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Petroglyph Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.2 mile 3.6 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 139' 42 m
Descent: -130' -40 m
High: 6,505' 1,983 m
Low: 6,410' 1,954 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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This is a short trail along the Rio Bonito to a stone covered with ancient petroglyphs.

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Features River/Creek

Family Friendly A flat trail along a small stream makes for a kid-friendly hike with opportunities to get wet.

Description

This is an easy trail along the Rio Bonito to a large rock etched with ancient petroglyphs.

The hardest part of this trail is getting to the trailhead. The unpaved road leading from NM-220 to the trailhead is rocky and very steep. Four-wheel-drive is recommended.

The trail can be hot in the summer as shade is minimal.

Flora & Fauna

Cedar trees, mule deer, and the occasional elk can be found in this area.

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Jun 29, 2019
Texas Stevens
This might have been great, but on my way in, I was greeted by a sign that said passenger vehicles are not allowed and the there was a steep grade. — 4h 30m
Mar 3, 2019
Molly K
2mi — 2h 00m

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in Fort Stanton

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Cooling off in Bonito Creek.
Aug 13, 2017 near Capitan, NM
Petroglyph Rock
Aug 13, 2017 near Capitan, NM

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