Rim Vista Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Rim Vista Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near El Rito, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.8 miles
1292 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips



wild flowers



no shade

14 days ago

Fun little trail. A couple things: not well marked but traversed enough to easily follow on the up, back down I had to peek down a couple possible paths to find the one I came from. I went early (6:30am) to beat the heat but all the beautiful views of the layered cliffs to the east are washed out until later on at midday when the sun shines on them from the west so you gotta pick between colorful views and cooler early morning weather. Some of the path was a little overgrown towards the end but nothing crazy and the loose rocks were a little precarious on the way down. Lastly, saw multiple piles of droppings and prints throughout the whole trail, I’m thinking bear, some sort of deer or hooved animal, and cougars/whatever large cats are around. Didn’t have a bell and went alone, made sure to sing to myself the whole way to give good warning to whatever was around.

5 months ago

Went on 12/26/2017 and there was no snow. This is a wonderful winter hike when there is no snow as it is full sun and gets 10*F warmer up on the ridge. We were the only ones there for the first half of the trail, and saw 3 other hiking parties on our way out. Sterling quiet!

Getting to the trail was a little tricky. I have a tiny Prius C that couldn't make it past some of the deep ruts on the dirt road leading up to the trailhead, so I had to leave my car parked about .1 miles from the trailhead.

The trail alternates between sand, loose gravel (careful not to slip!), and larger rocks. It's goes mostly up up up on the way in, so it's a shorter (time-wise) hike on the way down. Took us about 5 hours all together, but we weren't pushing ourselves.

In addition to the beautiful vistas at the top looking across at Ghost Ranch and that beautiful geological formation layers, there's a beautiful sage grove. It all smells delicious.

5 months ago

Simply beautiful, well worth taking a drive for this short hike with amazing views of the Abiquiu valley.

6 months ago

As Alaskans driving around New Mexico for the first time, this was a fantastic trail. Varied terrain, not too steep for aging knees and gorgeous views. Saw these birds:
Mountain Bluebird, Cassins finch, nuthatch, Mt. Chickadee, flocks of robins, junco, raven, Townsend solitaire, red shafted flickers, ladder backed woodpecker.

11 months ago

Such a great hike and the trail is perfect to not get lost or have any mishaps! It's more of a hidden trail to find & very peaceful, was the only one there had the whole mountain to myself. It's a great view at top you can see ghost ranch and Abiquiu lake in the distance. Just go early to give yourself plenty of time to make it to the top and keep it enjoyable. As there is not much shade on this trail.

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