I did a lovely little one nighter in a Santa Fe National Forest parcel near El Cerrito, NM. Would be good for up to 2, maybe 3 nights. No trails, just lonely 2 track and cow paths and some full off trail. Most of it was typical New Mexico; the canyon of the Pecos River was super beautiful.

I did the “shorter trip” at this CalTopo:


Taking my kids in the near future weather allowing! We’ll do an out and back on the eastern half of the loop to skip the off trail.

Seen: about 30 cows, 0 people, 0 vehicles. The cows weren’t overwhelming like they are some places. It was actually fun to see them!

2 hours from Albuquerque. Best weather in spring or fall. Can be super windy – edge of Great Plains.