Arroyo de los Pinos Loop

Escondida, New Mexico (Socorro County)

Last Updated: 01/29/2022
5 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Highlight: Arroyo de los Pinos Loop
The Arroyo de Los Pinos Loop is a quick, scenic departure off of the Quebradas Backcountry Byway that will take you within 100 yards or so of the Ojo de Amado Spring, and it provides access to numerous offroading possibilities in the area with varying degrees of difficulty. Driving from the Quebradas road to the arroyo floor (approximately 300 feet below) provides opportunities to take in beautiful panoramic vistas of the region and surrounding mountain ranges. The Quebradas road crosses several arroyos which drain into the Rio Grande and erosion here has created breathtaking and scenic geological settings such as those in the Arroyo de Los Pinos. As one traverses the trail down into the arroyo, the color of the rock and earth are impossible to miss. The red color of these rocks results from the presence of small amounts of iron in the form of hematite, the same mineral that gives the planet Mars its red hue. Moving through the arroyo, bands of red and yellow sandstone, red and purple shale, and white to gray limestone are all exposed. Arroyo de Los Pinos Loop is one of many trails along the Quebradas Backcountry Byway, which divides the 6,000-acre Gordy’s Hill Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area from west to east and provides excellent opportunities for offroad driving, offering challenges for all experience levels and your offroad vehicle’s capabilities.


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1. West Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is a clear right turn off of the Quebradas road at 2.6 miles east of the paved Bosquecito Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Escondida

From Interstate 25, take Exit 252, Escondida, east. 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, follow the pavement right and head south for about 1 mile to the beginning of the Quebradas Backcountry Byway (County Road A-152). Turn left (east) onto the Quebradas Backcountry Byway and follow the road 2.6 miles to the trailhead and large parking area which is on the right. On the south end of the parking area, the trail leading down into the arroyo is on the right (southwest corner).



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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Scott Mitchell, My vehicle is very similar to the Tundra pictured in the photos of the Arroyo de los Pinos Loop. I am wondering what modifications have been made to that vehicle concerning clearance - tires, lift, suspension, etc. Alex
–Alex (07/23/2018)
–Scott Mitchell (07/24/2018)

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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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