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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, NM
Good Times
A fun white ribbon trail and a little ridge run. Near Jemez Pueblo, NM
Dragon's Back
Sweet ridge riding with some exposure and killer views. Near Jemez Pueblo, NM
White Ridge Main Loop
Sweet singletrack loop on a gypsum formation with stellar (stark) scenery. Near Jemez Pueblo, NM
Central Spine
A thrilling and technical trail bisecting the middle of the White Ridge Trail Network. Near Jemez Pueblo, NM
Corrales Bosque Part 1
Fun twisting singletrack through the Rio Grande Bosque. Near Corrales village, NM
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Upper Rio Puerco Valley  

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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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Weather station 2.5 miles from here

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Featured Route For Upper Rio Puerco Valley
Cerro Cabezon from the approach road.

Cerro Cabezon 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b  NM : Upper Rio Puerco Valley
Climb talus toward the obvious gully, which features a few boulder-type moves on quality rock. Above here the standard line makes a slightly dropping traverse right (north) before heading straight up. It is possible to go more or less straight up but this is all high angle talus where numerous accidents have occurred. Pick your line carefully.As a side note, there is some potential for further development on this peak. A UNM Mountaineering Club trip in 1974, for example, climbed a direct lin...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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