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Water Canyon

 3.0 (2)

Length


1.8 Miles 2.9 Kilometers


662' 202 m

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7%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

8,236' 2,510 m

High

7,574' 2,309 m

Low

Shared By Michael Wheat

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Situated in a canyon, this trail meanders across a seasonal stream bed.

Michael Wheat

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

It has been said that the Los Alamos National Laboratory used to use Water canyon to supply water to one of it's sites (S-Site) located across from NM 501. If you mistakenly take a right at the fork approximately 0.8 miles into this trail, it will dead end at what is believed to be an old reservoir. You can still make out remnants of an old concrete dam. After the Los Conchas fire, one of the main pipes was exposed along the trail leading out of the reservoir.

Flora & Fauna

Seasonal stream. Aspens seem to be making a come back after the Los Conchas fire offering more shade. Bighorn sheep, deer, bear and elk have been sighted drinking from the stream.

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Mar 30, 2017
Kelsey Nelson
Liked stream. Saw butterflies.

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  3.0 from 2 votes

#10

in Los Alamos

#15701

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Mike Strevell
Los Alamos, NM
Mike Strevell   Los Alamos, NM
> "If you mistakenly take a right at the fork approximately 0.8 miles into this trail, it will dead end at what is believed to be an old reservoir. You can still make out remnants of an old concrete dam." Dirt has completely filled in behind the old dam, and the trail does end there. But if you continue bushwacking up that box canyon, you can find the spring that is the source of the stream. The water tastes quite good (we did use a filter). There are lots of fallen trees and undergrowth, but if you are prepared to bushwack, it is a scenic and fun dead end canyon to explore. We went there in mid-May 2018, and the small stream was running nicely, in spite of very little snow the previous winter. Aug 17, 2018

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