Canyon Trail

Located in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, this 2.2-mile interpretive trail offers school groups and visitors year-round the ability to study tracks in the shifting sands, evidence of kangaroo rats, box turtles, and a host of other wildlife that call the refuge home.

photo: The Canyon Trail in in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Type: Backcountry
Length: 2.20 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: At Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro, NM
States: New Mexico
Counties: Socorro
Latitude: 33.78796   Longitude: -106.90214

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Description

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.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 4%
Elevation Low Point: 4,570
Elevation High Point: 4,825
Year Designated: 2008

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Tom Melanson
Po Box 1246
Socorro , NM 87801
(505) 835-1828
tom_melanson@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/newmex/bosque

Trail Management:
Shawn Gillette
Bosque del Apache NWR
Po Box 1246
Socorro , NM 87801
(575) 835-1828
shawn_gillette@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/newmex/bosque/index.html

 

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