Hopping Jalapeno Trail (Moderate/Hard 5-8)
The Hopping Jalapeno Trail is located about 5 miles
West of Las Cruces.  Ranging in elevation from
approximately 4,100 feet to 4,700 feet, the trail takes you
down into some very rocky arroyos, with rocks as large
as 12 inches to 18 inches in diameter. There are also a
few ledges (ranging from 2 feet to 3 feet), which you
must ascend and descend. An obstacle on the trail is
"The Grease Pit", which gets it name from the
approximately 4-foot deep crevice that that you must
carefully straddle to cross; over which, you might want
to change your oil if you have time <grin>. It's highly
recommended that you use a spotter to navigate the
Grease Pit! Otherwise use the bypass to the left. The trail
is a little less than 3.5 miles long and takes
approximately 3 hours or so to complete.
Trails
Sandia Gulch Trail (Moderate/Hard 5-8)
The Sandia Gulch Trail is located about 5 miles
West of Las Cruces.  Ranging in elevation from
approximately 4,100 feet to 4,500 feet, the trail
gradually climbs up a winding canyon. There are
really only a couple of obstacles on this trail, but
there aren’t any bypasses, and no easy way to
turn around. So once you’re deep in the canyon,
you’re pretty much committed! There’s a short
boulder field, with a series of large rocks ranging
in size from 18 inches to 36 inches in diameter.
The major obstacle is the "V" Rocks, consisting of
two 36+ inch rocks which form a "V". Don’t
attempt this obstacle without rocker panel
protection, because it will rearrange your lower
sheet metal! The actual trail is less than 1.5 miles
long and takes about 2 hours to 3 hours or so to
complete. But there are a few play areas to and
from the trailhead, such as the ledges near the
end, which will make for a longer outing if you
want.
Do you own a
4-wheel
drive vehicle?
Off Broadway Trail (Moderate/Hard 5-8)
The Off Broadway Trail is located about 20 miles
Northwest of Las Cruces. To get to the trailhead,
take I-10 West out of Las Cruces and take the
Airport Exit (# 132). Continue traveling west on the
frontage road for approximately 4 miles. Turn right
onto the paved road with the arched sign above
that says "Carralitos Ranch". Follow the main road
northbound for about 6.75 miles; then turn left at
the intersection. Travel northwest for
approximately 11.8 miles, through several "dips"
in the paved road. Turn right onto the dirt road, go
through the gate, and air down (the dirt road is
really rough). Proceed northeast; the trailhead is
less then 2 miles away. Ranging in elevation from
approximately 4,700 feet to 4,900 feet, the trail
crisscrosses a dry streambed, with a continuous
series of large rocks ranging in size from 18
inches to 36 inches in diameter. The trail follows
the canyon to the right; however, there’s also an
optional steep climb straight ahead up the side of
the hill. The trail is less than 3 miles long and takes
about 2 hours to 3 hours or so to complete.
Broad Canyon (Moderate/Hard 5-8)
The Broad Canyon Trail is located about 20 miles
Northwest of Las Cruces.  Ranging in elevation
from approximately 4,100 feet to 4,600 feet, the trail
takes you through "Broad Canyon", which
contains boulders as large as 24 inches to 36
inches in diameter. To test your ability is "The Test
Rock", which can be used as a test to see if you
will make it through the rest of the trail. Another
major obstacle is the Snake Pit, a 5-foot nearly
vertical wall to climb. The bypass, in the arroyo,
may or may not be blocked. Finally, at the end of
the trail is a "playground" (Camp Site) with various
rocks and ledges you can climb. The trail is only a
little under 9 miles long and takes approximately 5
hours or so to complete.
Do you own a
4-wheel
drive vehicle?
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