Penasco Blanco Ruins Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nageezi, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 374 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash






wild flowers




washed out

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historic site

Wed Oct 24 2018

very nice hike on a beautiful October day! great view of the Canyon from ruins site. route is easy with some climbing required to reach the mesa. definitely bring plenty of water!

Sat Sep 08 2018

Easy hike with slight incline in the latter half. Very hot in summer months, bring plenty of water as there is little shade for most of the journey. Petroglyphs were cool to see along the route. Absolute silence if alone.

Sat Jul 14 2018

My wife and I hit the trail just before 8:00 am on July 12, so it was hot. Trail is flat and very easy for the first 3 miles or so. If you finish the hike to Penasco Blanco, it gets steep and passes over bedrock, so be sure to watch for the cairns. The petroglyphs and pictographs are awesome. All told, it took us about 4 hrs of actual hiking, with about 1 hr of picture taking and breaks. Did I say it was hot? Bring lots of water, use sunscreen, and wear a hat.

Thu May 10 2018

Lengthy hike to Supernova Pictograph site near the end of the trail. Trail is generally sand and dirt without much elevation gain until near the end of the trail. It is out and back. Hardly any traffic after the first two miles. I went in the early afternoon and it was quite warm, even in early May. You will want to take plenty of water and some trail food, of course. There is no cell service generally anywhere within the Park so you must take care of yourself out there. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Not much wildlife but I did see some coyote scat, some birds, a couple of lizards and one large snake.

Thu Nov 23 2017

This was beautiful! It is definitely worth it to see the Crab Nebula petrographs and making it to the top was cool!!

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