Broad Canyon


The Broad Canyon Trail is located about 20 miles Northwest of Las Cruces. To get to the trailhead, take I-25 North out of Las Cruces and take Exit # 19. Turn left (West) onto SR 157 (Ft. Seldon Rd), then right (NW) onto SR 185. Travel approximately 6.8 miles and turn left onto the dirt road. Ranging in elevation from approximately 4,100 feet to 4,600 feet, the trail takes you through "Broad Canyon", which contains boulders as large as 24 inches to 36 inches in diameter. At Waypoint BD05 is "The Test Rock", which can be used as a test to see if you will make it through the rest of the trail. At waypoint BD10 is the Snake Pit, a 5-foot nearly vertical wall to climb. The bypass, in the arroyo, may or may not be blocked. Finally, at waypoint BD11 is a "playground" with various rocks and ledges you can climb. The trail is only a little under 9 miles long and takes approximately 5 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 pictures from the Broad Canyon Trail.  
On the left, webe climbing up out of the Pickle Barrel
(actually, this is the bypass--the Pickle Barrel, to the left, is even worse!).
On the right, webe climbing out of the Snake Pit.

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Cumm. Dist.






N32 32.598'

W106 59.942'



0.36 mi

0.36 mi

262 (W)

N32 32.557'

W107 0.308'



0.31 mi

0.67 mi

213 (SSW)

N32 32.332'

W107 0.480'



0.57 mi

1.24 mi

222 (SW)

N32 31.962'

W107 0.872'



0.34 mi

1.58 mi

178 (S)

N32 31.669'

W107 0.860'



0.35 mi

1.93 mi

104 (ESE)

N32 31.594'

W107 0.505'



0.59 mi

2.52 mi

289 (WNW)

N32 31.756'

W107 1.080'



0.36 mi

2.88 mi

199 (SSW)

N32 31.460'

W107 1.199'



0.16 mi

3.04 mi

301 (WNW)

N32 31.530'

W107 1.336'



0.30 mi

3.33 mi

263 (W)

N32 31.496'

W107 1.642'



0.36 mi

3.69 mi

233 (SW)

N32 31.308'

W107 1.938'



0.19 mi

3.89 mi

169 (S)

N32 31.144'

W107 1.901'



0.21 mi

4.10 mi

298 (WNW)

N32 31.231'

W107 2.094'



0.22 mi

4.32 mi

166 (SSE)

N32 31.048'

W107 2.039'



0.60 mi

4.92 mi

257 (WSW)

N32 30.927'

W107 2.637'



0.30 mi

5.21 mi

333 (NNW)

N32 31.156'

W107 2.778'



0.53 mi

5.74 mi

312 (NW)

N32 31.460'

W107 3.181'



0.35 mi

6.08 mi

8 (N)

N32 31.759'

W107 3.132'



2.62 mi

8.70 mi

76 (ENE)

N32 32.318'

W107 0.519'

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 2003/2004.   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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