Penasco Blanco Ruins Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews

Penasco Blanco Ruins Trail is a 6.8 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.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
341 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

walking

cave

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

old growth

rocky

snow

washed out

historic site

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

2 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Friday, December 05, 2014

walking
Sunday, March 10, 2013