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hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike! Though I'd rate it moderate, not easy. We did a 7.0 mi loop version with 1300 ft of climbing. Beautiful mix of high desert and river views. Educational trail markers on the Big Arsenic section with facts about local plant life.

From Big Arsenic Campground take the Big Arsenic Trail switchbacks down 0.6 mi to the river. If you want to take go to Big Arsenic Springs, then go upstream and back for an extra 0.8 mi. Continue 1.2 mi downstream to Little Arsenic Springs Campground then another 1.3 mi to La Junta, the confluence of the Red River and the Rio Grande. Come back 0.4 mi and work your way up the La Junta Trail out of the valley on a steep 800 ft climb over 0.8 mi to the rim.

You'll pop out at Montoso Campground and you can take the Rinconada Loop Trail through the Little Arsenic Campground until you return to the Big Arsenic Campground.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike through the canyons. We were able to hike down towards the confluence of the Red River and the Rio Grande. We followed along the Rio Grande for a while and took some great pics. Trails were pretty slippery and steep in some areas but nothing a good pair of shoes and balance can't handle. Elevation is between approximately 6-7000'.

walking
7 months ago

hiking
Sunday, October 25, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Great trails with awesome

Sunday, September 07, 2014

camping
Friday, September 05, 2014

Backpacked this trail with my family over the weekend. The hiking path was easy, clearly marked, clean, and beautiful. The Sawmill Park meadows were beautiful with flat and clean camp sites with fire rings. The close proximity to Horseshoe and Lost Lakes makes this a great destination because you can easily day hike to the lakes. Best of all there was no one at Sawmill Park, because most people camp at the lakes! The trail is 90% shaded which makes it a great trail in the summer.
One drawback is that Sawmill Park seems to be beneath a flight path, so planes are flying overhead most of the day and night.

hiking
Thursday, March 08, 2012

Long five miles from Cabresto Lake to entry point at Heart Lake. From their you go West a bit and follow the switchbacks up the ridge. On top it is easy hiking to all the peaks. Vernado is the highest. Typically will see Mountain Sheep and the views are quite nice. Can reach from El Rito and for a fee from the LaTir lakes.