La Cieneguilla Loop

EASY 4 reviews

La Cieneguilla Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cieneguilla, New Mexico. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
239 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

historic site

A short drive Southwest of Santa Fe is BLM land with a great collection of petroglyphs.  This is a pleasant day hike with little discoveries around every corner.  The mesatop is flat offers wide open views in several directions.

hiking
1 month ago

The sights are very cool as on one side you got a nice view of the valley and town and on the other, a natural canvas with tons of stunning imagery from an unknown Native American artist. There are a lot of rocks and the trail is winding with a lot of little crevices that hide critters, so keep an eye out for the unfriendly type. The trail is not maintained but is worn down enough from years of hikers going through that its easy to stay on track. It felt authentic as if you are blazing your own path. The map is inaccurate as the top trail suddenly ends and dips down about a half mile before it says it should. Seeing the petroglyphs is a must as least once, its untold American history, and what more it comes from an ancient artist who is just trying to understand the world and his/her place in it. That or boredom either way go check it out.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

I was very disappointed. The trail was not marked well at all after the first 10th of a mile! The trail did not match all trails map for 50% of the trail. At one point the map wanted me to take the cliff straight down that's how in accurate it was! Either the trail needs to be rerouted. Or it needs to be remapped!

hiking
11 months ago