San Pedro Parks - Las Vacas Trail 51

Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico

Distance5.4mi
Elevation Gain1,415ft
Trailhead Elevation9,236ft
Top10,189ft
Elevation Min/Max9236/10189ft
Elevation Start/End9236/9236ft

San Pedro Parks - Las Vacas Trail 51

San Pedro Parks - Las Vacas Trail (51) is a hiking and horse trail in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. It is within Santa Fe National Forest and San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area. It is 5.4 miles long and begins at 9,236 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,415 feet. This trail connects with the following: Anastacio Trail (435), Palomas Trail (50), Damian Trail (436) and Upper Clear Creek Trail (417).

San Pedro Parks - Las Vacas Trail (51) Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a strenuous day hike; easy backpack. A 2- or 3-day hike into the lush meadows and forests of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness.

The 41,132-acre San Pedro Parks Wilderness is basically a big, relatively level area of forest and meadows. Crystal-clear, slow- moving mountain streams meander down through broad, marshy valley bottoms. Multiple large meadows give the area a manicured, parklike atmosphere. Instead of having a few high peaks, much of the entire wilderness lies at about 10,000 feet. No sheer cliffs or jagged peaks break up the terrain. Most New Mexico mountains are very steep, with level areas few and far between."

"A two- or three-day hike into the lush meadows and forests of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness, located about 90 miles northwest of Albuquerque. Best time to hike is May through October. Water is available at Rio de las Vacas and Clear Creek. The area offers large meadows, solitude, and winter cross-country ski potential."

San Pedro Parks - Las Vacas Trail (51) Reviews

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7/30/2005
The trail from the Resumierdo Campground to Vega Redondo is a beautiful day hike. The elevation gain is considerable but the climb is gradual. The path winds through aspen groves, open wildflower-filled meadows (vegas), tall pines laced with light green moss, and runs parallel and crosses flowing streams, culminating in the large, lush Vega Redondo. Numerous ponds dot the grassy field. Footprints of wildlife abounded. As a camp, this would be a beautiful spot. Make sure to bring the mosquito repellant.
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5/19/2003
I went for a three day backpack with my wife and dog.We added a extra portion from the trail notes that made a 18 mile loop. The trail was beautiful and perfect for the westerner looking for a lush, higher elevation route that is relatively flat. There was plenty of water,places to swim and many perfect campsites. I highly recommend this trail (my dog was in heaven)and we saw only one person. I hope to go back with some friends.
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Trail Information

Santa Fe National Forest
Nearby City
Santa Fe National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Views
Features
Santa Fe National Forest, PO Box 150, Jemez Springs, NM 87025; (575) 829-3535; www.fs.usda.gov/santafe
Local Contacts
San Pedro Parks Wilderness; Santa Fe National Forest; Nacimiento Peak 7.5-minute USGS quad
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