Caja del Rio


The Caja del Rio Trail is approximately 8 miles West of Santa Fe, in the Santa Fe National Forest. The trailhead is located on County Road 62, about 4 miles Northwest of State Route 599. Ranging in elevation from approximately 6,300 feet to over 7,000 feet, the trail circles the Caja del Rio Plateau. The trail consists of a combination of 2-track dirt roads and tight winding paths through the forest. A nice place to stop for lunch is between Waypoints CR14 & CR15. From that point, a few hundred yards to the east, is a huge "Sink Hole", at N35 41.954' , W106 09.306'Warning: This hole is about 20 feet wide and an estimated 200+ feet deep; it is extremely dangerous! A right turn at Waypoint CR20 will take you south to the La Bajada Trail. There are several off-shoots on this trail that warrant further exploration, time permitting. The Caja del Rio trail is about 25 miles long and takes approximately 5 hours or so to complete.

Difficulty Rating:  One (1) Easy
(based on my personal rating scale on the Trails Page)

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Cumm. Dist.






N35 41.386'

W106 5.537'



1.48 mi

1.48 mi

316 (NW)

N35 42.313'

W106 6.628'



1.22 mi

2.70 mi

266 (W)

N35 42.241'

W106 7.934'



0.22 mi

2.92 mi

193 (SSW)

N35 42.056'

W106 7.985'



0.47 mi

3.39 mi

124 (ESE)

N35 41.829'

W106 7.566'



0.48 mi

3.87 mi

174 (S)

N35 41.417'

W106 7.515'



0.55 mi

4.42 mi

265 (W)

N35 41.376'

W106 8.099'



0.48 mi

4.90 mi

303 (WNW)

N35 41.603'

W106 8.530'



0.50 mi

5.39 mi

218 (SW)

N35 41.263'

W106 8.860'



0.32 mi

5.71 mi

121 (ESE)

N35 41.119'

W106 8.568'



0.48 mi

6.20 mi

214 (SW)

N35 40.774'

W106 8.860'



0.42 mi

6.61 mi

317 (NW)

N35 41.036'

W106 9.164'



0.27 mi

6.88 mi

220 (SW)

N35 40.861'

W106 9.348'



0.80 mi

7.68 mi

348 (NNW)

N35 41.541'

W106 9.526'



0.92 mi

8.60 mi

5 (N)

N35 42.339'

W106 9.443'



0.73 mi

9.33 mi

228 SW()

N35 41.917'

W106 10.026'



1.05 mi

10.38 mi

333 (NNW)

N35 42.731'

W106 10.534'



0.89 mi

11.27 mi

225 (SW)

N35 42.185'

W106 11.200'



1.54 mi

12.81 mi

203 (SSW)

N35 40.949'

W106 11.834'



1.62 mi

14.42 mi

146 (SE)

N35 39.785'

W106 10.870'



0.91 mi

15.33 mi

82 (W)

N35 39.898'

W106 9.913'



1.22 mi

16.55 mi

25 (NNE)

N35 40.861'

W106 9.361'

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 2002/2003.   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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