Church Rock Trail is a 3.5 mile out and back trail located near Gallup, NM. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
It was a nice day to take the dogs on a hike.
Great trail and I highly recommend if your in Gallup. The first part is very sandy as you walk toward Church Rock. Follow the cairns and pink ribbon to stay on the trail.
Fun, have to follow cairns and steps carved in rocks.
Amazing views. I took trail to left past the other rock monolith, down into canyon and back up. I kept wanting the trail to bring me up and back towards the church rock, but it seemed to then go off in the opposite direction. Once you get to a fence and a sign that says 'donated by youth of NM' or something like that. There is also a wooden constructed look out post type thing with a ladder.
This trail had some nice scenery, but when you try to do the hike you need to be prepared because there are so many trails that crisscross each other that you end up losing the way since there are no landmarks after the first part. This is a trail that I will not be doing again. Good luck to those that try it, but if I do, do this again then the trail needs to be updated with markers and some neat educational things like pyramid rock.
Such a beautiful trail! Yes, there is a lot of sand and dirt in the first part of trail, but after that it's pretty solid. Quite a few single track areas as well. There are portions where it is pretty steep, but in some spots there are foot holds cut out to help. Definitely worth doing when in a Gallup.
Beautiful scenery! However, the sand makes this hike difficult. ..I had sneakers full of sand by the end of it! It was a breezy day so I also had a mouthful of sand! Church rock is beautiful to look at though. I only hiked 1.17mi due to the conditions...would like to complete this sometime.
This is a very rocky trail. It is definitely a moderate/difficult as it is a lot of uphill on slippery rock. The scenery and the views are incredible. If you're ever in Gallup, NM it's a must do. There are lots of critters and we found the occasional dog droppings that were left behind so watch your step!
It's a popular trail around the Gallup area. Lots of people there on the weekends and sunny days. Dogs are allowed on the trail too! Points of Interest Maps located throughout to give information about the area.