Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Carson National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Trail is beautiful, followed with the app. Rated it 3 stars because we bumped into three trucks on the trail. The people in the first truck made me feel uncomfortable, the second and the third truck the people seemed fine, just don’t understand how they got there and why.

7 days ago

CAUTION: For Dog Owners This WOULD have been a great trail do to IF I would have known about the three flights of steep spiked metal stairs my dog could not go down
Since so many people hike with their dogs I am surprised no one mentioned this?

Now they have.

Instead dog owners go to either Little or Big Arsenic trail(s) and hike back to La Junta like me and my puppy are doing right now!

Rugged beauty!

13 days ago

We were recommended this over La Junta, mainly because the drive from Taos was 1/2 an hour shorter. The drive to the trailhead/campground area is a not great, road is dirt and has quite a bit of potholes, so take it slow.

The trail itself is a bit challenging. The beginning going down is quite steep. At about half way it is not as steep and pretty easy. The access to the river is a nice area, you can be brave and jump in, but be aware of the strong current. Hiking back up is obviously harder and the steep beginning(end going up) is hard. All in all, well worth it, took an hour down and 1.25 hrs up.

17 days ago

Wasn't able to get to trailhead (April 19, 2018). The road to the trailhead was impassable via a 2wd vehicle. During spring, you would likely need an high clearance off-road vehicle to get to trailhead, or be willing to park hike up to the trailhead. My experience.

Nice weather beautiful views; had the trail all to myself. Lots of signs of wildlife. Saw some turkeys at the meadow, about 2.5 miles up. Didn't go further today. I'll definitely be back to do more!

Great hike, completed on 4/22. You can spend a lot of time exploring side trails and side roads, as we did which brought our round trip mileage up to 8.7 miles.

This trail starts out very steep, maybe for the first 3/4 - 1 mile is a continuous incline. Afterwards, however, it tapers off to a moderate hike.

Keep eyes out for wildlife.

I had a blast here! Very pretty easy going Trail.. spent the night by the lake.. well worth the climb!

Great trail! Nice and quiet, with a beautiful frozen waterfall you can get behind. You follow the creek most of the way, so it was nice for my dog. I made it two miles in before it became impassible without snowshoes (3/21/18). Loved it though!

**Dogs ARE allowed here** Great hike, though hard to follow the trail sometimes. Definitely needed the AllTrails map to follow. I was also glad I'd thrown my snowshoes on my back as when I needed them, I really needed them. Beautiful quiet trail, especially with the fresh snow!

Great spring hike, but do wish there was better signage along the way...thank goodness for snow and footprints to let us know we were still on the right path. If I was to do it again this time of year, I'd take my snowshoes.

Trial itself is nothing to write home about but the site is very interesting with pottery artifacts all over. You need a lot of imagination because there are no ruins.

We started the hike going down La Junta (wow, just wow on views and trail). Went to the end of La Junta at the confluence of the rivers for lunch, then hiked along the River Trail to Big Arsenic Trail back up to the top and then hiked the flat Riconda Trail back to the car at the La Junta parking lot. Would not change a thing about the route. La Junta down was amazing and the trail between Little Arsenic and Big Arsenic was the prettiest part of our hike. We chose not to hike the additional mike os switch-back down to seek out the pictographs that may or not be easy to find since we have seen in other areas of the Southwest. Glad we didn't ton save energy for the flat walk back to the car. No regrets and glad we did it.

2 months ago

Love the camp sites
Looks like the bridge to get to the picnic tables was washed out?

The water is gorgeous at the bottom and the hike back to the top makes drinking a cold one at the end totally guilt free

Very pleasant short hike. Unspoiled.

First time hiking this trail and absolutely loved it! Climbed out into the river to enjoy the sound of the water.

So this ski season is non existent but that means most of the trails we love during the summer are still accessible(-ish). This trail beats you up. It is the first trailhead as you head up to TSV. Pullouts for parking are adequate.

As of this writing (Feb. 4 2018) the first 1.5 miles are well packed and great. With the warm weather I would be cautious of the multiple stream crossings as the trail zig-zags across until you hit the major ascent at about 2 miles. They are currently firm and frozen but on my descent later in the afternoon they made some not so reassuring noises as my dog and I crossed.

At about 2 miles in I was making my own tracks (well following my dogs) but the trail was fairly obvious and if you pay attention you shouldn’t lose it.

At 2 miles(-ish) in the climb really starts. Given that it is Super Bowl Sunday I had to turn around at 2.5 miles in (not gonna miss kickoff), so I can’t comment beyond that. Hope the update helps in case anyone wants a great workout during this soul crushing ski season.

Please note the distances are approximate but relatively accurate. Also, I would discourage anyone who is not acclimated to this altitude and in good shape from attempting this hike beyond 1.5 miles in.

4 months ago

Somehow only hiked 5.75. But enjoyable without being difficult. Saw elk and mule deer.

Trail was ok, was definitely expecting a little bit more. It could be because of the winter season and everything was dry. Also kind of lost the trail at the end and ended up just climbing straight up the mountain to get to the peak.

4 months ago

I am trying to plan a 4 day backpacking trip into Sante Fe Wilderness and this area along with the Middle Fork area looks beautiful Anybody know how one may create a loop trail that hits both these beautiful areas?

4 months ago

Great trail and for me it was better in the winter. Usually this place is suppose to be swamped with snow but right now it was just right!

4 months ago

Went on 12/26/2017 and there was no snow. This is a wonderful winter hike when there is no snow as it is full sun and gets 10*F warmer up on the ridge. We were the only ones there for the first half of the trail, and saw 3 other hiking parties on our way out. Sterling quiet!

Getting to the trail was a little tricky. I have a tiny Prius C that couldn't make it past some of the deep ruts on the dirt road leading up to the trailhead, so I had to leave my car parked about .1 miles from the trailhead.

The trail alternates between sand, loose gravel (careful not to slip!), and larger rocks. It's goes mostly up up up on the way in, so it's a shorter (time-wise) hike on the way down. Took us about 5 hours all together, but we weren't pushing ourselves.

In addition to the beautiful vistas at the top looking across at Ghost Ranch and that beautiful geological formation layers, there's a beautiful sage grove. It all smells delicious.

4 months ago

Worth it, but definitely not an easy trail.

4 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail. So much to see, many vista views of angel fire, eagles nest, and trees! However in December it is easy to lose the trail so plan for extra time on the trail.

You gon’ rip the door handle off when you git there so excited to climb this one. Starts off real mild but halfway up you gon’ get the good stuff. Zigzag steeps mountain bears, jerk rabbits, gorillas n dragons all that. Get your leather man out, feel me? I’ll see you at the top butterbutt. Everything but her butt.

Mid December and cold with snow on the trail and frozen waterfalls. Good time

5 months ago

Simply beautiful, well worth taking a drive for this short hike with amazing views of the Abiquiu valley.

off road driving
5 months ago

Main picture is not this place.
This trail is more a dirt/gravel road for off-roading. Road had some ice/snow in some spots and was pretty easy.

5 months ago

As Alaskans driving around New Mexico for the first time, this was a fantastic trail. Varied terrain, not too steep for aging knees and gorgeous views. Saw these birds:
Mountain Bluebird, Cassins finch, nuthatch, Mt. Chickadee, flocks of robins, junco, raven, Townsend solitaire, red shafted flickers, ladder backed woodpecker.

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