Upper Arroyo de Los Pinos

Escondida, New Mexico (Socorro County)

Last Updated: 01/29/2022
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.12 miles
Highest Elevation: 5076 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Escondida
Nearest Town w/ Services: Lemitar
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Socorro Field Office


Highlight: Upper Arroyo de Los Pinos
One of several major arroyos in the Quebradas area, Arroyo de Los Pinos runs alongside the first six miles of the west end of the Quebradas Backcountry Byway near Socorro, NM. There are many trails along the Byway, which divides the 6,000-acre Gordy’s Hill Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area from west to east, providing offroad driving challenges for all experience levels and offroad vehicle capabilities. Upper Arroyo de Los Pinos is most notable for its increased technical difficulty in driving as compared to some of the other trails in the area. Moving through the arroyo is nonetheless scenic, as bands of red and yellow sandstone, red and purple shale, and white to gray limestone are all exposed in fascinating geological features. The Quebradas are located between two major protected wildlife areas, the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge to the north and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to the south.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
As you head south from the Byway, in just 0.2 mile you will reach a wide arroyo. Turning right (west) into the arroyo sets you upon the trail. Head west until you can go no further.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Escondida

From I-25: Take Exit 152 at Escondida, head east and 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). Turn left (east) onto the Byway and travel 4.3 miles to the parking/staging area on the left of the Byway. You will see the Minas Del Chupadero Trail 500 feet ahead on the right (south) side of the road. Head south on the Minas Del Chupadero Trail for 0.2 miles where you will reach the trailhead (a wide arroyo crossing). Turn right on to the trail (into the arroyo).



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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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