Quebradas Backcountry Byway

Escondida, New Mexico (Socorro County)

Last Updated: 11/16/2021
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 24.16 miles
Highest Elevation: 5187 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Escondida
Nearest Town w/ Services: Lemitar
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: BLM
District: Socorro Field Office


Highlight: Quebradas Backcountry Byway
The first thing an offroad enthusiast will notice upon starting along the 24-mile Quebradas Backcountry Byway is frequent evidence of adventure - tire tracks heading off the main route into arroyos, through ravines and canyons, up hills and out into the desert. So, in addition to amazing geological features and beautiful landscapes, there are countless opportunities to wheel at varying degrees of technical difficulty, making this area a 4WD paradise. The name Quebradas (Spanish for “breaks”), refers to the numerous arroyos, ravines and cliffs that the trail traverses. This area near Socorro, NM is home to many spectacular geologic exposures. Many of these geologic points of interest have been marked by the Bureau of Land Management with small signs along the way, and even more geology is available to those who venture farther from the road. Photography, rock hounding, hiking, camping, wildlife watching, hunting, cultural sightseeing and backcountry vehicle touring are some of the recreation opportunities available on these public lands. Driving this trail you'll pass through areas of convoluted badlands, narrow box canyons and near-vertical multi-colored, water-sculpted limestone, sandstone and granite cliffs. At certain times of day, you may see area wildlife including gray fox, mule deer, coyote, bobcat, porcupine, raccoon, ground squirrel, opossum, jackrabbit, cottontail and of course, always be on the lookout for a rattlesnake.


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1. North Trailhead (0 mi)
The north end of Quebradas Backcountry Byway. Head east and follow signs.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Escondida

North End Via I-25: Take Exit 252 at Escondida, turn left (east) and pass under the highway. Follow the east frontage road to the north, just over a mile to Escondida Lake. Turn right at the Escondida Lake sign and head east over the Rio Grande River. At Pueblito, a T-intersection, turn right and head south for about 1 mile to the beginning of the Quebradas Backcountry Byway (County Road A-152). South End Via NM 380: Take Exit 139 east at San Antonio for 11 miles. Turn left (north) on County Road A-129 and travel 3 miles. Follow signs and turn left onto Quebradas Backcountry Byway.



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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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