Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Diablo Canyon Hike
In Santa Fe Region

Hike Id H10321
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:42.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 6.3
Minimum Elevation 5470
Elevation Gain 530
Total Uphill 620
Total Downhill 620
Avg Grade 7 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 150
Drive Time Oneway 1:20
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (3.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 6C
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights Walk through an interesting notch which shows prominent uplift contours. Then on a floodplain to the Rio Grande and a peasant place to watch the water rush by.

Cautions Some of the terrain is sandy.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque go north on I-25 for 47 miles to Exit 276, known as the Relief Route (NM 599). Go 9.5 miles to the Camino La Tierra/Las Campanas Exit. Travel northwest on the main road for 4.7 miles then bear right onto the gravel road called OLD BUCKMAN ROAD. This dirt road is easy to miss, then go 7.3 miles, you'll see the "notch" in the Canyon, turn left into parking area and PARK(0.0 mi).

Actual Hike The trail begins SW of the parking area in the adjacent arroyo. Follow the fence line west until you reach a barbed-wire gate. If it is closed, be sure to close it behind you. Once in the arroyo, follow the meandering dry river bed through the canyon and admire the beautiful rock walls. The canyon opens up to a wide dry river bed and remains like this for 3 miles to the Rio Grande RIVER (3.1 mi). This is a great place to have lunch. Return to parking area the way you came.

Comments Do not take the track literally when going through the notch as satellite reception is poor in the notch. Stay in the bottom of the notch.

© DeLorme. Topo North America ™ 9

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PARK: N 35 48.262, W 106 08.170
RIVER: N 35 50.101, W 106 09.888

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Text Author Cindy McConnell
Map Author Cindy McConnell
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Track Author Cindy McConnell
Maintainer Cindy McConnell