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Upper Rio Puerco Valley

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Gooseberry Trail
An outstanding out-and-back alpine trail with a 2000 foot vertical descent. Near Grants, New Mexico
Valley Trail
A traverse through the valley along the western side of White Ridge Mesa. Near Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
Good Times
A fun white ribbon trail and a little ridge run. Near Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
Dragon's Back
Sweet ridge riding with some exposure and killer views. Near Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
White Ridge Trail System - Main Loop
Sweet singletrack loop on a gypsum formation with stellar (stark) scenery. Near Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
Central Spine
A thrilling and technical trail bisecting the middle of the White Ridge Trail Network. Near Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
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Upper Rio Puerco Valley Rock Climbing 

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All but a handful of these some dozen volcanic necks have gated closures due to grazing leases MORE INFO >>>


The rock is typically welded tuff & basalt. Though quality varies widely there are often patches of solid rock. Cabezon, the most developed in terms of trails & signage, sees the most activity from local mountain clubs. If there are many cars in the parking lot consider coming back another day.

Getting There 

Turnoff lies midway between San Ysidro & Cuba. The sign along US 550 indicates a turn west toward Torreon. State Road 279 is paved the first dozen or so miles before abruptly turning to dirt. Make a sharp left turn down a hill & up the other side, then look for another left turn going about a half mile up to parking. The trail is obvious & skirts the south shoulder of Cabezon to reach the standard ascent route on the SE side.

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