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Jeff Breault
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Jun 20 2020
HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

You have to really want to see this place to go there. Getting there: I strongly recommend that you do not attempt this trip without a 4 wheel drive vehicle. You spend a lot of time on narrow rough roads and there are steep sandy sections that could present problems. We have a Tacoma Off Road and we used 4 hi to traverse these. Even the entrance is tough and we used 4 low there. There is no cell reception for most of the trip once you leave 550. Please note that much of the trip is on roads barely wide enough for one car with no shoulder. We encountered a grader coming the opposite way and had to pull off the road over an embankment to let it by. Without 4 wheel drive and high clearance we would have been stuck. I recommend looking at the BLM web site for directions. The trail: You come upon the lot fairly quickly and as I mentioned, access to the lot is tricky. You cannot see the ruins from the lot but the path is marked by two plaques describing the site. The first part of the climb is steep but not especially challenging. However the approach to the summit is a bit of a scramble and requires sure footing. Once on top the path continues to your right. The Mesa is narrow with awesome views. The ruins are not much to look at and some are covered as this is an ongoing archaeological excavation. One covered area is accessible by a ladder leading down to what appears to be a communal eating area. Notes: okay, here’s the kicker. I suffer from vertigo and the trip down was a challenge for me. There are 200 foot drop offs as you leave the top and I will admit I went butt first a few times. Hey, I’m 64 with bad knees and lousy sense of balance. But it was worth it. All I could think was why? How did they get water up here?

Jeff Breault
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarThu Jun 18 2020
Hiking

Fairly mundane trail with Petroglyphs at the turn around. Getting there: Located on Cabezon Road off of 550. See my description under Hoodoo trail for more details (that trailhead is less than a mile down the road), we did both in the space of 4 hours. The trail: The trail follows an old Jeep trail and is easy to navigate. Rocky in places it is fairly flat. You will encounter petrified wood (I think) as you approach the turn around. The Petroglyphs are on rock outcroppings overlooking the surrounding wilderness. It is an impressive view and makes you wonder how and why they chose this spot for their art. Notes: see my Hoodoo review for additional info.

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Jeff Breault
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jun 18 2020
Hiking

Wonderful hike on a trail all to ourselves. Temps in the low 79’s when we started, no clouds, light winds. Low 80’s by the time we finished. Getting there: fairly straightforward, a sign marks the entrance off of 550 onto Cabezon Road. Go slow because it is easy to miss if you don’t have it on your GPS. Cabezon is mostly hard packed dirt mixed in with gravel. Easily navigable by car but keep the speed down or you might rattle your dentures. The trail: Starts across the road from the lot (there is a sign). Otherwise trail is not marked but easy to follow. There are side trails so it is easy to get off route. Hoodoos and other colorful rock formations show up after a half mile. Remarkable sight. This part of the hike is easy but the trail steepens a little as you approach the base of the Mesa and begin encountering rock. At no point would I classify the trail difficulty as more than easy-moderate. The trail ends on the side of the Mesa. Notes: As others have noted, sunscreen and water are important as there is little shelter other than the occasional evergreen and Juniper. We did encounter some flies but they were not bothersome. We were alone so a good first aid kit is also helpful. Cell reception is spotty and it would take a while for someone to get to you. One other observation. This is BLM property so people can and do use it as a shooting range. While shooting is not permitted around the trail, be aware if you stop elsewhere along the road. We encountered several people pulled off the road shooting at targets in a he hills. I would advise against exploring outside the trail area.

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Thea Gaugler
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Jun 16 2020
Hiking

I always forget to start recording, so my recording is a little janky. Fun trail and the hoodoos are worth seeing! We finished around 11 and it was starting to get super hot. Bring lots of water and if you have a dog, make sure they have enough too! Our dog was seeking out the tiny shady spots the whole time.

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Samantha Ward
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Hiking

*please don’t climb or mark the delicate rock formations!* A fun and scenic trail if you don’t mind a drive down a bumpy dirt road! No shade, so come prepared with sunscreen and a hat. There is a designated parking lot on the left side of the road and the trail head is directly across the road from it - AllTrails map is slightly off on this. Easy to follow trail with lots of neat formations and views - worth the drive!

Ray Phillips
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jun 11 2020
Hiking

Wonderful trail. Got off route on the way back (chased by rogue Seismosaurus?) and had trouble seeing my map location on phone in bright sun (even shaded).

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Dominic Pino
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Jun 09 2020
Hiking

Spectacular trail, you get a view of cabezon peak in the distance. At the end of the trail you can find some petroglyphs. If you look you could even find a handprint indented in the rocks wall.

