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Desert Dance

Easy/Intermediate
 3.3 (3)

A sandy and winding trail that runs along and across an arroyo as it snakes toward the Figure 8 loop.


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Point to Point

4,539' 1,384 m

High

4,262' 1,299 m

Low

6' 2 m

Up

283' 86 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Desert Dance consists of winding singletrack that weaves in and out of an arroyo from the parking lot up to the Lower Figure Eight Trail. This trail can be done in any direction and may be a good option for beginner hikers looking to learn how to hike on less technical terrain. With that in mind, there are a few sandy sections that can be tough in spots. Additionally, Desert Dance allows you to connect into the more technical and fun Chutes-n-Ladders loop.

Note that this trail does parallel and often cross an active arroyo. During the summer monsoons, this arroyo sees flowing water which can erase sections of the trail and/or dump loose sand on it. The trail can be different each time you hike it for this reason.

Flora & Fauna

The area does have creosote bushes, sumacs, sotols and agaves. Several species of cacti with some very big barrel cactus. Birds, rabbits and snakes can also be found.

Contacts

Shared By:

Christopher Bare with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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  3.3 from 3 votes
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Rocky outcrop near the trail
Mar 17, 2018 near Doña Ana, NM
Hiking North on the trail.
Mar 17, 2018 near Doña Ana, NM

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Mar 23, 2021
Nick Kepf
4.2mi — 1h 49m
Mar 23, 2021
Donna Kepf
4.2mi — 1h 49m
Feb 22, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Not too difficult of a hike. Very nice views of the Dona Ana mountains and surroundings. Lots of different species of cacti. 2mi — 2h 00m