Ranger-Guided Backcountry Hikes
Ranger-guided backcountry hikes will be presented every second Saturday of the month. The hikes will lead to a variety of backcountry locations. These hikes are by reservation only and the number of attendees is limited. If you are interested in participating call (505)672-3861 x 517 during business hours (9 AM - 430 PM daily) to sign up for the individual hike. The park entrance fee ($12/vehicle) applies but there are no additional fees.
These hikes are going into remote areas and will not be confined to trails. Since hikes are scheduled year-round, persons wishing to particpate must be be prepared for whatever weather conditions may be encountered. Winter means cold temps, snow, wind. Spring is wind and cold temps. Summer is sun, heat, rain, lightning, a chance of flash flooding, and hail storms, dropping temps during hailstorms. Autumn is cool to warm temps. Weather is always changing and can be very unpredictable. Layers and compact rain gear keeps you ready for whatever weather conditions might be encountered. These hikes will cover all kinds of terrain from grassy meadows to steep rocky desert terrain. Comfortable sturdy boots or hiking shoes are essential.
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Did You Know?
A drink that tastes a lot like lemonade can be made from the berries of the Three-leaf Sumac. From this, the bush gets its common name, the Lemonade Bush.