Upper Amado Canyon

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Escondida, New Mexico (Socorro County)
Last Updated: 11/16/2021

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Highlight: Upper Amado Canyon
Venturing out from the Quebradas Backcountry Byway via Arroyo de Los Pinos and Hidden Valley Loop, the Upper Amado Canyon trail takes you deep into the desert badlands of the Quebradas (Spanish for "breaks") near Socorro, NM. There is a feeling of intense solitude while wheeling this trail, where the only sounds are the rocks beneath your wheels, your vehicle, and the occasional flying insect. The arid desert landscape of the Quebradas is harsh yet beautiful, and it's teeming with life. Moving through the area, bands of red and yellow sandstone, red and purple shale, and white to gray limestone are all exposed in stunning geological features. There are many offroad trails along the Quebradas Backcountry Byway, which divides the 6,000-acre Gordy’s Hill Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area from north to south, providing offroad driving challenges for all experience levels and offroad vehicle capabilities. Upper Amado Canyon is part of a network of moderately technical/difficult 4WD trails concentrated in this section of the Quebradas that can be strung together for an awesome day of wheeling. If you enjoy the challenge of picking lines and a little rock crawling, you will like this trail!
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