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Borrego Mesa Trail No. 150 - Part 2

Contact Info
Santa Fe National Forest
1710 N. Riverside Drive
Española, NM 87532

Phone:
505-753-7331
Basics
Length:
13 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
9 - 10 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8000 feet
Elevation Range:
8000 feet to 9350 feet
Elevation Change:
1350 feet
Usage:
Light
Season:
Year Round

Description

From Ranch Viejo, cross to the northwest side of the Rio Capulin and look for the trail heading up Cañada Vaca. The area is appropriately named as the Spanish translation means Cow Canyon. The trail may not be obvious for the first half mile due to the open grassy meadows around Rancho Viejo. Continue north up the canyon. As it narrows, the trail tread soon becomes more evident. At the top of the pass there is a fence and a gate, and then the trail begins the descent down Cañon del Oso (Spanish: Bear Canyon) to the Rio Frijoles.

At this point, cross to the north side of the river, proceed upstream for a few hundred yards and look for the trail heading north up the hillside. The Borrego Trail climbs up to another pass above Agua Sarca Canyon and then descends in to the Rito Gallina Canyon. Little or no water may be encountered until the junction with Trail 156 and the Rito Con Agua. Here the trail levels off quite a bit and descends gradually to the Rio Medio. This river is quite substantial at this point. It originated at the base of South Truchas Peak about 10 miles to the east and has accumulated the runoff from many side canyons along the way. After crossing to the north side of the Rio Medio, there is only a short climb out of the canyon to Borrego Mesa.

Tour Companies

  • Santa Fe Area
  • Snowshoeing, Hiking
  • 505-660-0394

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing From alpine to desert, Outspire guides enrich your experience by giving context to your hike. So that your destination is not only what you see, but a sense of where the area fits in New Mexico's history, geology and natural world. Our hiking guides are experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated to share the joy of being outside! Day hikes and winter snowshoe outings are planned to suit your interests and fitness.

Details

Length:
13 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
9 - 10 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8000
Elevation Range:
8000 feet to 9350
Elevation Change:
1350
Usage:
Light
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Sierra Mosca and Aspen Basin, and Pecos Wilderness Map
Additional Details:

There are no facilities available at this site.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Rancho Viejo can be approached from several directions. The most direct access is from the Santa Fe Ski Basin or Aspen Ranch (see Borrego Trail 150). The trail can also be approached from the north end by way of Borrego Mesa.


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