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New Mexico's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide
by Bob Julyan & Tom Till (Westcliffe Publishers)
© Bob Julyan & Tom Till/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.
Excellent roads to the basin from FR87, 285 below San Antonio Mountain. Green meadows and forested hills make everything look alike. Wife and I had no issues, but you must go in prepared for cold rain or other potential events. Few people around
I saw Cruces Basin on a FS map and figured this far off corner of New Mexico needed to be explored. Off the beaten path? Yes! Worth the trip? Absolutely! However, take care if you are coming from the Osier, Colorado side, since there is no bridge over the Rio de los Pinos between Osier RR stop and Lagunitas Campground. The road and the ford offer too many opportunities to get stuck. Cruces Basin is one of my state's hidden gems. I found endless vistas of pure wilderness following critter trails. The bears had been active signing the aspens so bear cautions are a good idea. Great summer or fall hike. Will go up there again with friends and family to share the bounty.
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