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Church Rock Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gallup, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 275 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Views Wild flowers Rocky Scramble
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The hike up to the formation is well marked and fairly easy. If you want to get closer, you will need to do some off trail scrambling.

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Michael Kearney
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Great fun and beautiful

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Margaret Krick
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Awesome trail!

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Frank Worth
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Nature tripsGreat!Scramble

Great hike. Took about 1 hr with a medium/slow pace. Follow the rock formations and you’ll be alright. You could likely gain more elevation and a better view if you bushwhacked right at the big curve, you’ll know it. But you could get lost easily. No water sources like most of the area so be prepared.

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Cody Sharp
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Amazing views from the top.

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Matthew Cohen
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Marcie Vandever
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Roberta Anderson
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Was a little difficult especially carrying a toddler on your back. So parts are scary if heights aren’t your thing! Overall was fun.

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Ashley Gaona
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Nice and easy hike in and out. The trail is marked well-signs and stacked rocks. Stay to the right to avoid walking through the canyon floor. The trail outlined through the app is accurate. Please remember to pack out what you pack in-litter can be seen on the canyon floor. Enjoy the views and breeze. Respect the surrounding reservation by staying in the marked trail.

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Christina Turnbough
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Couldn’t climb out of the canyon

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Barrett Raymond
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Great, relatively easy hike. Rated not quite moderate though depending on your physical condition of course. Beautiful views! Trail was well marked with signs and rock piles. Option to tie into a second trail to pyramid rock was available. Highly recommend if you’re in the Gallup, New Mexico area!

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Alex D
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Severely underrated trail! We absolutely adore the views, rock formations, and the variety between flat walking and a low-moderate level of climbing. My ten and five year olds are experienced hikers and had minimal difficulty with this trail, but I imagine would be difficult with toddlers or a baby and a little precarious at times. It is easy to get off track when the trail starts gaining elevation. When you start getting to the rocky “steps” that form the trail, you have to look up on the rocks to locate the subsequent steps that continue the trail.

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Scott Vanderpoel
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very cool.

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zoe sturges
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Super fun! Exciting views- pictures just don’t do it justice. We went when it was windy without thinking of the sand. would recommend bringing a bandana to tie around your face.

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A Dakin Dawson
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Fun trail with good elevation changes, switchbacks, scrambling, views and steps cut into rocks! Recommended.

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Avery Alatis
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Lovely hike with stunning views. Ample, well-marked parking at trailhead (Post Office parking lot). The trail was clearly marked with both signs and rock piles; on the few occasions where the next rock pile wasn’t immediately visible, I found it just around the next corner. I agree that this hike is moderate, though there are plenty of spots to take a breather and soak up the views. The ground was dry for me but this would get significantly tougher if muddy or wet, as you are walking on sheer rock for much of the hike.

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Megan Balder
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Shauna Madre
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This trail is great with many beautiful vistas. Walked it clockwise following multiple Carns. Great Hike.

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Roberto Cedillo
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cj Griffith
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Trail is easy to follow marked with carins, posts, and some weathered ribbons from other hikers. Loved hiking along the beautiful sandstone weaving around the canyon. Be sure to hike around Church Rock to take in all its beauty. If you have time, hike onto Pyramid Rock from here. Total distance to do both is around 7.5 miles.

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Bruce Pen
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A good intro. trail to desert/slickrock hiking. The trail is marked with cairns, ribbons in the trees and signs. There are steps cut into the rock in several places. On most of the trail, if you look carefully, you can see the next marker before losing sight of the previous one.

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Michelle White
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My dog and I loved hiking this well-maintained trail with beautiful scenery. starts off with a flat, sandy area but quickly changes to beautiful mountain scenery.

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Shelley Plunkett
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Great hike! Beautiful landscape. Go earlier in the day before the sun drops behind the canyon walls. I found the trail moderate as stated above.

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Steve Wilcox
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After hiking Pyramid Trail in morning, I returned to hike this in early afternoon. I had a full range of weather conditions: dark clouds, intermittent bursts of sunshine, fierce wind and bouts of blowing snow but nothing to make the trail slick. Luckily I had opportunities to get some great photos when I had those sunshine moments.

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Jaime Sanders
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Hiked in early April. Very beautiful views and scenery. I’d rate it easy/moderate. It’s not very well marked. I hiked in the wrong direction several times. Church rock stays in view the whole time which I used as a guide. Also follow the cairns.

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Adam Peacock
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Awesome views and very cool hike

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