San Lorenzo Canyon

5/5 (5 reviews)
Lemitar, New Mexico (Socorro County)
Last Updated: 07/07/2019
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Highlights

Breathtaking skies and fascinating geological features are the hallmarks of this trail. A sandstone masterpiece, San Lorenzo Canyon is home to caves, slots, hoodoos, pillars, springs and "slickensides", a geological term for the angular striations in the rock, formed when moving fault blocks ground against each other 7-10 million years ago. A short drive up the San Lorenzo Arroyo brings you into the lower canyon box, with a spring at its end. San Lorenzo, a desert canyon, hosts saltbush, rabbitbrush, yucca, tree cholla and prickly pear cacti as well as desert bighorn sheep, many bird species including roadrunners, and five (yes, five) types of rattlesnake. So, keep your hands and feet out of places you can't see! There are countless opportunities for hiking and primitive camping along this pleasant desert trail. There are also many side canyons, slots, niches and crevices making it a great place to get out and explore.

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Trail Reviews

5/5 (5 reviews)
Tyler
2700
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/28/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very pretty and unique trail. Took a rental car down there on my trip to White Sands and no issues. Just wash boards. Not off-roading by any means but pretty.
Trail Review: San Lorenzo Canyon - Tyler
Trail Review: San Lorenzo Canyon - Tyler
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Simple trail 2wd and passenger car friendly. A great place to pull off the freeway if going through this area and find a wonderful campsite. Area was clean, considerate people/campers, and no graffiti on any rocks we saw. Would recommend as a great place to stretch legs take a few photos or camp in anything RV, Van, rig, or ground tent.
Trail Review: San Lorenzo Canyon - Jonathan Suitter
Trail Review: San Lorenzo Canyon - Jonathan Suitter
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Scott Mitchell
Official Crew
12150
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/07/2019

Super-scenic trail, very easy to drive. The slot canyons and hoodoos are awesome to see and hike into.
Trail Review: San Lorenzo Canyon - Scott Mitchell
Trail Review: San Lorenzo Canyon - Scott Mitchell
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/04/2019

Extremely extremely easy Trail went while there was snow on the ground which made it even more enjoyable. It was a nice easy trip. It was nice to get out there end just enjoy the scenery. If you have anything that has a little bit of clearance you will have no issues with this Trail.
Trail Review: San Lorenzo Canyon - Anthony armijo
Trail Review: San Lorenzo Canyon - Anthony armijo
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Scott Mitchell
Official Crew
12150
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/16/2018

This is a great trail if you're looking for an easy drive through a scenic area. Lots of opportunities along the way to hike, picnic, photograph, or explore.

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