Crow Canyon Main Panel Trail

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Crow Canyon Main Panel Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Blanco, New Mexico and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 72 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips



no shade

historic site

The Crow Canyon Main panel trail heads east in front of the low cliff a long a rock ravine. Several interpretive signs placed by the BLM provides information about the numerous hieroglyphs found here.

9 months ago

This is more of a destination than it is a trail for hiking- nonetheless: very much worth seeing. As far as the “hike” goes, it couldn’t possibly exceed more than a 1/2 mile walk to to the main panel, over relatively level, even ground with the exception of a quick, very little boulder scramble. Word of note: there really isn’t a clearly marked trail, you kinda just go and look and figure it out. Just keep going to the right from the parking area, scramble over those rocks on the far right side, and keep going until you see the main panel. It’s that simple, and you WILL know when you see it. We didn’t see any rattlesnakes but I was exceedingly cautious in every move I made because it IS rattler country for SURE. Even more important than watching for snakes though, is making sure your vehicle is equipped to make it in and out because honestly if you don’t make it, there’s no cell service and less than 1 visitor per day in the guest book so you’re on your own. Go prepared! Made it there in a 2wd small pickup truck so it can be done but don’t attempt unless you are experienced in off-road 4x4 driving. By far the most dangerous section is less than 1 mile from the main panel where you cross a somewhat dry creek bed. It’s quicksand, is what it really is. Had it been any wetter, I wouldn’t have tried to cross. DONT ATTEMPT unless you KNOW you can make it. Other than that- I strongly recommend this destination for the natural beauty of the environment, the stellar drive in, and the historic and cultural significance.

Sat Mar 10 2018

The wash crossing is deep loose sand with steep embankments on either side and it would be a gamble without 4WD, I wouldn't suggest it but at the very least get out and walk it first to make sure. Note the 'getting there' directions, 19 miles to the small Crow Canyon sign...when Google navigated me here, it directed me to turn one road too soon down a gas line access road to a very wide and definitely impassable section of the wash (even with an ATV or OHV you'd have to go up or downstream to find an exit point). HOWEVER... If you don't have 4x4, you can park down this road which is directly across the wash from the trailhead and just cross the wash on foot, walk maybe 1/2 mile to the trailhead, it will be quite a bit shorter than if you bail out at the wash crossing on the actual access road. Anyhow, the area is more beautiful than i expected, a lot like Utah. Also hiked up the bluff behind, not a lot to be seen up there but just enjoyed the day and scenery of the canyon. A shame that people have added some of their own graffiti to the canyon walls but the petroglyphs are more interesting than most that I've seen elsewhere. Also one small ruin at the entrance.

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