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Canyon Trail

Location At Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro, NM
State(s) New Mexico
Counties Socorro
Type Backcountry
Length 2.20 Miles / 3.54 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: The Canyon Trail in in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
The Canyon Trail in in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

This trail is located in the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico and accesses the Indian Well Wilderness Area of the Bosque del Apache NWR.

Here you can search for stories in the tracks; beetles, kangaroo rats, lizards, snakes and box turtles leave stories in the shifting sands. Follow them to see what the critter was up to. "Tracks" of geological forces can be observed in the preserved sand dunes and water-deposited rock formations. Birds and bats roost and nest in the canyon walls. Ancient pack rat nests show layers of feast and famine. Rock wrens line the entrance to their nests with pebbles. Junipers and black grama grass remnants left over from a cooler, wetter time grow on the northern slopes while creosote bushes are encroaching on the hotter southern slopes. This trail is used by refuge staff for interpretive programs to school groups and is open year around to refuge visitors.


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: 1 hr. befo - Time Closes: 1 hr after


Not Available


Additional Information

Width: 24 inches.

Primary Surface: Soil

Secondary Surface: None

Average Grade: 4%

Elevation Low Point: 4570

Elevation High Point: 4825

Year Designated: 2008

Date Last Updated: 03/15/2013


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Tom Melanson
Po Box 1246
Socorro , NM 87801
(505) 835-1828

Trail Management:
Shawn Gillette
Bosque del Apache NWR
Po Box 1246
Socorro , NM 87801
(575) 835-1828


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