San Lorenzo Canyon

Lemitar, New Mexico (Socorro County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2019
5 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Highlight: San Lorenzo Canyon
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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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
This is where the west frontage road along I-25 ends in a "Y" with a dirt road to the left and a highway underpass to the right. There is room here to gather your group and stage your vehicle. The directional sign for San Lorenzo Canyon is clear. Bear left across the cattle guard and head west on the dirt road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Lemitar

From Interstate 25, take Exit 156 west at Lemitar, NM. On the west side of I-25, turn right and drive north on Frontage Road 2046 for approximately 5 miles, then turn left on to a well-maintained dirt road. Head west and follow signs to San Lorenzo Canyon.



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Scott Mitchell

Mapping Crew - New Mexico

Scott Mitchell is a Personal Defense and Defensive Tactics Instructor in Albuquerque. A New Mexico native, Scott lives in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, adjacent to the Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area in the Cibola National Forest. Scott likes to get out at every opportunity to explore his state's off-road trails. As a Trailsoffroad contributor, his goal is to find and share as much reliable information as possible to help others navigate and enjoy the great New Mexico outdoors.
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