Arroyo del Coyote

Escondida, New Mexico (Socorro County)

Last Updated: 01/26/2019
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.57 miles
Highest Elevation: 5059 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Escondida
Nearest Town w/ Services: Lemitar
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Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Socorro Field Office


Highlight: Arroyo del Coyote
Located in the Quebradas, an area known for its stunning variety of exposed geological features, Arroyo del Coyote is one of several paths into the Coyote Hills. The name Quebradas (Spanish for “breaks”), refers to the numerous arroyos, ravines and cliffs of this beautiful high desert region. This trail runs through a narrow, craggy section of arroyo then gently meanders uphill until it connects with Flagstone Road, one of the many 4WD trails in the area. Flora and fauna abound in this harsh, rugged, yet beautiful desert landscape. 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 rattlesnakes!


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Heading east on the Quebradas Backcountry Byway, at 1.7 miles you will arrive at the arroyo where it crosses the Byway. The trailhead is on the left (north). There is adequate room here to stage multiple vehicles.

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 travel east over the Rio Grande River. At Pueblito, a T-intersection, turn right and head south for about one mile to the beginning of the Quebradas Backcountry Byway (County Road A-152). Turn left (east) onto the Byway and travel 1.7 miles to the Arroyo del Coyote trailhead on the left.



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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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