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Chupadera Wilderness Trail

This long-distance trail offers hikers a wide range of experiences beginning at the trailhead in Chihuahuan Desert Scrub, traversing desert grasslands, and passing through several life zones before ending at the highest point on the 57,191 acre refuge with a 360 degree view of several features of central New Mexico.

photo: Heading west toward the red canyon. Photo by Pam Riches.

Length: 9.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, At Bosque del Apache NWR south of Socorro.

State(s): New Mexico
Counties: Socorro
Longitude: -106.89149
Latitude: 33.82243

Driving Directions

From the north (Socorro, NM), drive south on I-25 to exit 139 (San Antonio), go east 0.25 miles on US 380 to the flashing signal at the village of San Antonio, turn right onto Old Highway 1, and drive south nine miles to the Visitor Center (on right).

From the south (Las Cruces, NM), drive north on I-25 to exit 124 (San Marcial), go east on the dirt road 1.5 miles, then north on Old Highway 1 to the visitor center (on left).

Description


This trail was traveled by a
NRT Ambassador on 02/17/2020.

This long-distance trail offers hikers a wide range of experiences beginning at the trailhead in Chihuahuan Desert Scrub, traversing desert grasslands, and passing through several life zones before ending at the highest point on the 57,191 acre refuge with a 360 degree view of several features of central New Mexico. Elephant Butte Reservoir, The Magdalena Mountains, Ladrone Mountain, Sandia Mountains, Manzano Mountains, Oscura Mountains, San Andreas Mountains and other features too numerous to be mentioned can be viewed in the panoramic view. Tracks of javelina, mule deer, rattlesnakes and an occasional cougar may be found on the wilderness trail. Cactus and other wildflowers bloom in season. The canyon is a special geological formation of ancient volcanic activity. For much of its length, this trail traverses the Chupadera Wilderness area of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Gravel
Secondary Surface: Sand

Maximum Grade: 35%
Elevation Low Point: 4,741
Elevation High Point: 6,242
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 1,823 feet

Year Designated:
2008

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: American Trails Featured NRT
Website: USFWS Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Deb Williams
Refuge Manager
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 280
San Antonio, NM 87832
(575) 835-1828 ext. 233
[email protected]
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/bosque_del_apache/

Trail Management:
Chris Leeser
Park Ranger
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 280
San Antonio, NM 87832
(575) 835-1828 ext. 226
[email protected]
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/bosque_del_apache/

 

Photos

Trailhead. Photo by Pam Riches.

Trailhead. Photo by Pam Riches.

Parking Area. Photo by Pam Riches.

Parking Area. Photo by Pam Riches.

 

Tunnel under I-25. Photo by Pam Riches.

Tunnel under I-25. Photo by Pam Riches.

Heading west toward the red canyon. Photo by Pam Riches.

Heading west toward the red canyon. Photo by Pam Riches.

 

Summit looking east. Photo by Pam Riches.

Summit looking east. Photo by Pam Riches.

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