Red Valley Trail

Red Lake, Arizona

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Red Lake is very popular with fishermen. It is one of the best places to catch catfish in the Navajo Nation. The lake, set in a wide valley under the shadow of the Chuska Mountains to the east in New Mexico, has several miles of grassy shoreline interspersed with marshy banks and some rocky outcrops. This trail commences by crossing the rutted track that leads across the top of the dam at the south end of the lake. The deep ruts show that this area is extremely muddy and best avoided in wet weather—a good policy for the entire trail. Special Attractions: Great views traveling along a ridge top in the Navajo Nation. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

Red Lake is very popular with fishermen. It is one of the best places to catch catfish in the Navajo Nation. The lake, set in a wide valley under the shadow of the Chuska Mountains to the east in New Mexico, has several miles of grassy shoreline interspersed with marshy banks and some rocky outcrops. This trail commences by crossing the rutted track that leads across the top of the dam at the south end of the lake. The deep ruts show that this area is extremely muddy and best avoided in wet weather—a good policy for the entire trail.

Special Attractions: Great views traveling along a ridge top in the Navajo Nation. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Red Lake
Distance: 7.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 7,100 feet
Top Elevation: 7,300 feet
Local Contacts: Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Buell Park, Sonsela Buttes, Ganado; BLM Ganado
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Valley Trail

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May 2018