Monticello Canyon OHV Trail [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Monticello Canyon OHV Trail [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 32.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Elephant Butte, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and ohv/off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 32.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,801 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

scenic driving

ohv / off road driving





private property


Note: This route has been closed due to its proximity to private property in the area. This is an off-road driving route. This is not a hiking trail. Although this is a public road, in recent years there has been much debate over whether to close it or not. Users have reported that as recently as August 2018, the road was closed and gated. Visitors might be able to get a $25 entry pass that would allow off-roading trips. Please contact Sierra or Socorro Counties to check the status of the road. The route straddles the two counties. This trip starts where SR142 branches off NM52. The trailhead is just northwest of Monticello. It then proceeds NW through the canyon along Alamosa Creek and out through Monticello Box and ends at NM52. At this point you can go north on NM52 which will take you by the VLA, up to NM60, or you can take NM52 south back to I-25. Near the NW end of the trail is Ojo Caliente (warm springs) and the ruins of an old US Outpost. The trail through the canyon is flanked on both sides by private land, so be respectful of the land owners. There are several water crossings and areas where the stream is the trail.

private property
4 months ago

This trail is officially closed because of disrespect to the private properties along the road by previous off-roaders. This trail needs to be taken off of the app. Please respect the land owners privacy.

Wed Aug 22 2018

Great adventure

scenic driving
Sun Aug 05 2018

Road is mostly washed out now after recent heavy rains. Impassable except with 4wd and somewhat difficult even with that. Also it is CLOSED, GATED, AND LOCKED 7 miles from the town of Monticello and on the north end also. I drove around on NM Hwy 52 to the northern access point and found it CLOSED, GATED, AND LOCKED about 2 miles in from NM Hwy 52

Fri Nov 30 2018

Thu Mar 15 2018

ohv/off road driving
Sun Jan 21 2018