- 154 miles (247 km)
- 13 hours, including backtracking, to drive the Byway. Allow 2 or 3 days to fully enjoy the Byway.
- There are no fees along the Byway itself.
The Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway encompasses a wide landscape, from desert mountains to forested mountains and vast stretches of mesa lands in between. There are miles of natural terrain that have not changed for hundreds of years. The wide-open spaces and distant vistas give the traveler a feeling of isolation in a world apart. The view through the window will vary from rugged high peaks, man-made lakes, flat landscape with greasewood, and cactus, to rough mountain terrain with heavy forests. Expect to see cattle, horses, bison, deer, elk, or small animals such as rabbits, roadrunners, and a variety of birds.
There is something for everyone along the trail. History buffs will love the old mining towns and the Depression era architecture of downtown Truth or Consequences. The trail's wonderful scenery is a favorite of photographers and painters. Outdoor enthusiasts will find the hiking trails, bicycling roads, and other outdoor activities a challenge. Those who prefer water sports will find a wide variety of opportunities at either Elephant Butte Lake or Caballo Lake State Parks. Fishermen love to relax at the lakes and rivers surrounding the trail.
The Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway is a charming drive through some of the most scenic, as well as historical, territory in the United States. Small towns and communities dot the Byway; however, much of the landscape remains in its natural state. From stately mountains, cliffs and canyons, to a large lake, national forest, and grand river, the Byway travels through a blend of terrains surprising visitors at every turn.