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Zuni-Acoma Trail

HARD 18 reviews

Zuni-Acoma Trail is a 15.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cubero, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 15.4 miles Elevation Gain: 285 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

views

rocky

hiking
2 months ago

Extremely rocky! Neat lava formations.

hiking
7 months ago

I have been wanting to hike this trail for years and finally had the chance - and I am so happy that I did!!! It was an amazing journey...the terrain was challenging...but not as rough as I had anticipated. I hope to hike this again in the future! One rattlesnake sighting

hiking
8 months ago

tough hike, we did it in 3 hours and change, but were booking it

hiking
Tue Oct 30 2018

Great hike. Went with the kids. They had a great time. The lava flow will eat your shoes like I eat tacos. By the way that is really fast.

Wed Jul 11 2018

First off - Great trail BUT would not say it is dog friendly - UNLESS they’re wearing booties. Went Sunday and Kals paws (my GSD) were cut badly. She’s had trouble walking the last few days. Paws are still not completely healed. Mostly my fault and I feel terrible! Just FYI for those of you who would not realize this. We were a couple miles in before turning back. Stay safe! -K

Thu May 31 2018

The guide description is spot on! El Malpais is Spanish for “the badlands” and there could never be a more appropriate term for the terrain here. Expect some very jagged and sharp edges on the lava beds – there’s no flat surface to walk on except for the occasional sand intervals between the beds. The rock cairns are plentiful and you need to pay close attention to the route that they take you on…that route will be the best pathway to take you through this obstacle course even though some climbing may be involved. But you also need to pay heed to the lava at your feet. There are some deep fissures in much of the bed. Hiking boots are essential with the highly irregular surface. I found that the lava bed surface to be much like jagged blacktop and not at all slippery like slickrock. But the lava bed is razor blade sharp and a fall would probably result in serious injury. There’s a strange kind of beauty in the desolation here. This trail is part of the 3100 mile Continental Divide Trail that roughly follows the actual Continental Divide between Mexico and Canada and if you’re lucky (like I was) you might encounter a backpacker making the journey.

Sun Mar 25 2018

Recommend starting early from the Acoma side.Started from the Zuni side and regretted it.Dogs are only fine if your camping half way or only hiking part of it.Learn from my dumb mistake don’t take dogs after March and if so not all the way

Wed Jan 10 2018

nice trail, nice and long, very little elevation. ....watch them ankles......watch for cairns and wood post to guide you along.......

Thu Jan 04 2018

Lava rocks. It’s tough but it’s a good workout. Plan for water, hat and good hiking shoes.

hiking
Mon May 01 2017

Nice Hike! Don't let the lack of elevation change fool you! If you have never hiked on Lava rock before it can get tough in spots. Don't forget to knock out the El Calderon loop trail if you have time. just a short drive from this trailhead.

hiking
Wed Jul 13 2011

A nice hike. Good, early morning. Bring plenty of water and good shoes. Tarrain is mostly over lava rock.

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Tue Mar 13 2018