La Cienega and La Cieneguilla Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
We were SO surprised with the poor state of this "trail"... there wasn't a clear path to follow up to the petroglyphs at all!!! From the arrow pointing up at the bottom of the hill, there were no further signs. Boot prints were everywhere supporting the notion of a free for all to get to the top. The only reading I give this more than 1 star is the petroglyphs themselves...
The trail head is a simple indistinct opening in a fence line along the side of the road. From there the trail is relatively well marked to the top of the nearby peak. The view from above is worth the climb which took about 30 minutes. If you continue along the trail to complete the loop, you will be mostly bushwhacking as the remainder of the trail from the peak is almost indistinguishable. However, it is during this second portion of the hike that petroglyphs are visible in the canyon beside the stream. It was a fun and adventurous hike. For a more tamed version, climb to the top of the peak, take in the views, and climb back down the way you came in.
great, easy trail. hiked up quickly to see the petroglyphs and it did not disappoint!
Diamondbacks give fair warning, need to pay attention. The drawings are worth the time to experience.
A nice spot to walk around for a bit. Coordinates for the petroglyph site were not correct, follow these directions instead: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/taos/la_cieneguilla.html
The petroglyphs were wonderful and view from the top amazing. Trails were not as fun, rocky and not directed to the glyphs. I'd still check it out, unless you have knee issues.
Think we did the La Cienega trail instead of the La cienguilla trail with the petroglyphs, it was ok.