Continental Divide Trail, from New Mexico to Montana, will challenge hikers

Bored with your extracurricular activities lately? Now’s the season to hike some outstanding Bureau of Land Management trails. While there are several trails the public can enjoy in the Las Cruces area, there’s one in southern New Mexico that will challenge a hiker’s skills and add some miles to their soles.

We’re talking about the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST). Congressionally designated in 1978, the CDNST navigates through diverse BLM-managed lands in New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

While a weekend may only allow for hiking the southern terminus of the trail, the effort will introduce hikers to the BLM Big Hatchet Mountains Wilderness Study Area.

In New Mexico, the CDNST crosses approximately 770 miles of federal, state and private lands. Did you know the CDNST is considered the “King of Trails,” more difficult than the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails?

Hiking the CDNST requires thoughtful planning and making sure everything is in order for a safe and successful experience. Having current information, maps and GPS, will ensure hikers have a good perspective of the trail’s terrain, difficulty and special requirements.

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