Minas Del Chupadero

5/5 (3 reviews)
Escondida, New Mexico (Socorro County)
Last Updated: 11/16/2021
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Highlights

The Minas Del Chupadero (Chupadero Mines) trail is a ruggedly beautiful two-mile trek into the Chihuahuan Desert Scrub of the Quebradas (breaks). The trail crosses multiple arroyos that drain into the Rio Grande River and erosion here has created not only breathtaking and scenic geological exposures, but also some excellent 4WD opportunities. Under BLM purvey, the Quebradas area has many recreational uses including 4WD, OHV, equestrian and bicycle riding, camping, hiking, and photography. There are two nearby wildlife refuges, the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to the south and the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge to the north, as well as multiple wilderness observation areas along the Quebradas Backcountry Byway. The Magdalena Mountains, Ladrone Mountain, Sandia Mountains, Manzano Mountains, Oscura Mountains, San Andreas Mountains and other features too numerous to list can be seen in the panoramic views from this trail.

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Trail Reviews

5/5 (3 reviews)
Scott Mitchell
Official Crew
12150
Status: Open
Visited: 11/16/2021

Heavy rains in 2021 have really changed the area trails. Some points are now harder and some are easier. Lots of vegetation in the arroyo floors and more exposed boulders than usual in many places. Fabulous, sunny weather in the 70's with no wind on this trip. Conditions in late fall really are ideal for the Quebradas area.
Scott Mitchell
Official Crew
12150
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/07/2019

So many great trails in this area! This trail is perfect for a newer 4W-driver that wants to move it up a notch on the technical scale.
Trail Review: Minas Del Chupadero - Scott Mitchell
Trail Review: Minas Del Chupadero - Scott Mitchell
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Scott Mitchell
Official Crew
12150
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/22/2018

We had a great time exploring the old mine adit and seeing the green, copper-laden rock that had come from the mine. We got a full size truck with a lift out and back but high clearance is a must. Well worth the trip.
Trail Review: Minas Del Chupadero - Scott Mitchell
Trail Review: Minas Del Chupadero - Scott Mitchell
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