New Mexico is blessed with a striking and surprisingly diverse landscape-a paradise for hikers. It includes White Sands National Monument, the desert country of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and the pine-forested Sangre de Cresto Mountains. Forests blanket more than a quarter of the state, and the southern extension of the Rocky Mountains boasts several snow-capped peaks over 13,000 feet. Given this array of hiking possibilities, Hiking New Mexico should be the first thing to go in the hiker's pack. Hiking New Mexico, formerly The Hiker's Guide to New Mexico, is unmatched in its detail and scope. Seventy hikes are described by noted writer and outdoor photographer Laurence Parent. They include some of the state's most popular hikes, such as the La Luz Trail, as well as many undiscovered trips in the San Mateo and Peloncillo Mountains. Detailed maps and beautiful black-and-white photos supplement the text. There are also sections on backcountry safety, outdoor ethics, and hiking with children. Day hikers and veteran backpackers alike will find Hiking New Mexico an invaluable sourcebook on trips and trails in New Mexico's magnificent backcountry.