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Rancho de Rio Grande Trail #18

 3.0 (1)

6.2 Miles 9.9 Kilometers


Doubletrack

607' 185 m

Ascent

-218' -66 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

7,523' 2,293 m

High

7,100' 2,164 m

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Fun, scenic, excellent workout.

David Kriegshauser

Dogs Unknown

Features -none-

Family Friendly The trail is primarily doubletrack in the forest.

Description

Drive east on HWY 518 from HWY 64 towards Talpa and Pot Creek. Just past the town of Talpa, watch for a sign that says "Rio Grande del Rancho Trail 18". Park in a pull-off here.

Cross the road and find the obvious start of the trail. The first 1/3 mile is really steep and loose. Deal with that challenge and the rest of the trail will be quite easy in comparison. Follow the faded doubletrack south as it contours the foothills above HWY 518 and the Pot Creek Historical Cultural Site.

After about five miles, you get off of Trail 18 and onto a dirt road in a meadow. You can follow this dirt road over a river and hit HWY 518 at the 6.5-mile point or you can just make a u-turn and head back the way you came.

If you choose to go to HWY 518, you can back track on dirt the way you came, or take the highway back to your parking spot. This trail also makes a nice shuttle option if you don't want to ride 10 to 13 miles.

Note: Pot Creek Cultural Site is worth a visit! It was home to the ancestors of the modern day Pueblo tribes before it was abandoned in about 1320 AD. Please remember to treat this area with respect, and do not touch or move any artifacts in addition to practicing other Leave No Trace principles.

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