Riley Ghost Town Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,019' 311 m
Descent: -1,031' -314 m
High: 6,148' 1,874 m
Low: 5,494' 1,674 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“This is a loop that incorporates the small town of Riley and regional two-track roads, some of which are underused.”— Sarah Councell
This area is beautiful and remote. The small hamlet of Riley, a friendly ranching community, has a ghost town and historic cemetery. The Rio Salado runs through Riley, and there are well-used and remote two-track roads, making for some classic exploration.
From the spring, head up then downhill on old 4x4 roads like FS CR12C, FS CR12B and FS CR12A. Follow the 4x4 roads through rolling terrain - this may be hard to decipher so make sure to bring the GPX or MTB Project mobile app.
Around the 10.5-mile mark, meet up with another two-track at Canon del Alamito. Take a right/head northeast passing the Alamito well and eventually hitting the Rio Salado via a well-defined dirt road. Cross over the Salado a couple times and head off the main road to explore the ghost town.
Finally, rejoin FSR 354 and climb out of the Salado valley. Follow 354 back up to the start of the loop.
farms. It was granted a post office in 1890 under the name of "Riley." Deposits of coal and manganese were found nearby and in 1897 the population was estimated to be 150. The mines closed and the water table dropped and the post office was closed in 1931." -- Ray Kessler (ghosttowns.com)
There are currently about 5 homesites in Riley.
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Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office