Ojitos Canyon Trail

Espanola, New Mexico 87532

Ojitos Canyon Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A trip into Ojitos Canyon is a hiker’s hike, a trip taken more for the sheer joy of walking and being in the backcountry than to reach a destination. The trail is one of northern New Mexico’s only completed sections of the Continental Divide Trail. It follows Ojitos Canyon through colorful cliffs of Mesozoic rocks in the little-used Rio Chama Wilderness.

The trail is well marked with Continental Divide Trail markers. Backcountry campsites are abundant in the canyon and near the trail’s end on Mesa del Camino. A trickle of water will be found in the stream most of the year. Watch for chunks of white quartz, gypsum, and petrifi ed wood, all common in the red Chinle mudstones along the fi rst 2 miles of the trail."

Ojitos Canyon Trail Trip Reports

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We hiked the first two miles on this trail from the Abiquiu side, into Ojitos Canyon. The trail is flat and easy to follow, very well marked. The views are INCREDIBLE! I forgot my camera and have to go back sometime to take pictures, and to hike much further into the canyon. Don't miss this hike! We ran into some people who informed us there was a pond 1.5 miles beyond the point we hiked to, that is a great birdwatching spot for all you birders out there.

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Trail Information

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mid-March to November
USGS Laguna Peak
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