Quebradas Back Country Byway
About the midpoint on the Quebradas Back Country Byway
The Quebradas Back Country Byway is between Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge on the east side of the Rio Grande near Socorro, New Mexico. This is 24 miles of unpaved road crossing a rugged and colorful landscape. The area includes the typical sparse vegetation of the upper Chihuahuan Desert and mountain ranges. Along the route you'll cross the Arroyo de la Presilla, Arroyo del Tajo and the Loma de las Canas. These are very colorful and scenic geological settings. You'll also pass through areas of convoluted badlands, narrow box canyons and near-vertical multi-colored, water-sculpted limestone, sandstone and granite cliffs. In some areas you might see gray fox, mule deer, coyote, bobcat, porcupine, raccoon, ground squirrel, oppossum, jackrabbit and cottontail.
To get to the Quebradas Back Country Byway: the south end of the back country byway starts 11 miles east of San Antonio where US 380 meets County Road A129. Turn north on CR A129 and follow the signs. To get to the north end of the byway take the Escondida exit off the I-25 and follow the east frontage road north to Escondido Lake. Then go east over the Rio Grande. At the T-intersection in Pueblito, go right for about 1 mile to the beginning of the byway. Once there, go east and follow the signs. The road is an annually maintained dirt road. A high clearance 4WD vehicle is recommended. When wet, the road may become impassable. The back country byway is open year round and there are no fees involved.
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Hiking in Arroyo del Tajo along the Quebradas Back Country Byway
Quebradas Back Country Byway area map
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