Big Bonito Loop Trail

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Big Bonito Loop Trail is a 16.9 mile loop trail located near Nogal, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and horses and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 16.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,937 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching




wild flowers

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The loop is good. Many alternate trails like Turkey Canyon and Argentina Canyon. NOTE: the road to the trailhead was blocked by an Army Corp of Engineers gate. You can either alter the route slightly by going to Three Rivers Campground or start the hike at the Bonito trailhead west of Bonito Lake. Beautiful views. Water in the creeks were flowing enough to filter water.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The trail was awesome, the loop system was very convenient. The views from atop the crest trail were beautiful. It's April 12 and we had some snow still on the trail but very manageable.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Took this trail by accident but turned out to be a perfect morning hike. Lost count on the number of times we crossed the creek but it was never difficult to cross even after recent rains. Could have sworn we saw a mountain lion track but I'm no expert. Didn't worry too much since we were all adults and hiked close together. The top of the trail comes out in the sun making it seem really warm (65 in the mountains, lol). Hoping to get back to connect to the crest trail for a possible overnight hike. Lots of good places to set up camp.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Hiked about 5 miles to crest trail. Took left. Hiked to top then back down. 12 mile hike. Very good hike. Recommend Crest trail when u get to end.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

If your dog loves water, they will love this hike. There are many little water crossings which makes for nice splashing. I recommend spending time around the creek.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Monday, June 27, 2016

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