Off-Road Trails in El Paso

Off-Road Trails in El Paso
If you want to go off-road near El Paso, Texas, there are no major off-road trails for vehicles. There are, however, several renowned off-road trails just north of El Paso near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Trails in the area range from easy to extreme; some are open at all times to the public and others are available only during special off-roading events.

Sandia Gulch & Patzcuaro's Revenge

Sandia Gulch is located in the Chile Canyons, south of the main canyon. The trail is narrow and rocks get larger as the trail moves up to the top of the mountain. There is one major waterfall that ranges from an easy to difficult climb, depending on where you choose to ascend. The trail head is found by taking exit 132 off of Interstate 10 west of Las Cruces. Right after exiting, turn onto the access road by the interstate, traveling east for about a mile. There will be a dirt road to the left. You will travel the road for about four miles. Once you reach the Box Canyon Trail, you will turn left at Waypoint SG15 for Sandia Gulch.

While traveling Sandia Gulch, you will pass above Patzcuaro's Revenge. Patzcuaro's Revenge is 50 feet wide and has 100-foot walls. The trail is tight, the rocks are big and there are a series of difficult waterfall climbs. The trail is not always open to the public but is opened during some trailing events.


Don Ana Trail

A moderate trail, the Dona Ana is actually made up of a few different trails that connect around the base of the Dona Ana Mountains. The trail is made up mostly of sand arroyos, but there are a few precipitous climbs, growing steeper the deeper you travel into the trail.

To find the trail head of the Dona Ana Trail, take the exit off of Interstate 25 toward Dona Ana and SR-320. Turn left at the end of the ramp, right on Dona Ana Road and right on Hill Road. Once you cross under the I-25 overpass, you are at the head of the trail.

Hopping Jalapeno Trail

A relatively short, but difficult trail, the Hopping Jalapeno travels through rock-filled arroyos, with large rocks that reach up to a foot-and-a-half in diameter. There are several ledges, ranging in size from two to three feet, that must be climbed and descended. One of the most famous parts of the trail is the "grease pit," a 4-foot gap that must be straddled to safely cross. There also is a bypass trail around the pit for those who don't want to risk it.

The Hopping Jalapeno trail head is near the Dona Ana trail head. Take Interstate 25 to the Dona Ana exit and turn left. Make a right at SR-185, a left at CR-D052 and turn right onto Rocky Acres Trail. There are multiple trail heads in the area, including the Hopping Jalapeno.


Article Written By Jamie Lisse

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