3005 E. Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061
- 8.5 miles
- 7 - 8 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 6700 feet
- Elevation Range:
- 6700 feet to 9200 feet
- Elevation Change:
- 2500 feet
- Spring to Fall
The Tadpole Ridge trail traverses 8.5 miles of mixed conifer forests at elevations of over 8500 feet. The trail is a popular route for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers due to its proximity to Silver City and the fact that the trailhead is accessed by a paved road (NM Hwy, 15). The trail is maintained yearly, but old forest fires along the route continue to plague the trail with blowdown and erosion. It is recommended that visitors use a map when exploring this trail.
High elevations close to Silver City.
Stock users may want to take an axe or saw on the trip to cut out obstructions.
There is space for about six vehicles at the Tadpole Ridge Trailhead. Visitors with large stock trailers are recommended to use the overflow parking 200 yards up the road.
Silver City is the closest town. Gas, food, and lodging are available
No water is available. It is advisable to carry your own.
Travelers should take a topographic map, compass, and extra warm clothes. This trail is long and steep and could be difficult for some visitors. Please know your limits.
Map + Directions
Travel north out of Silver City on NM Hwy. 15 approximately 15 miles. The trailhead is on the west side of the road, and is marked by a sign.