Big Bonito Loop

Ruidoso, New Mexico 88355

Big Bonito Loop

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The White Mountain Wilderness is one of the most attractive backcountry areas in New Mexico. The mountains are the highest in southern New Mexico, with rounded, gentle hills along the crest that give the range its characteristic beauty.

Montane grasslands, an unusual vegetation type found in only a few areas of the state, cover much of the crest, providing the chance to walk an open ridgeline with extensive views of the range itself and of the valley and canyons below. The geology also creates a well-watered range with many springs just below the crest. Campsites are plentiful in the grasslands."

Big Bonito Loop Trip Reports

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7/25/2009
As always this trail gives more than it takes. It was the first trail I walked while in the White Mountain Wilderness Area. It will always be a place to wander with no destionation in mind.
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10/1/2008
Great trail. Pretty steep after it crosses to the Blue Front Trail. Be prepared for several easy creek crossings. Lots of rocks to stop and enjoy the scenery.
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Trail Information

Ruidoso
Nearby City
9.25
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
late April to November
Season
USGS Nogal Peak; USFS White Mountain Wilderness
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