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Beautiful trail, shady in the morning - the river is gorgeous at the bottom. It is a pull coming out of the canyon but worth it.

The trail was closed on 6/23/18 but the overlook is worth a side trip from other trails in area.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked the trail today and want to notify all that La Junta trail (just the portion going into the canyon) is closed until further notice. You can still do the same hikes but need to take a different trail down into the gorge, either big or little arsenic. See prior post from dog owner. Great hike.

This was a great trail and hike for our family of 5! Even our 3 year old was able to complete part of Big Arsenic and all of Little Arsenic Trail! Weather was great at 71 F and the gorge was an amazing sight! Recommend this trail to all!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Just remember bring anti tick spray.

CAUTION: For Dog Owners This WOULD have been a great trail do to IF I would have known about the three flights of steep spiked metal stairs my dog could not go down
Since so many people hike with their dogs I am surprised no one mentioned this?

Now they have.

Instead dog owners go to either Little or Big Arsenic trail(s) and hike back to La Junta like me and my puppy are doing right now!

Rugged beauty!

We started the hike going down La Junta (wow, just wow on views and trail). Went to the end of La Junta at the confluence of the rivers for lunch, then hiked along the River Trail to Big Arsenic Trail back up to the top and then hiked the flat Riconda Trail back to the car at the La Junta parking lot. Would not change a thing about the route. La Junta down was amazing and the trail between Little Arsenic and Big Arsenic was the prettiest part of our hike. We chose not to hike the additional mike os switch-back down to seek out the pictographs that may or not be easy to find since we have seen in other areas of the Southwest. Glad we didn't ton save energy for the flat walk back to the car. No regrets and glad we did it.

First time hiking this trail and absolutely loved it! Climbed out into the river to enjoy the sound of the water.

Very quite, mostly flat trail along the top of the Rio grande gorge.

backpacking
9 months ago

Beautiful and challenging hike, we hiked it early August. Thanks to the good monsoon season it was amazingly green with tons of mushrooms along the way. The trail is shaded almost the entire way with the river running parallel to it. I am however surprised this trail is rated moderate; it is an aggressive incline the entire way up, rarely letting up. I would rate it an advanced/hard trail. But once you get there it's beautiful and worth the work. Latir Peak hangs overhead and great campsites around the lake. We didn't make it up to the peak, but will be back to head up for sure.
We got a nice mountain drizzle for a few minutes but lucked out and it cleared up to a beautiful afternoon. Tracked roughly 9 miles up and back and 2,360 elevation gain. We didn't end up doing the loop. It's an ass kicker for sure, especially with 25+ lbs on your back.

Technically, the Lajunta Trail is 1.2 miles down to where the Red River meets the Rio Grande River and 1.2 mikes back up. You can go farther, to other trails if you like, but the hike back up is very steep and rated as difficult. After hiking down .8, you come to a fork. That is where you can choose one of the longer trails. All of this info is available in the flyer at the trailhead.

Father & 12 yr old Daughter hike. Proud of her. Not an easy one.

hiking
10 months ago

We had mapped this trail using the directions function in the app, so we started out on Big Arsenic. At the fork to follow La Junta and Little Arsenic, we opted to just follow Big Arsenic. It ends right down by the river with beautiful rock formations, a waterfall and refreshing cold mountain water - which was a relief because it was very hot the day we hiked (August 30, 2017). It was absolutely beautiful with stunning views along the way. That said, this hike was originally under Rio Grande Gorge hike and labeled as easy. Maybe because we hiked in and back up to the rim (7,575feet elevation descending 680 feet in only .8 miles) this was a moderately hard trail! Be sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen. But soooooo worth it!!!

backpacking
11 months ago

Excellent hike. Can see plenty of Northern NM and Southern CO peaks including Wheeler and Sierra Blanca. Venado Peak is easy to tack on to this trip. From Heart Lake to the trailhead via Bull Creek hitting Latir and Venado took us about 5.5 hours.

nice loop. go early if the heat is on.

fishing
11 months ago

Decent little trail to go see the confluence of the Rio and Red. Take a filter to pick up water at the bottom! Water fountains and restrooms at the top.

Leave No Trace!

This is a lovely hike near Taos, or Red River, NM. Make sure to take plenty of water!!

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Hiked this with my family, including an 11 and 13 year old. The view going down from the La Junta Campground was super impressive. The rocky, steep grade kept us moving slowly. The confluence of the Red and Rio Grande was a sweet reward. Picnicked and tried to fish with no luck. Took the River Trail back to Little Arsenic Rim Trail. This last .6 was a beast. Would suggest doing this hike earlier than 2/3 pm. Got very warm!!

hiking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

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
Saturday, February 11, 2017

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'.

hiking
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Great trails with awesome

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.

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