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Ridgeline Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.0 (3)

This is a nice trail to the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument and fossils.


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2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Point to Point

4,615' 1,407 m

High

3,983' 1,214 m

Low

697' 212 m

Up

153' 47 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail starts at the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument lower parking lot. From the parking lot, it is a fairly moderate ascent to the ridge. The trail follows the ridgeline and eventually climbs a steep mountainside. About one mile in, you can leave the trail and descend into the arroyo below and explore the fossils.

The trail has good views of the Rio Grande Valley and of Split Rock.

Flora & Fauna

Cacti and birds.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jean-Claude Linossi

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View of the Rio Grande valley and Dona Ana Mountains
Apr 4, 2018 near Doña Ana, NM
View from the top of the ridge.
Apr 4, 2018 near Doña Ana, NM
Beginning of trail
Apr 4, 2018 near Doña Ana, NM

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Mar 18, 2021
Nick Kepf
This is now a Loop trail that connects with the Discovery Trail, distance 3 miles. 3mi — 2h 11m
Mar 18, 2021
Donna Kepf
This became a loop trail. about a mile up the the trail there is a split to the left or go continue up and then loop back around. Nice hike with beav 3.3mi — 2h 11m
Apr 13, 2020
Rita Napolitano
Oct 21, 2016
Jean-Claude Linossi
This trail follows the ridge line above the Permian Trackways arroyo trail. Good views of the Rio Grande Valley and the surrounding mountains. 2mi — 0h 45m