Pipeline Road

Escondida, New Mexico (Socorro County)

Last Updated: 03/31/2019
3 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.17 miles
Highest Elevation: 5084 feet
Duration: About 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Escondida
Nearest Town w/ Services: Lemitar
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Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Socorro Field Office


Highlight: Pipeline Road
Located in the northeast corner of the BLM-administered Gordy's Hill OHV Area, Pipeline Road is a handy little connector that can get you between the upper end of the Arroyo de la Parida and a maintained county dirt road, Johnson Hill Road. It's a scenic and easy drive through the New Mexico desert, and it provides a way to get back to pavement more quickly than wheeling the length of the arroyo or traversing the various 4WD trails leading back to the Quebradas Backcountry Byway. The Quebradas/Gordy's Hill OHV Area offers diverse recreation opportunities including many trails that traverse deeply dissected canyons, high sandstone and limestone bluffs, terraces, and escarpments. On the higher ridges of the Coyote Hills, there are scenic views of the Rio Grande Valley to the west. There are a variety of 4WD trails here, offering challenges for all experience levels.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
On the north bank of the Arroyo de la Parida, approximately 0.25 from its east end, is a break in the vegetation and a trail leading up the bank. This trailhead is easy to miss if you're not looking for it.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Escondida

Take Exit 152 (Escondida Exit) off of I-25, and follow the east frontage road north to Escondido Lake. Head east 0.8 miles, passing over the Rio Grande River. At Pueblito, turn left onto Johnson Hill Road (dirt road) and head north/northeast for about 1 mile to the Arroyo de la Parida trail. The trailhead for Pipeline Road is 5.6 miles east, up the arroyo, on the left (north) side.



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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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