Amaitista Ledges

 

The Amatista Ledges Trail is located about 5 miles West of Las Cruces.  To get to the trailhead, take I-25 North out of Las Cruces and exit at Dona Ana (SR 320, E. Thorpe Rd); turn left (West).  Turn right on SR 185, left on CR D052, and right on Rocky Acres Trail.  Air down anytime after hitting the dirt road (note: this is also the trailhead for the several other trails in this area).  Ranging in elevation from approximately 4,100 feet to 4,800 feet, the trail takes you down into some very rocky arroyos, with rocks as large as 18 inches to 24 inches in diameter.  There are also several steep ledges (ranging in 2 feet to 4 feet), which you must descend.  At waypoint AL14 is "The Bathtub", which gets it name from the approximately 4-foot deep crevice that fills up with water during the wet season.  It's highly recommended that you use a spotter to navigate the Bathtub!  Otherwise use the bypass to the right. The trail is only a little over 5 miles long and takes approximately 4 hours or so to complete.

Difficulty Rating:  Three (3) Hard
(based on my personal rating scale on the Trails Page)



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Here are a couple shots from the Amatista Ledges Trail. 
On the left, webejeepin down one of Amatista's numerous ledges. 
Thank goodness for gas tank skid plates and strong bumpers!!
On the right is New Mexico 4-Wheeler, Mark Wolfe, catching some air just before the "Bathtub".

           
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Waypoint: To: Distance Cumm. Dist. Bearing Lat Long
AL01         N32 22.35'

W106 52.22'

  AL02 0.20 mi 0.20 mi 244 (WSW) N32 22.27' W106 52.41'
  AL03 0.36 mi 0.57 mi 289 (WNW) N32 22.38' W106 52.76'
  AL04 0.13 mi 0.70 mi 231 (SW) N32 22.30' W106 52.87'
  AL05 0.21 mi 0.91 mi 267 (W) N32 22.29' W106 53.08'
  AL06 0.48 mi 1.39 mi 306 (NW) N32 22.54' W106 53.48'
  AL07 0.12 mi 1.51 mi 313 (NW) N32 22.61' W106 53.57'
  AL08 0.23 mi 1.74 mi 217 (SW) N32 22.45' W106 53.71'
  AL09 0.28 mi 2.02 mi 184 (S) N32 22.21' W106 53.73'
  AL10 0.17 mi 2.19 mi 290 (WNW) N32 22.26' W106 53.89'
  AL11 0.14 mi 2.32 mi 331 (NNW) N32 22.37' W106 53.96'
  AL12 0.14 mi 2.47 mi 246 (WSW) N32 22.31' W106 54.09'
  AL13 0.13 mi 2.59 mi 341 (NNW) N32 22.42' W106 54.14'
  AL14 0.22 mi 2.81 mi 295 (WNW) N32 22.50' W106 54.34'
  AL15 0.15 mi 2.96 mi 12 (NNE) N32 22.62' W106 54.31'
  AL16 0.21 mi 3.17 mi 342 (NNW) N32 22.79' W106 54.38'
  AL17 0.14 mi 3.30 mi 285 (WNW) N32 22.82' W106 54.51'
  AL18 0.33 mi 3.64 mi 327 (NNW) N32 23.07' W106 54.70'
  AL19 0.18 mi 3.81 mi 57 (ENE) N32 23.15' W106 54.55'
  AL20 0.16 mi 3.97 mi 114 (ESE) N32 23.09' W106 54.40'
  AL21 0.10 mi 4.08 mi 80 (E) N32 23.11' W106 54.29'
  AL22 0.21 mi 4.29 mi 132 SE() N32 22.98' W106 54.13'
  AL23 0.20 mi 4.49 mi 118 (ESE) N32 22.90' W106 53.95'
  AL24 0.05 mi 4.54 mi 166 (SSE) N32 22.86' W106 53.93'
  AL25 0.35 mi 4.89 mi 114 (ESE) N32 22.74' W106 53.61'
  AL26 0.06 mi 4.95 mi 42 (NE) N32 22.77' W106 53.57'
  AL27 0.11 mi 5.06 mi 94 (E) N32 22.77' W106 53.46'
  AL28 0.15 mi 5.20 mi 200 SSW() N32 22.65' W106 53.51'
  AL29 0.12 mi 5.32 mi 163 (SSE) N32 22.55' W106 53.47'

Notice: Off-highway travel is by its very nature potentially dangerous and could result in property damage, injury, or even death.  If you drive any of the trails on this web site, you acknowledge these risks and assume full responsibility.  You are the final judge as to whether a trail is safe to drive, whether your vehicle is capable of the journey, and whether your skills are up to the challenge.  The publisher of this web site disclaims any and all liability for property damage, bodily injury, or death that could occur to you or any of your passengers.  To the best of my knowledge, the information contained on this page was accurate as of the time I road this trail during the Winter of 2005/2006.   However, things change over time.  And portions of this trail may no longer be legally accessible to motorized vehicles.  Therefore, please be good stewards of our sport--always stay on designated trails . . . and always, always remember to Tread Lightly!

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