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Rio Bonito Petroglyph

Hike the Petroglyph Trail along the Rio Bonito and glimpse into the past. At the midpoint of the Trail, in the river bed, is Petroglyph Rock. Etched on this rock are depictions of an ancient people known as the Jornada Mogollon who have long since left the area. Very little evidence has stood the test of time, but here on the Petroglyph Trail remains a link to the culture and lifestyle of these ancient people.

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Length: 2.15 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Backcountry
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: At Ft. Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area, 10 miles north of Ruidoso.
State(s): New Mexico
Counties: Lincoln County
Longitude: -105.573810
Latitude: 33.470859

Driving Directions

The Trail can be reached from NM 220, west of the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport. Follow the highway signs stating “Upper Rio Bonito” to the bottom of the hill and turn left for approximately one mile until you reach the trailhead (high-clearance vehicles are recommended). The loop trail is approximately 2.1 miles in total length and is easy-to-moderate hiking with a few hills and areas with loose footing. Plan to spend approximately one hour on the Trail.

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Hike the Petroglyph Trail along the Rio Bonito and glimpse into the past. At the midpoint of the Trail, in the river bed, is Petroglyph Rock. Etched on this rock are depictions of an ancient people known as the Jornada Mogollon who have long since left the area. Very little evidence has stood the test of time, but here on the Petroglyph Trail remains a link to the culture and lifestyle of these ancient people.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Rock, smooth

Maximum Grade: 34%
Elevation Low Point: 6,425
Elevation High Point: 6,526
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 331 feet

Year Designated:
1992

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.

Park Ranger:
Bureau of Land Management Roswell Field Office
2909 West Second St.
Roswell, NM 88201 -2019
(505) 627-0272

 

Photos

 Photo by Pam Riches.

Photo by Pam Riches.

Upper Rio Bonito parking area. Photo by Pam Riches.

Upper Rio Bonito parking area. Photo by Pam Riches.

 

The trail along the Rio Bonito. Photo by Pam Riches.

The trail along the Rio Bonito. Photo by Pam Riches.

Petroglyph rock, hard to see the petroglyphs. Photo by Pam Riches.

Petroglyph rock, hard to see the petroglyphs. Photo by Pam Riches.

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