Bonito Creek

Capitan, New Mexico 88316

Bonito Creek

Bonito Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A loop day hike or overnight trip along mountain streams through the lush White Mountain Wilderness.

The 44,000-acre Little Bear Fire of 2012 burned a large chunk of the White Mountain Wilderness, plus quite a few homes near Ruidoso. Fortunately this hike was only moderately affected by the fire with some patchy burned areas that are now healing with new growth. From the parking area, take Trail 36, the Big Bonito Trail (do not take Trail 39)."

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Trail Information

Capitan
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
10
Distance
2,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
5–7 hours
Duration
May through mid- Nov, depending on snow
Season
7,830 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,000 feet
Top Elevation
Camping
Additional Use
Views
Features
Lincoln National Forest, 901 Mechem, Ruidoso, NM 88345; (575) 257-4095
Local Contacts
White Mountain Wilderness; Lincoln National Forest; Sierra Blanca Peak and Nogal Peak 7.5-minute USGS quads
Local Maps

Trail Log