Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Valles Caldera - Coyote Call to Rabbit Ridge Hike
In Jemez Mountains Region

Hike Id H10444
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:40.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 6.4
Minimum Elevation 8724
Elevation Gain 890
Total Uphill 1320
Total Downhill 1320
Avg Grade 10 %
Route Type Messy
Drive Miles Round Trip 172
Drive Time Oneway 2:00
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
New Mexico Game Unit 6B
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Views of the Valles Caldera, grassy areas with flowers, and the possibility of seeing some elk.

Cautions In the Las Conchas burn scar.

Trailhead Directions Take I-25 North and exit on to Hwy 550. In San Ysidro, take Hwy 4 to Jemez Pueblo and Jemez Springs. Follow Hwy 4 at fork at La Cueva (stay right). The Valles Caldera Preserve is about 22 miles from Jemez Springs. Look for the Main Gate at Mile Marker 39.2. Continue on Highway 4 past the Main Gate another 1.6 mi to a small parking area on the right by a gate and PARK (0.0 mi).

Actual Hike The hike is a series of segments east or west parallel to the highway connected by short segments going north or south. Start from PARK going east then south uphill to the boundary with BANDELIER (1.4 mi). Go back north, then west to the junction with the trail to RABBIT (2.6 mi) Ridge. Go south, past the SIDE ROAD, then east again, then south to the TURN (3.8 mi) to go to the OVERLOOK (3.9 mi). This is a good place for lunch, with a view to the north of the Valles Caldera. Retrace your steps back to the SIDE ROAD (5.0 mi). Go up this road as far as you have time (we saw 4 elk there in June 2011). Go back to SIDE ROAD, then continue north to RABBIT and back to parking.

Comments This is a beautiful hike. There are views of the Valles Caldera, grassy areas with flowers, and the possibility of seeing some elk, especially if you take the little side road before you head back to the van.

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PARK: N35 50.896, W106 27.914
BANDELIER: N35 50.749, W106 26.883
RABBIT: N35 50.597, W106 27.843
SIDE ROAD: N35 50.499, W106 27.884
TURN: N35 50.739, W106 27.150
OVERLOOK: N35 50.778, W106 27.191

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GPX:WayTrack, 26May11, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

Text Author Marilyn Warrant
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Marilyn Warrant
Track Author Marilyn Warrant
Maintainer Cindy McConnell