Dominic Pino
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Jun 09 2020
Hiking

It’s an awesome trail, the trail isn’t to maintained but it’s fairly easy to follow and find. It’s got some great rock features!

... N.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Jun 06 2020
HikingNo shade

I recommend not hiking this trail in middle of the day during summer. It can get extremely hot. You must go prepared if you do. One hoodoo was broken. Please do not sit or climb the hoodoos to help preserve them for many years. Trail was easy to find and well maintained.

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Dana V.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMon Jun 01 2020
HikingBugsNo shade

The flies were relentless and it was hot af. Not very well marked. But mostly the flies were terrible. 2 other parties in the middle of a Monday, so no at remote as expected. Last 30 min of drive is bumpy. Might try again in a cooler time of year w a ton of bug spray.

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Sam Trowbridge
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSun May 31 2020
HikingBugsNo shade

I really did enjoy hiking here but, I feel there’s some confusion — the trail is NOT marked even though other reviews say it is. There’s no real trail head, no real trail... we saw three markers set up by others after about 1 1/2 miles in. The view is wonderful especially if you love New Mexico desert landscapes. But there’s a lot of flies and cactus and it’s easy to get off “trail” if you aren’t following the GPS or some kind of map. Rugged and hot during the summer. Enjoyable, but it felt less like a hike on a trail and more like just a “figure it out and have fun” hike.

Charles Merz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon May 25 2020
HikingScramble

Just too steep of a climb for us. After the scree field, you have to scramble up a 75 degree stone incline. Instead, we hiked around the peak which gave us some very interesting views of the peak as well as the surrounding landscapes. Following the cairns helped.

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Jennifer Bauer
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Hiking

Great trail, just watch out for the rattlesnakes!

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Brandon Held
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat May 23 2020
HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Like everyone else said, it's more of a scramble/climb than a traditional hike. The first little bit from the parking lot is a steep hike, but once you reach the scree field, it's a different animal. The first somewhat "vertical" climb had me thinking about how to proceed but it really is a fun, unique path to get to the top. Not for younger kids but it had me feeling accomplished for someone who doesn't actually climb. I'd definitely do this trail again. If you're afraid of heights, there are a few sections that might get to you. Hard is probably a fair descriptor for this trail but it's on the easy side of hard, if that makes sense.

Trenia Walker
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun May 17 2020
HikingNo shade

We had this trail on our list for a while. And we weren't disappointed by the views or the petroglyphs. However we weren't prepared for the shooters that surrounded us. It was unnerving at first and uncomfortable throughout. Wish we had known beforehand.

Kenny Dillingham
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue May 12 2020
Hiking

Much of this trail is a road and is moderately traveled by vehicles. That part stinks, but it is quite a love area to explore with some nice scenery. I enjoy the views from the northern parts of the trail. Plus, I enjoy exploring down in the canyons as well for side trips. Fragile environment and should be treated with respect. pay attention too. Getting lost in spots could be easy for a novice hiker in certain spots. Especially where the trail fades and where there have been secondary paths created. Take water. Its super scare in the area.

K S
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun May 10 2020
HikingNo shadeRocky

Great trail! Parking area had several cars due to starting at 10am, but only saw few people along the way. Highs were in the 80's so hike was pleasant, but I could see this trail getting extremely hot in the summer. Trail loop is decently marked with numbered signs and maps. Did full loop in a little over 2 hours. It's marked as a mountain bike trail but barely saw any. Dog friendly but watch the cliffs and bring PLENTY of water. I think moderate is an accurate rating. Will definitely do this hike again to escape the crowds! Rock colors and landscape was incredible.

Stewart Carnes
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Apr 25 2020
HikingRocky

Wonderful short hike with amazing history. Beautiful views. The 22 mile dirt road is in good shape

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kate bunch
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Apr 25 2020
HikingNo shadeRocky
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Stewart Carnes
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Apr 25 2020
Hiking

Great hike. Beautiful desert canyon. The 22 mile dirt road to the trail is in good shape. I parked right off the main dirt road. The 2 lane dirt road to the trailhead is overgrown and I wanted to save the paint on my truck. The first set of petroglyphs are about 20 feet high on the left side, on overhang above the creek bed, just before the turn where you see the ruins. The second set of petroglyphs are on the right side. Continue down the canyon a couple hundred yards, past the small arch. There’s a path that climbs up a dirt mound on the right side. The petroglyphs are up there. Then it’s a easy hike over to the ruins.

Kayla Michelle
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Apr 23 2020
HikingNo shadeRocky

This trail was really fun! Not much shade, so be sure you bring enough water. Trail is obvious and easy to follow. My three year old had a blast climbing all over the rocks. Definitely recommend.

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