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.
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."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Russ Schneider, editor, Best Hikes along the Continental Divide (Falcon Guides).
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