06/08/2013Location: Alamo Boundary Trail Fee Information: no additional fee
Join the Bandelier Trails Program Manager, Dale Coker; for a hike on the Alamo Boundary Trail.
Meet at the trailhead at 8 AM.
To reach the trailhead turn onto Forest Road 289 (Dome Road) off of Hwy 4 near Milepost 43.5, then go approximately 1.5 miles to the trailhead. This hike will go through the park on the Alamo Boundary Trail (an old road that is flat easy hiking) for a mile to the park boundary. We'll then connect to the Coyote Call Trail on the Valles Caldera National Preserve and follow it down for a mile or so to the junction with the Rabbit Ridge Trail. We'll take that trail for another mile or so to the top of Rabbit Ridge and then hike along the ridge for about half a mile. Rabbit Ridge ( around 9800 feet) is part of the rim of the caldera and is also the boundary between Bandelier and the VCNP. It provides great views of both the caldera to the northwest and Bandelier and the Dome Wilderness to the southeast. We'll then return to the trailhead via a cross-country route on old logging roads. The total distance for the hike is around 5 miles and should take 3-4 hours. The elevation gain from the trailhead to Rabbit Ridge is approximately 1000 feet. The route is mostly flat or downhill and is easy to moderate hiking except for the climb up to Rabbit Ridge, which is moderately strenuous.
Bring water, snacks, rain gear and extra layers. Sturdy hiking footwear is a must and hiking poles are helpful for uneven terrain. For more information call the Bandelier Visitor Center 505-672-3861 x517 or Dale Coker at x345.