Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
4,585.00 ft (1,397.51 m)
Trail type
46.10 mi (74.19 km)
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The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail spans some 3,100 miles across 5 states from Mexico to Canada. The trail travels through the Rocky Mountains, exploring a vast array of different environments and landscapes along the way. The New Mexico portion of the trail features 820 miles of diverse hiking from the desolate Chihuahuan Desert in the south, to the unique Canyons of the Gila River, to the Rocky Mountains in the north. Exploring the Continental Divide Trail can be done as a single thru hike that will take 4-6 months, or by section hiking smaller segments. In this guide we’ll look at New Mexico Section 6.

Section 6 begins at the Jacks Peak/Burro Peak Trailhead. What follows is the most significant climb of New Mexico thus far. This area is also popular with day hikers so don’t expect to have the trail to yourself, especially if here on a weekend.

The trail climbs steadily as it makes its way near the summit of Jacks Peak, and eventually Burro Peak. There are a couple of steep areas, but all in all the climb isn’t too bad. You’ll also have the welcome relief of trees and shade as you near the top of the climb.

After the summit of Burro Peak the trail descends somewhat steeply. You’ll come to the turnoff where you can take a right and follow the forest road to Burro Mountain Homestead. This is a wonderful place that is very hiker friendly. In addition to being a necessary stop to fill up on water, Burro Mountain Homestead has a small store with snacks and drinks, showers and restrooms, an “activity center building” where hikers can lounge and relax, and a free camping area.

From here you can head back to the official CDT, or take an alternate route as many thru hikers do. The alternate saves some miles. Begin by leaving Burro Mountain Homestead and walking toward Tyrone Road. Then follow Tyrone Road all the way out to Highway 90. Then walk (or hitch) Highway 90 all the way to Silver City.

Silver City is a great town and marks the end of CDT NM Section 6.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Great views on climb up to Burro Peak. Trees and shade.


Long highway walk into Silver City. Limited water.

Trailhead Elevation

6,388.00 ft (1,947.06 m)

Highest point

8,026.00 ft (2,446.32 m)


Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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