El Canal

5/5 (4 reviews)
El Canal (The Gutter) is a brief but difficult loop off of the Coyote Exit trail. Though the views from this spot are spectacular, you won't notice them as this trail will demand every bit of your attention. If you're looking to get your heart rate up and test your rig, this is a great place to do ...Read More
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Highlights of El Canal

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Highest Elevation
5338 ft
Shape of Trail
Loop
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
West
Nearest Town
Escondida
Nearest Services
Lemitar
Management Agency
Bureau of Land Management
District
Socorro Field Office

Overview

El Canal (The Gutter) is a brief but difficult loop off of the Coyote Exit trail. Though the views from this spot are spectacular, you won't notice them as this trail will demand every bit of your attention. If you're looking to get your heart rate up and test your rig, this is a great place to do it! The Quebradas (Spanish for "breaks") are located between two major protected wildlife areas, the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge to the north and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to the south. There are many 4WD trails along the Quebradas Backcountry Byway, which bisects the 6,000-acre Gordy’s Hill Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area, providing offroad driving challenges for all experience levels and offroad vehicle capabilities.

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2 Waypoints
8 Trail Photos
3 Trail Concerns
4 Community Reviews
1 Video
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