Chino Mesa to Rio Grande is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near White Rock, New Mexico that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.5 miles
987 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips




8 months ago

This trail should be marked difficult for two main reasons. Firstly getting to the trailhead is almost impossible without a vehicle capable of passing over very rocky and rough sections of the last five miles of the road leading in. We had a Land Rover LR4 with a high clearance and good off-road capability and it was very hard going at times. Secondly the hike down the side of the canyon that leads to the river was extremely steep and very slippery due to loose rocks. Climbing back up was very strenuous and exhausting. Having said all of that, if you can deal with those issues the views were absolutely spectacular, and getting down to the Rio Grand was very rewarding.

9 months ago

So this trail was moderate to say the least. It was a loose rocky descent with little cairns to lead the way. There is also a variety of cactus throughout the trail to lookout for. The last part to the river is not well defined. The ascent while not lengthy was a huge elevation change and could be strenuous depending on your fitness level.
Would not travel when rainy as the last bit is through a wash. Noteworthy fact that you have a bit of Rocky offroading to reach the trail head.

However the view of the river at the end was beautiful.

10 months ago

Saw Bear tracks. . 4 wheel drive needed to trailhead.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

If you don't have an SUV or jeep, don't bother. The last five miles of dirt road barely qualified as a road. Trail was nice once I got there.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Loved this pretty and varied hike to the Rio Grande. Only downside is that it's near a shooting range and the sound of echoing gunshots was a little unsettling.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

recorded Caja del Rio Canyon

Saturday, December 06, 2014