Rio Santa Barbara Middle Fork, East Fork, and West Fork Trail Loop

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Rio Santa Barbara Middle Fork, East Fork, and West Fork Trail Loop is a 25.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Llano, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

25.1 miles
5,039 feet

dogs on leash






nature trips



5 days ago

Great trail. The biodiversity between the West fork and the East fork are completely different. I did the loop backwards starting with the West fork. When you get to the divide, hike down to Truchas lake. Bring binoculars, big horns are everywhere up thier. Only saw 4 other people the six days I took to complete. The views and vistas from the divide are excellent. Seen a lot of elk up there as well. Definitely recommend to those with cardio as you will definitely need it!

2 months ago

Attempted late March 2018. Snow depth was manageable until you hit about 9600ft and then without snowshoes it was too difficult. Tons of animal sign such as bear and what appeared to be mountain lion. Beautiful beautiful area and entire 5 day 4 night trip was so rewarding. Had to park about 1 mile south of campground and hike in and then hiked about 6 miles further. Pictures don’t do this place justice. So happy we had the opportunity to explore the Pecos Wilderness!

4 months ago

We added Trip to Truchas Lakes for total mileage of ~28 Miles. Very long day! Fantastic scenery !

11 months ago

Great trail there are many turn around spots along the way which is perfect for anyone with children. One of my very favorites because of the spectacular views!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautiful trail! The rivers are high & fast and they require some creative crossing skills--and will result in wet boots/pants. The West Fork trail is still icy headed up to the skyline trail, making this a difficult backpack through option right now.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016