Ancho Rapids Trail

White Rock, New Mexico

Elevation Gain1,341ft
Trailhead Elevation6,389ft
Elevation Min/Max5414/6439ft
Elevation Start/End6389/6389ft

Ancho Rapids Trail

Ancho Rapids Trail is a hiking trail in White Rock, New Mexico. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 6,389 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,341 feet.

Ancho Rapids Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a desert plateau and canyon hike to the Rio Grande. After an easy beginning on high desert terrain, the trail descends along switchbacks, through a small, lush riparian area, onto the sandy banks and smooth black boulders bordering the Rio Grande.

There is no shade on this hike, and in the heat of summer it could be a scorcher, so it may be a good idea to wait for a cool day. It is also an isolated hike."

Ancho Rapids Trail Reviews

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The downside of this trail is that before entering the canyon you are walking amongst power lines and can see nearby housing, which takes away form the solitude of the walk. I would also make a note that it is a very good idea to wear appropriate boots, the switchbacks are sometimes steep and filled with loose rocks and soft dirt. Sneakers are not a good idea. The trail is well marked with cairns until you reach the bottom where there are points that it was hard to stay exactly on the trail because the river wash must come up that far and markers are hard to find. But at this point you are no more than a few hundred yards from the river and certainly can find your way to and fro. I hiked it 4/2008
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This trail offers a wonderful experience of new mexico's beautiful juniper/pinon forests and a descent/ascent through multiple geological layers. Although the ultimate goal of the short hike (the Rio Grande) was anti-climatic due to murky water, a recent stonefly hatch, and a partially decomposed cow; the fresh canyon spring, the heart accelerating ascent, and the geological variety made the hike well worth it. get an early start because you will be in the sun, and take some time to discover the variability in some volcanic rocks.

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Trail Information

White Rock
Nearby City
Skill Level
Santa Fe National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS White Rock
Local Maps

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Nov 2018