“An extension to the Cerrillos Del Coyote Trail for more adventurous souls.
— Rob Selina
A series of old mining roads, a granite slot canyon, and a section of an arroyo connect to make this loop.
Since the construction of the Cerrillos Del Coyote XC loop, it is best ridden as an extension to the loop for those who want a little more mileage and are interested in exploring the area.
Not recommended when daytime temperatures are in the 30s since the Box Canyon will be iced over in spots.
Need to Know
Route finding can be tricky without a guide or GPS track. Plan accordingly. Make sure you download the most up to date data on the MTB Project mobile app
This ride starts at the top of the Quebradas Hogback Trail
. if you take this, it adds a total of 4.5 miles, but this ride specifically includes a technical down climb in a slot canyon and riding in an unimproved arroyo, so expect to move at a slow pace.
The trail is typically ridden in a counter-clockwise loop. You'll first pass a gate on to the 4 Hills Ranch. Please close the gate regardless of its condition as you approached it.
At the road fork for the return route you'll see a barite mine to your left with scattered structures to your right. The trail continues up the two-track heading south.
After approximately 1.5 miles, there will be a steep descent. Given the extent of the erosion on this section of road, some caution is recommended.
Shortly after the descent a granite slot canyon (Box Canyon) appears on your right. Drop down the wash towards the slot canyon.
Note - the slot canyon is a fairly technical hike approximately 100 yards long. It is easiest to navigate with at least one extra rider so that you can pass bikes off to one and other. This canyon also features sport climbing routes.
At the mouth of the canyon you'll proceed down the arroyo for approximately 1 mile. The first 1/4 mile is the most technical section, with large river rocks that change each rain. Channel your inner trials rider.
If the river forks, stay to the right (typically a rockier route) and watch for a sandy wash approaching at a 90-degree angle. Tire tracks are frequently visible in the wash as it connects to a two-track.
Proceed up the sandy-wash to the two-track which will return you to the barite mine.
History & Background
Originally featured as a stand-alone ride in the Socorro Country Fat Tire Trail Book.