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Two women over looking the valley on a rest from hiking.
 

Hike Routes and Descriptions

Free Hikes


Coyote Call Hike - Free
La Jara Hike - Free
Valle Grande Hike - Free
Valle Pond Hike - Free

Backcountry Hikes


Alamo Canyon Hike
Cerros del Abrigo Hike
Cerro Seco Hike
Jaramillo Hike
La Garita Hike
Redondito Hike
Redondo Canyon Overlook (Mirror Lake) Hike
Redondo Border Hike
Rito de los Indios Hike
San Antonio Mountain Hike
South Mountain Hike


Valle Grande Hike

This hike begins off State Highway 4 near mile marker 43. The trailhead is opposite the parking area. Please use caution crossing the road. This trail winds through the forest and opens onto the southeast corner of the Valle Grande. Approach the Valle Grande quietly and you may see an elk herd up close. The trail offers a unique opportunity to hike into the quiet end of the Valle.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: Approximately 450 ft.
Distance: Approximately 2 miles
Cost: No charge
Dates and Times: Daylight hours year round except when closed for resource protection
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Coyote Call Hike

This hike begins off State Highway 4 near mile marker 41. The trailhead is at the parking area. The trail parallels Highway 4 offering spectacular views across the Valle Grande to the north rim of the caldera. A wonderfully scenic hike!

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: Approximately 250 ft.
Distance: Approximately 3.5 mile loop
Cost: No charge
Dates and Times: Daylight hours year round except when closed for resource protection
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La Jara Hike

This self-interpretive hike begins at the Valle Grande Staging Area. From the staging area, the trail begins near a prairie dog town and traverses through the open grassy meadow of the Valle Grande around the base of La Jara. This is a great short hike that gives you a 360-degree view of the Valle Grande.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: Approximately 50 ft.
Distance: Approximately 1.5 miles
Cost: $5/person (no discounts for seniors or youth 6-15 years); Free for youths 0-5 yrs
Available Dates: Available 7-days a week when the Preserve is open. Exception may be during special events. Please check the web calendar for dates.
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South Mountain Hike

This hike has two beginning points depending on the day of the week. On Tuesdays through Thursdays the hike begins at the Valle Grande Staging Area. From the staging area, the trail travels along the VC01 and VC02 roads through the southwestern edge of the Valle Grande. As hikers begin their ascent up South Mountain, they have a myriad of trail choices. South Mountain is an “out and back” hike since there are no loop options at this time. On Fridays through Mondays, the shuttle is available and will save you approximately 2 miles of hiking on the road.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1,000 ft.
Distance: Approximately 8 miles
Cost: Tuesdays-Thursdays $5/person Mon-Thurs (no discounts for seniors or youth 6-15 years); Free for youths 0-5 yrs. Hikers can pay an additional $5/person if they wish to be transported to/from the intersection of VC01 and VC02. Fridays-Mondays (fee includes shuttle service) $10 /adult; $8/ senior (62 yrs and over); $5/ youth (6-15 yrs); free for youths 0-5 yrs
Shuttle Service: via the North Rim Shuttle on Fridays-Mondays only.
Available Dates: Available 7-days a week when the Preserve is open. Exception may be during special events and the hunting season (September to October). Please check the web calendar for dates.
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(trail begins at Valle Grande staging area)
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(trail begins at North Rim shuttle stop 1)
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Valle Pond Hike

This self-interpretive hike begins at the Valle Grande Staging Area. From the staging area, the trail begins near the livestock corrals and traverses through the open grassy meadow of the Valle Grande to a man-made stock pond and earthen dam. This is a great short hike that lets you experience the solitude of being in the middle of the Valle Grande.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: Approximately 50 ft.
Distance: Approximately 1 mile
Cost: $5/person (no discounts for seniors or youth 6-15 years); Free for youths 0-5 yrs
Available Dates: Available 7-days a week when the Preserve is open. Exception may be during special events. Please check the web calendar for dates.
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Redondito Hike

This out and back hike travels along the Preserve’s road VC0301 and offers some exceptional views of the north rim and northern valleys. The trails skirts just below the rise known as Redondito. (For safety and administrative reasons access to the top of Redondito is prohibited.)

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1,300 ft.
Distance: Approximately 8 miles one way; (The distance could be more or less depending on where you turn around.)
Cost: $10 /adult; $8/ senior (62 yrs and over); $5/ youth (6-15 yrs); free for youths 0-5 yrs
Shuttle Service: via the North Rim Shuttle or via the Alamo Shuttle (Please note that there is no shuttle service between the two staging areas.)
Available Dates: Most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Exception may be during special events and the hunting season (September to October). Please check the web calendar for dates.
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Jaramillo Hike

This out and back hike travels along the Preserve’s road VC03 and offers some exceptional views throughout Jaramillo Valley.

