Quebradas Back Country Byway

MODERATE 4 reviews

Quebradas Back Country Byway is a 24 mile lightly trafficked trail located near San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

24.0 miles

dogs on leash



off road driving

scenic driving




There are a few ways to get to the Quebradas but I find the following one to be the best if you come from Albuquerque. Take I-25 to Exit 156 (Lemitar). Take a moment to go to the truck stop that will be on your right for a potty break, for it is the last place to do so. Now that you are ready to continue, take the road out of the truck stop back under the interstate until you get to Hwy 408 (look for a junky wood sign for Escondido Lake) and turn right (south) for a few miles until you get to Escondido lake and turn left onto chaparral loop and keep going passed the lake and keep going to the T and turn right onto Bosquecito and go just about a mile till you come to a road on your left where you should see a Quebradas sign and turn left. You are now at the Quebradas. You now have a 24 mile long area in which to explore.

we enjoyed it. very scenic. not a hard trail at all.

nice drive

off road driving
11 months ago

Wonderful sites and the geology is amazing.

6 years ago

At first glance this place seems like a bomb went off and the Quebradas is what you get after the explosion has settled. However, if you give the place a chance, I bet you'll be intrigued by all the geological and archeological finds. Since the Quebradas is such a huge place, I suggest getting a map to help you navigate the terrain because there are no real trails, but off trail hiking is not that hard since you can see long distances (pick a landmark) or choose to follow arroyos that many times turn into canyons. I can only give you a teasers about this place. There are several roads to explore by manual or vehicle modes, but many require a 4 by 4. There are several ruins to be discovered, including ancient cliff dwellings and Piro Indian Paintings, There are several nice canyons, one that has a nice arch and another that is made of Granite and is beautiful and great for bouldering (do at your own risk), There are even some interesting Sand Dunes where we camped between Juniper and Mesquite outcroppings with outstanding views. Oh and if you are lucky you can find Native Artifacts, but please keep in mind to enjoy but leave them behind, it is illegal to take them. Even I wish I knew more about this place but the BLM is very secretive and this really slows down your learning about the highlights but at the same time it keeps me coming back like a treasure hunt. Fall, Winter and Spring are the best times to go. Once it gets much over 80 degrees this place will bake you.