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Upper Rio Puerco Valley

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Cerro Cabezon T 
Cerro Guadalupe T 
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Gooseberry Trail
An outstanding out-and-back alpine trail with a 2000 foot vertical descent. Near Grants, NM
Good Times
A fun white ribbon trail and a little ridge run. Near San Ysidro village, NM
Dragon's Back
Sweet ridge riding with some exposure and killer views. Near San Ysidro village, NM
White Mesa Main Loop
Sweet singletrack loop on a gypsum formation with stellar (stark) scenery. Near Jemez Pueblo, NM
Corrales Bosque Part 1
Fun twisting singletrack through the Rio Grande Bosque. Near Corrales village, NM
East Fork Eastern Loop
Lollipop loop featuring a steady climb, a stream-side trail, and a fast downhill finish. Near Los Alamos, NM
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All but a handful of these some dozen volcanic necks have gated closures due to grazing leases MORE INFO >>>

Description 

The rock is typically welded tuff & basalt. Though quality varies widely there are often patches of solid rock. Cabezon, the most developed in terms of trails & signage, sees the most activity from local mountain clubs. If there are many cars in the parking lot consider coming back another day.

Getting There 

Turnoff lies midway between San Ysidro & Cuba. The sign along US 550 indicates a turn west toward Torreon. State Road 279 is paved the first dozen or so miles before abruptly turning to dirt. Make a sharp left turn down a hill & up the other side, then look for another left turn going about a half mile up to parking. The trail is obvious & skirts the south shoulder of Cabezon to reach the standard ascent route on the SE side.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.5 miles from here

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Volcanic necks in the vicinity of Cabezon - Santa Clara, Guadalupe, Chato & Cuate visible.

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