off road driving
Named for the Bend of the Rio Grande along the USA Mexico, this park has part of the Chihuahuan Desert, ancient fossils, and cultural artifacts of Native Americans.
Aloha K. on Old Ore Road
We drove out to Ernst Tinaja on this trail road. A very rough Half hour drive . The hike through a narrow canyon to the Tinaja was easy with incredible rock walls.
A beautiful hike and well worth the effort (and it does require effort!). We went up Pinnacles and through Boot Springs to the South Rim then down Laguna Meadows. The views from the South Rim are incredible - you can see the Rio Grande and mountains in Mexico. My favorite part of the hike though was Boot Springs. The trail takes you over the rocks at the bottom of the canyon. There were a few maple trees down there that had bright orange and red leaves for Fall. The ascent on Pinnacles (or descent if you do it reverse of what we did) is much steeper than Laguna Meadows. Trekking poles are very useful on this hike! Can't wait to do this one again.