Big Arsenic Trail, New Mexico

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August 2012

Today we broke up a 20 mile bike ride through the BLM Wild Rivers Area in New Mexico into approximately two ten miles parts with a short 2 mile hike.

Big Arsenic Trail led us past junipers from the rim of the gorge down 800 feet to the Rio Grand River, a spring, and petroglyphs.  Thank goodness the trail was very well maintained, as we hiked down in bike shoes!

Further up river, at La Junta Point, is the confluence of the Red River and the Rio Grande.  After a short stop here, we spun back to the car on an undulating road.  A great morning ride! ETB




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Beth Bankhead

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  1. Trails in the Lower Gorge Unit are limited to some primitive routes that access the river from nearby NM 68 or 570. La Vista Verde Trail is the only trail developed for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use; it travels for 1.5 miles across a plateau about 500 feet above the Rio Grande at the north end of the Orilla Verde Recreation Area. A need for a trail off NM 570 in Orilla Verde has been identified in meetings with the Pilar community.

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