Bad Hair Day

Escondida, New Mexico (Socorro County)

Last Updated: 01/30/2021
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Highlight: Bad Hair Day
The BLM-administered areas of the Quebradas have 4WD trails ranging in difficulty from "mild to wild." Known to local offroaders as a test of driver and vehicle alike, Bad Hair Day is one of a handful of trails on the wild end of the scale that can be conquered without a purpose-built rock crawling rig or buggy, and it is a lot of fun to tackle! Getting to this trail takes you well into the ruggedly beautiful badlands of the Quebradas. About 1.5 miles off of the Quebradas Backcountry Byway, portions of two other trails are traversed in order to reach this trail. A popular destination for offroad enthusiasts, one can easily plan a full day or multiple days of wheeling in this area, which is part of the 6,000-acre Gordy’s Hill Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area.


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1. Trailhead - West End (0 mi)
About midpoint on Hidden Valley Loop, the trailhead lies on the east side of the trail and leads east, up into the hills.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Escondida

Note: Refer to the Nearby Trails tab on the map above as you will traverse parts of three trails to get to this one. From I-25: Take Exit 252 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 proceed 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 2.9 miles to BLM Stop 1, which is clearly marked. Going south into BLM Stop 1 you'll see a couple of small parking/staging areas to your left where you can air down and prep. Stay left as you go into the arroyo, taking the East Trailhead of Arroyo de Los Pinos Loop, driving 0.6 miles west into the arroyo to reach the trailhead for Hidden Valley Loop. The Bad Hair Day trailhead is approximately 0.7 miles (waypoint 7) on the Hidden Valley trail.



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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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