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Cave Creek Trail No. 188

Contact Info
Pecos, NM 87552

Phone:
505-757-6121
Basics
Length:
5 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
3 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8400 feet
Elevation Range:
8400 feet to 9720 feet
Elevation Change:
1320 feet
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round

Description

Hikers starting from Panchuela should cross the bridge and follow the trail up the creek. Horsemen should start from Cowles, ride the trail toward Panchuela, and cross the creek at the stock crossing. The trail goes up the creek to the junction of Cave Creek and Panchuela Creek. It is necessary to cross the stream and follow Cave Creek, the left fork. Do not continue straight up Panchuela Creek. About a quarter mile upstream from this crossing are the caves. Listen for the absence of the sound of the river to help locate these caves, since they were formed by the river flowing underground. After the caves, the trail continues up the canyon, followng the north bank of the river. The last mile of trail before the junction with Skyline Trail 251 is very steep and eroded.

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:
5 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
3 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8400
Elevation Range:
8400 feet to 9720
Elevation Change:
1320
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Cowles
Additional Details:

This trail is in the Pecos Wilderness. Motorized equipment and mechanized transportation, including mountain bikes, hunter carts, and chainsaws are prohibited.

Do not camp within 50 feet of the trail or stream. Use existing campsites and pack out all your trash.

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