Rim Vista Trail

Espanola, New Mexico 87532

Rim Vista Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The sedimentary rock layers of the Colorado Plateau create grand scenery from Utah to New Mexico. The rocks tell the story of shallow seas with dinosaurs roaming the shorelines, of freshwater lakes, and a massive sand dune desert rivaling the modern Sahara.

Nowhere are these rocks more colorfully displayed than from the edge of the Mesa de los Viejos and an overlook simply called Rim Vista. The hike to the vista climbs from the red mudstones of the Chinle Formation to the top of the Dakota Sandstone, a climb through time of almost 100 million years. Little shade is available on this route, making it ideal in spring, fall, or winter, but to be avoided in summer."

Rim Vista Trail Trip Reports

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Fastastic views of the colorful sandstone formations behind Ghost Ranch. The view from the top is particularly stunning, as the flat tops of the mesas give definition to the cliffs below. Amazing panorama and good weather to view it in, not too hot. The devastation to the pinons is very evident in the middle of the hike.

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March to December
USGS Echo Amphitheater
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