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Backcountry Access Road (02)

Easy/Intermediate
 3.7 (3)

The primary forest road used to access the backcountry and trails in Valles Caldera National Preserve.


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20.8

Miles

33.5

KM

Doubletrack

9,108' 2,776 m

High

7,797' 2,376 m

Low

2,015' 614 m

Up

1,301' 397 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

This is easy forest (gravel) road with much of the road suitable for passenger cars (though you'd need a backcountry permit from the visitor center for vehicles, but not for bikes.)

You can use this road to make big loops both within and outside the preserve or to access some of the trails and camping areas within the preserve.

There is a great view of the Valle Grande on the segment between Entrance Road (01) and Valle Grande View Trail (0201). Sometimes elk can be seen in the valley. North of Valle Grande, the road winds in the grassy valleys among several peaks to the north side of the Preserve. West of Valle Grande, the road passes through forested areas and is generally more hilly.

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Sheriff Longmire's cabin. This location stood in for rural Absaroka, Wyoming in "Longmire", the long running fictional contemporary western crime series.
Aug 5, 2020 near Los Alamos, NM
On Rte. 02 heading northwest past Cerros Del Abbrigo on the right. Don't be fooled, those are storm clouds.
Aug 5, 2020 near Los Alamos, NM
Below Redondo Campground.
Aug 9, 2020 near Los Alamos, NM

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Aug 3, 2020
D Inoobinati
Mostly dry....til it wasn't. Pretty spectacular scenery. 12mi
Nov 24, 2017
Lost Justpastnowhere