Quebradas Back Country Byway

MODERATE 8 reviews

Quebradas Back Country Byway is a 25 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lemitar, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
25.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2457 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

views

rocky

There are a few ways to get to the Quebradas but I find the following one to be the best if you come from Albuquerque. Take I-25 to Exit 156 (Lemitar). Take a moment to go to the truck stop that will be on your right for a potty break, for it is the last place to do so. Now that you are ready to continue, take the road out of the truck stop back under the interstate until you get to Hwy 408 (look for a junky wood sign for Escondido Lake) and turn right (south) for a few miles until you get to Escondido lake and turn left onto chaparral loop and keep going passed the lake and keep going to the T and turn right onto Bosquecito and go just about a mile till you come to a road on your left where you should see a Quebradas sign and turn left. You are now at the Quebradas. You now have a 24 mile long area in which to explore.

off road driving
4 months ago

Easy out and back on well maintained dirt roads. Beautiful views.

scenic driving
6 months ago

Very beautiful drive. Easy on my Xterra. The only problem I had was the cow patties everywhere and the low-life drunks who break their beer bottles all over the place and leave the boxes in the watering hole. Made me upset. Other than that, the drive was lovely.

off road driving
6 months ago

this place is amazing ! Were first time jeepers looking for new adventures to conquer and this is a good one! I really suggest to bring a map or look at it on ur phone because there's so many roads that lead who knows where. luckily never got stuck but still got lost even with a map , lots of rocky climbing and hills and dirt roads!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

we enjoyed it. very scenic. not a hard trail at all.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

nice drive

off road driving
Friday, March 18, 2016

Wonderful sites and the geology is amazing.

off road driving
Saturday, December 19, 2015

hiking
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

At first glance this place seems like a bomb went off and the Quebradas is what you get after the explosion has settled. However, if you give the place a chance, I bet you'll be intrigued by all the geological and archeological finds. Since the Quebradas is such a huge place, I suggest getting a map to help you navigate the terrain because there are no real trails, but off trail hiking is not that hard since you can see long distances (pick a landmark) or choose to follow arroyos that many times turn into canyons. I can only give you a teasers about this place. There are several roads to explore by manual or vehicle modes, but many require a 4 by 4. There are several ruins to be discovered, including ancient cliff dwellings and Piro Indian Paintings, There are several nice canyons, one that has a nice arch and another that is made of Granite and is beautiful and great for bouldering (do at your own risk), There are even some interesting Sand Dunes where we camped between Juniper and Mesquite outcroppings with outstanding views. Oh and if you are lucky you can find Native Artifacts, but please keep in mind to enjoy but leave them behind, it is illegal to take them. Even I wish I knew more about this place but the BLM is very secretive and this really slows down your learning about the highlights but at the same time it keeps me coming back like a treasure hunt. Fall, Winter and Spring are the best times to go. Once it gets much over 80 degrees this place will bake you.