Granite Canyon

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Lemitar, New Mexico (Socorro County)
Last Updated: 02/28/2022

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Nestled in the hills around Amado Canyon, the Granite Canyon trail is a relatively quick and challenging way to get from Squeeze Canyon to Upper Amado Canyon and the southern end of the Chupadero Mine Road (Minas Del Chupadero). It is at the southernmost end of the 600-acre Gordy's Hill OHV Area, where it borders a protected wildlife observation area. This high desert region is known as the Quebradas, and it is home to dozens of 4WD trails as well as singletrack, hiking, and ATV trails. The area is adjacent to two wilderness study areas. There are two nearby wildlife refuges - the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to the south and the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge to the north. It is also home to innumerable and spectacular geologic exposures. Many of these geologic points of interest have been marked by the Bureau of Land Management with small signs along the nearby Quebradas Backcountry Byway. Geology is also available to those who venture from the trails on foot. Photography, rockhounding, hiking, camping, wildlife watching, hunting, cultural sightseeing, and backcountry vehicle touring are some of the recreation opportunities available on these public lands.
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