Plaza Blanca: Rio Negro Badlands

EASY 24 reviews

Plaza Blanca: Rio Negro Badlands is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Abiquiu, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 364 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly






no shade

Made famous by local artist Georgia O'Keeffe, these landscapes in a valley of the Rio Chama hills near the village of Abiquiu, when she made a series of paintings about the places she called "The White Place", or in Spanish "Plaza Blanca", this area of New Mexico is now on the grounds of the Dar Al Islam education center and mosque. For more information visit:

6 days ago

Easy streambed hiking. Can make it longer or shorter; the trails seem to braid and meander up the streambeds and arroyos. Fantastic views of the eroded Abiquiu Formation (the white, weirdly eroded cliffs).

26 days ago

Fun trail! Not too hard but follow creek bed for some fun climbing.

2 months ago

Great trail but it’s not marked, so watch where you step, avoid the bio soil since they protect the environment!

3 months ago

You have to enter at the giant mosque gate area from road. There is a trail parking area. Cool scramble areas and climbing areas if you are not with someone afraid of heights! This is kind of a make your own trail type of place.

4 months ago

6 months ago

super easy hike with out of the world views.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Had a great time. There were a few places along the trail where I held my 4 year old daughter's hand on the way up, but the way down was fantastic and super easy.

Friday, April 06, 2018

I loved this place. Trails take you practically anywhere you want to go at different elevations. The rock formations are stunning. Worth the visit.

Monday, March 05, 2018

It's definitely worth seeing. the trail is not real clear nor is it difficult. You'll want to take a camera for sure

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Beautiful hike! That trail isn't very defined- we only made it about a mile because the trail line ran out. But the rock formations are definitely worth seeing! It's private property owned by the Mosque. Enter the property under the wooden archly and follow the road.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Great easy hike. To enter, go through the arched entrance to the road that leads to the mosque.

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