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Joseph's Mine Trail

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An old, rocky, mining road through arid desert hills.


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2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Point to Point

6,575' 2,004 m

High

6,222' 1,897 m

Low

384' 117 m

Up

36' 11 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Need to Know

The hot springs and spa at Ojo Caliente are world renowned, and the Artesian Restaurant grows much of their own produce at their local farm.

There's a few miles of easy but fun singletrack accessible along the first mile of the Joseph's Mine Trail, various overnight accommodations or camping can be arranged at the resort—find more infohere.

Description

This trail begins at the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Resort at the end of New Mexico State Road 414. The trailhead is a short ways down an access road from the parking lot in front of the resort. It begins with a grueling, steep climb as you enter BLM land after about 650 feet, then the trail mellows out after the first third of a mile. Hike down a short descent and follow the road as it crosses a usually-dry wash then climbs gradually through arid terrain to the remnants of Antonio Joseph's mica mine.

A short ways past the mine, the trail merges with an unnamed BLM road. From here, there's a lot of opportunities to explore the vast expanse of public lands via old mining roads and dry arroyos surrounding the 7,813 foot Cerro Colorado. This is rugged terrain with spectacular geologic features and old mines scattered across the area—not all the trails and roads are marked, so it's a good place to carry a topographic map you know how to read.

Mid-day temps can get pretty hot during summer and there's not any reliable water sources, bring what you need and time your hike accordingly.

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