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (depending on which shuttle you take and where you turn around)
Elevation Gain: Approximately 800 ft.
Distance: Approximately 6 miles, one way (distance could be more or less depending on where you turn around)
Cost: $10 /adult; $8/ senior (62 yrs and over); $5/ youth (6-15 yrs); free for youths 0-5 yrs
Shuttle Service: via the North Rim Shuttle or via the Alamo Shuttle (Please note that there is no shuttle service between the two staging areas.)
Available Dates: Not available in May-June for administrative purposes. Available in July-August, most Fridays thru Mondays, July to September. Exception may be during special events and the hunting season (September). Please check the web calendar for dates.
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Cerros del Abrigo Hike

This looped hike circumnavigates Cerros del Abrigo, an eruptive dome located in the center of the Preserve. On this trail, you will discover scenic views of the Valle Grande, Valle Jaramillo, Valle Toledo and the Valle San Antonio.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: Approximately 700 ft.
Distance: Approximately 7 miles
Cost: $10 /adult; $8/ senior (62 yrs and over); $5/ youth (6-15 yrs); free for youths 0-5 yrs
Shuttle Service: via the North Rim Shuttle
Available Dates: Most Fridays thru Mondays, mid-May to September. Exception may be during special events and the hunting season (September). Please check the web calendar for dates.
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La Garita Hike

This out and back steep trail takes you along an old logging road to the north boundary of the Preserve at the rim of the caldera. The views from the top of this trail make the climb well worth the effort. Enjoy the feeling that you are at the top of the world.

Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1,800 ft.
Distance: Approximately 7.5 miles
Cost: $10 /adult; $8/ senior (62 yrs and over); $5/ youth (6-15 yrs); Free for youths 0-5 yrs
Shuttle Service: via the North Rim Shuttle
Available Dates: Most Fridays thru Mondays, mid-May to September. Exception may be during special events and the hunting season (September). Please check the web calendar for dates.
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Rito de los Indios Hike

This out and back trail takes you along a stream, Rito de los Indios, on an old logging road to the north boundary of the Preserve at the rim of the caldera. Travel back in time as you discover an old cabin. (For safety and administrative reasons, access into the cabin is prohibited.)

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: Approximately 900 ft.
Distance: Approximately 8 miles
Cost: $10 /adult; $8/ senior (62 yrs and over); $5/ youth (6-15 yrs); Free for youths 0-5 yrs
Shuttle Service: via the North Rim Shuttle
Available Dates: Most Fridays thru Mondays, mid-May to September. Exception may be during special events and the hunting season (September). Please check the web calendar for dates.
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Redondo Canyon Overlook (Mirror Lake) Hike

This out and back trail takes you on an easy meander that ends at Mirror Lake—a perfect spot for a picnic.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: Approximately 200 ft.
Distance: Approximately 3.25 miles
Cost: $10 /adult; $8/ senior (62 yrs and over); $5/ youth (6-15 yrs); Free for youths 0-5 yrs
Shuttle Service: via the Alamo Shuttle
Available Dates: Most Fridays thru Mondays, mid-May to September. Exception may be during special events and the hunting season (September).Please check the web calendar for dates.
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Redondo Border Hike

This out and back trail takes you up the ridge on Redondo Border with breath taking glimpses of San Diego Canyon.

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: Approximately 320 ft.
Distance: Approximately 6.5 miles
Cost: $10 /adult; $8/ senior (62 yrs and over); $5/ youth (6-15 yrs); Free for youths 0-5 yrs
Shuttle Service: via the Alamo Shuttle
Available Dates: Most Fridays thru Mondays, mid-May to September. Exception may be during special events and the hunting season (September).Please check the web calendar for dates.
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Alamo Canyon Hike

This trail begins and ends at two different stops along the Alamo Shuttle route, so you can travel one-way or out and back. Along this route you will travel alongside wetlands called fens and through aspen stands, which light up in the fall with their golden leaves.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1,000 ft.
Distance: Approximately 3 miles one way.
Cost: $10 /adult; $8/ senior (62 yrs and over); $5/ youth (6-15 yrs); Free for youths 0-5 yrs
Shuttle Service: via the Alamo Shuttle
Available Dates: Most Fridays thru Mondays, mid-May to September. Exception may be during special events and the hunting season (September). Please check the web calendar for dates.
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San Antonio Mountain Hike

This out and back trail takes you up San Antonio Mountain to the western edge of the Preserve. You will wander in and out of tall pines and aspens on an old two-track logging road. Enjoy the solitude and the feeling that you are far, far away from civilization.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1,000 ft.
Distance: Approximately 7 miles
Cost: $10 /adult; $8/ senior (62 yrs and over); $5/ youth (6-15 yrs); Free for youths 0-5 yrs
Shuttle Service: via the Alamo Shuttle
Available Dates: Most Fridays thru Mondays, mid-May to September. Exception may be during special events and the hunting season (September). Please check the web calendar for dates.
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Cerro Seco Hike

The Cerro Seco looped trail offers gorgeous views of the Valle San Antonio. You will wander in and out of tall pines and aspens on an old two-track logging road. Enjoy the solitude and the feeling that you are far, far away from civilization.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: Approximately 750 ft.
Distance: Approximately 7 miles
Cost: $10 /adult; $8/ senior (62 yrs and over); $5/ youth (6-15 yrs); Free for youths 0-5 yrs
Shuttle Service: via the Alamo Shuttle
Available Dates: Most Fridays thru Mondays, mid-May to September. Exception may be during special events and the hunting season (September). Please check the web calendar for dates.
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