Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Ghost Ranch - Box Canyon Hike
In Ghost Ranch Region

Hike Id H10452
Last Update 2019-09-02 15:14:57.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 4.0
Minimum Elevation 6400
Elevation Gain 500
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 240
Drive Time Oneway 2:15
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
New Mexico Game Unit 51

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque, take I-25 to Santa Fe, then US 84/285 to Espanola. Continue north on US 84/285 north, staying on US 84 when US 285 splits off about 5 mi from town. Continue about 35 miles through Abiquiu to the gravel road marked for the Ghost Ranch Presbyterian Center. Turn right and drive 1 mi to a road fork; follow the signs left to the office and ask for permission to hike the Box Canyon trail. Drive back to the fork, turn left, and continue slowly through the Center. About 1 mi from the office road turnoff, park in a large area just before a "No Vehicles Beyond This Point" sign.

Actual Hike Follow the road to Long House (by car if you wish). Continue past the Kitchen Mesa trail, the hogans and the upper irrigation pond. Follow trail signs up the canyon. At a small pool, cross the arroyo where the trail continues on the right bank and takes you over large rocks to the box of the canyon. For a shorter hike, turn back at the small pool. This hike follows a gently uphill grade from 6,400 to 6,900 feet.

Comments There may be a little scrambling at the end, so the rating is B rather than A. The trailhead directions are from 100 Hikes in New Mexico, by Craig Martin, hike 46-47. The hike information and the following are taken from the Ghost Ranch website. The Ghost Ranch Piedra Lumbre Education and Visitor Center, which houses exhibits on the geology, paleontology and archaeology of the region as well as exhibits on northern New Mexico culture, history and tradition, is about 1.5 mi beyond the Ghost Ranch Presbyterian Center. The Piedra Lumbre Visitor Center is generally open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed on Mondays. Fall hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is also a Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology. The museums are open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Text Author Diane Owens
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