Pueblo Creek

Whites City, New Mexico 88268

Pueblo Creek

Pueblo Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The little-used Blue Range Wilderness abuts the Arizona–New Mexico border, part of the larger Blue Range Primitive Area. The area receives only a few hundred visitors each year, helping make this hike lovely from spring to fall. The isolated canyon of Pueblo Creek cuts through the wilderness and is a natural corridor for plants and animals from Mexico to extend their range into southern New Mexico.

The canyon bottom has a canopy of broad-leafed trees that includes Arizona sycamore and Arizona alder and is home to Mexican jays, red-faced warblers, and painted redstarts. The WS Mountain Trail 43 follows the canyon about 9 miles to WS Lake, but the canyon itself is the main attraction. A rock outcrop on the east side of the canyon yields shiny bytownite crystals, a translucent mineral often cut into gems. The mineral can be found in scattered rocks along the second half of the described route."

Pueblo Creek Trip Reports

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3/17/2003
Be very careful about the return portion of this loop (the guide book recomends going "clockwise"). The trail hasn't been maintained in _twenty_ years! The junction with the ridge trail is marked but there are very few visible cairns after the first few. But since the trail hasn't been maintained since the 80s following the 'trail' is pretty close to bushwhacking (or in this case cactus-whacking). After looking at where the "trail" comes down from the ridge I don't think I'd try it on foot (the ranger said that they usualy had horses on that portion of the trail). The NPS has just (as of winter 03) completed their three year biological survey of the park, while the survey was going on they weren't allowed to do any trail maintnence. Look for improvements starting in the fall of 03.


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Trail Information

Whites City
Nearby City
8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
March to November
Season
USGS Saliz Pass
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