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hiking
1 day ago

What a great hike! Definitely do the slot canyon, and if you want to avoid any crowds go early morning weekdays. There was practically no one there.

Dogs not allowed on trail

hiking
4 days ago

You're already there. Do it. I think this trail has the best lower tent rocks in what I consider a village area full of these smaller hoodoos. Super easy and beats heading back to the parking lot along the exact same trail.

hiking
4 days ago

Second time to hike this trail. Love seeing and visiting with people from all over the U.S. and other countries. Took more time to enjoy the views and survey the slot for the best light. Moral of this story is slow down and enjoy!

Heavily graveled, easy to follow. Gravel difficult to walk in like sand is.
Scenery and Pratt Lodge Cabin Worth it.

hiking
5 days ago

I would rate this as moderate, mostly easy with a couple challenging spots. We started clockwise and did an alternate loop on return when we got to junction 12 we did the inside loop. This was an unexpected pleasure of a hike with vistas of Cabezon peak, the Sandia and Jemez mountains. Looking forward to doing it counter clockwise. Be aware there are two very short but hard scrambles where you may require gloves.

Super beautiful geology!
Be aware, hiking on a hot summer day is overwhelming, due to all the bright quartz sand, you can literally feel like you’re being cooked in the oven.
Bring water and shelter tree to tree from the sun.
just making sure you hike this in cooler weather, or plan for the extreme heat and sun.
The formations are definitely were this hike I have done it several times.

Great easy hike. A couple of places to shuffle up some rocks, but nothing my pregnant wife (2nd trimester at the time) couldn’t manage. Beautiful rock formations along the way, and fantastic views at the top. Watch out for snakes in the warm months.

,great trail

Like the pyramid trail this is a beautiful trail built and maintained by the YCC. We did this trail and discovered a connecting trail to to the Pyramid Trail. The trail takes off from the left (west) side of the loop at the top of canyon and meets the Pyramid Trail about a third of a mile from the summit. Very nice.

Beautiful scenery. Moderate hike. There is a connecting trail to Church Rock trail which is quite nice. The connection takes off about a third of a mile from the summit and connects to Church Rock trail where the trail loops around.

Beautiful scenery and pretty easy to navigate. Highly recommended.
You will not be disappointed.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trip with the family. Well marked and maintained trail.

hiking
10 days ago

We tried to go there today (11-03-28), and it seems, from Michael Cain's comment below that we actually did take the right path/road (we went through the red gate on the left hand side of the road, after the 'Rio Puerco' landfill sign), but because of all the "keep out" signs around and the fact that there were no indications whatsoever, we became afraid to be on somebody's private property and came back after 20 mins.... ! There is no parking lot, no indication whatsoever. There is just a red gate just before the "valencia landfill" gate.
It is a shame because the landscape around is amazing.
Nice driveway to reach the trail, also.

hiking
10 days ago

The trail was heavily trafficked on a September weekend, but the more difficult section called 'the slot' was worth fighting the crowds. Very cool formations and a nice climb to the top view point. Please wear good shoes if you go, and be aware of letting slow or fast groups pass or pull over as needed.

11 days ago

Amazing

Trail itself starts out as a wide gravel path. The hike is not too challenging, but the mountain views are excellent. Lots of colorful rock formations and desert plants. Perfect hike for cooler time of year.

hiking
15 days ago

My favorite hiking trail!!!
Large boulders the crossover. Wooded bridges with running stream. Awesome summit peak point.

hiking
15 days ago

My wife's favorite hike. It is awesome. Great for dogs. Worth the drive from Santa Fe.

hiking
16 days ago

Used to do this hike as a kid growing up in Los Alamos. Recently went back and it was just as awesome! Would recommend for an easy hike with fun sites

backpacking
16 days ago

As someone mentioned before, this is a great trail for an easy overnight backpacking trip. Beautiful views and fall colors. The trail is in good condition and is easy to follow. Park at the "upper" parking lot next to the road (not in the Picnic Area)- they don't care if you park overnight as long as you don't camp within 1/4 mile of the trailhead.

Great for the dogs and a good breath catcher with the kiddo on the backpack! Beautiful views of Wheeler Peak and a nice loop! Even better in the snow!

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike to take the dogs and carry the kiddo in a backpack on! We had a picnic on top of the falls!

hiking
18 days ago

Nice hike and the waterfall was running good from recent rainfall in October

hiking
18 days ago

My brother and I were on a mission to hike this trail and find the springs! We failed the first time and somehow took a wrong turn and ended up on a strenuous hike up to a wooden teepee and campfire! It was beautiful but we really wanted to see the springs. Two days later we attempted again and finally made it! We still aren’t sure how we got so off trail the first go around! When we finally made it we were awe struck! The views are spectacular and made it all worth it! The springs were not as warm as we expected but we could have cared less because it was still amazing! We met some great people, swam around and relaxed, walked to see the falls and had lunch on a rock in the middle of the mountains. It was such a great day and I think I speak for my brother and I when I say I would highly suggest this hike to anyone!!

Absolutely beautiful. Fun climbs, stunning views. Nothing short of amazing. We went on a somewhat rainy day with a little hesitation. This trail is not to be missed.

For all those worried about the caution sign of biologics, if you are worried don't ever go swimming in a lake or river because it is worse than a natural spring. By law they have to put the caution, same as cigarettes and yet people smoke or medications and even alcohol. Dont get so wrapped up and avoid these beautiful springs due to the sign. You wont get sick by hanging out in the springs.

I enjoyed the hick. The Spring was nice and relaxing. It was clean with no trash around. When I went I sat alone for 15ish minutes before people started coming. The people were friendly and nice. It is a great place to relax. The water was warm but not hot. It was nice with chilly wind making the water definitely warmer then being out of it. Over all I had not been there since I was a child, about 25 years ago, and I loved it. I will return.

hiking
23 days ago

Amazing hike through the slot canyons and a great view at the top. The canyon can be narrow at times so you have to watch your footing on the way down to avoid possibly twisting an ankle. Was hard not to take a lot of photos!

Fantastic hike!

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