designated Pedestrian and Bicycle path on either side of the canal. This provides miles of smooth pathway for running and biking, and gives access to both Goat Springs trail and the variety of hikes up in Marble Canyon. As you look to the east you are looking right up into Goat Springs Wash and the dramatic waterfall feature.
Mile 1.0 First Street... head east here and enter Desert Foothills Park. The park itself provides hiking and biking opportunities, and parking for access to both Goat Springs Trail and the Marble Canyon hikes. You additionally will connect with the AquaDuct Pedestrian/Bike path.
Mile 1.6 Tenth Street... turn east towards the mountains and access the trailheads for all of the Marble Canyon Hikes, and the trailhead for the "A" mountain hike to Ortega Peak, Hershberger Peak and beyond. The Official trailhead for Goat Springs Trail also lies up this road.
Mile 2.1 McKinley Street/Thunder Road... turn east here and reach the trailhead for Lost Trail drainage, a great off trail alternative to hike up to Ortega Peak.
Mile 2.9 Indian Wells Road...This is the trailhead for Mineral Springs trail, Little Mineral Springs trail, and a rambling variety of jeep tracks that provide for nice hiking and mountain biking off through the desert scrub. Take Mineral Springs trail all the way up and across to Ortega... though not shown to connect on the map, it does. You can also loop back down on Lost Trail.
Mile 3.1 Space History Museum and Imax Theatre... when you need a break from all that outdoor stuff.
Mile 3.2 Fitness Trail at the University of Southern New Mexico. This is the one feature that lies on the west side of the street... pull into the University parking lot and park or drive down the dirt track on the north end of the lot. Three short hikes, one paved for the handicapped.
Mile 4.2 Plateau Espresso... Nice coffee and pastry shop out on this far east side of town...
Mile 4.8 Wash access for Beeman Canyon... take the wash or the dirt track just past the wash and head on up canyon for a day of bouldering fun. Put out a bit more effort and climb all the way to Winter Peak, where if you're lucky the Hang Gliders will be sailing off the peak. Enjoy a nice connecting loop down and around Dry Canyon, or up and around to Ortega Peak. This area is additionally nice for mountain bike riding.
Scenic Drive is the gateway to all the frontal range hikes in Alamogordo, and additionally provides numerous recreational activities all along it's length. It is also a popular road biking route with overly wide shoulders along most of it's length.
Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.