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Rio Grande Gorge West Rim Trail

EASY 90 reviews

Rio Grande Gorge West Rim Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ojo Caliente, New Mexico and is good for all skill levels. 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: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 236 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

running

no shade

mountain biking
4 days ago

The trail is approximately 20 miles (out and back). There really isn't anything to see at mile 8 that you didn't see at mile 2. There isn't any shade, and the trail is really a dirt road that doesn't permit motorized vehicles.

hiking
rocky
13 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Nice flat trail along the rim of the gorge, with excellent views of the river and bridge.

Great views worthy the trip to see !!! Get there early to beat the heat . No shade but again worth it

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was hot in August. Our dogs were tuckered out.

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Great trail. Early morning run was terrific. No bugs, not too hot, and amazing views. There is a rocky patch on the trail about 1/2 mile in that only lasts for a 1/4 mile. After that the trail is fantastic.

hiking
bugs
no shade
4 months ago

a good trail, we only went a little ways though. definitely no shade, views are gorgeous!

4 months ago

This is a beautiful hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Lovely, level trail with spectacular views. Nice trail head. Very clean facilities. The total trail is 9 miles. Keep a track of your outbound distance and time so you don’t go further than you mean to. We walked about 2.5 miles each way which was perfect. No shade so pick morning or day with some cloud cover and not much wind.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail with spectacular views. Not fun during afternoon wind season.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy, spectacular views of Rio Grande gorge and bridge.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty straightforward hike with amazing views. Walked beside a couple bighorn sheep for half of it. Pretty cool experience.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Nice hike. Did 4 miles total. Wear good shoes.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The trail is actually a nine-mile trail that ends south at Dead Cholla. Only the first two miles hug the gorge. Views are spectacular. Do this hike early in the morning or in the afternoon with cloudcover as it is totally exposed. Trailhead is at the rest stop. People can stay here for 24 hours.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

great flat hike in summer I would only do it very early in the morning. As others have mentioned, there is no shade. I do it early spring or in the fall.

hiking
Monday, July 02, 2018

No shade except in rocks.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

This is a short but enjoyable trail. The views of the Rio Grande Gorge are spectacular as at times the canyon drops off right next to the trail all the way down to the river.I would suggest a afternoon hike as the light is spectacular.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This is an easy, flat hike along the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge starting at the back of the rest area. The TH is marked. You can hike as much or little as desired. We turned at 1.7 miles, just because we were at a pretty photo spot to make the return trip. Good for all ages. Bring water, especially if a hot day.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Nice easy trail with stunning views of the gorge:)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Gorgeous open views.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 11, 2016

beautiful, easy , be careful on summer could be really hot

Friday, May 06, 2016

It's a lovely trail if you don't want any elevation to your hike.

hiking
Monday, June 29, 2015

Easy & pleasant hike back & forth. Things to consider along this trail: take plenty of water if the hike is to take place on a sunny day - no shade refuge along this trail; finally, leave immediately if the thunderstorm is on its way.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Great views. Flat the whole way. It is not ojo caliente as listed but the trailhead starts at the gorge bridge rest area. After about 1/2 me you will see very few people.

running
Friday, June 27, 2014

Good flat trail for running. A few slightly technical areas peppered throughout. I did 7 miles in and then 7 back out and never worried about getting off on the wrong trail. Three big horns joined for part of the run.

running
Friday, July 02, 2010

About as flat as you can get for a trail in NM. Rocky at the start, then just a dirt trail all along the gorge. Great views the entire way.

hiking
57 minutes ago

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