Edge Canyon

Escondida, New Mexico (Socorro County)

Last Updated: 01/29/2022
4.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Highlight: Edge Canyon
The Edge Canyon Trail starts off from the Quebradas Backcountry Byway near Socorro, NM, where it meets one of several major arroyos in the Quebradas area, Arroyo de Los Pinos. With options in degrees of difficulty along the way, this trail provides challenges for any level of driver but no need to worry - the extreme sections can be bypassed. A rarity in this desert area, many old trees exist at the end of the trail providing a beautiful place to enjoy the beauty of the area. The Quebradas Backcountry Byway bisects the 6,000-acre Gordy’s Hill Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area. The lands here provide many recreational opportunities including offroad driving challenges for all experience levels and vehicle capabilities.


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There are​ a concrete apron and a stone levee where the Quebradas Backcountry Byway intersects with Arroyo de Los Pinos. Turn left (east) into the arroyo here to stage and air down. Take the path to the right (south) to start the Edge Canyon trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Escondida, New Mexico

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 4.9 miles where the Byway crosses a large arroyo reinforced a with concrete spillway and volcanic rock levee. Turn left (east) into the arroyo for staging/air-down. Keeping right from this point forward puts you on the 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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