Dona Ana

 

The Dona Ana Trail is located about 5 miles North of Las Cruces.  However, it's more of a "playground" than a trail, consisting of several trails that loop around and interconnect with each other.  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 Dona Ana Rd, then right again on SR 158 (Hill Rd).  Air down anytime after crossing under I-25.  Ranging in elevation from approximately 4,100 feet to 4,800 feet, the trail takes you in and around the foothills of the Dona Ana Mountains.  Much of the trail consists of sandy arroyos, but there are several rather steep hill climbs and descents, and a few scary off-camber obstacles.  Just a few miles to the West is Dona Ana Peak (which is about 5,700 feet in elevation).   The portion of the trail shown below is just under 10 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours to 3 hours to complete.

Difficulty Rating:  Two (2) Moderate
(based on my personal rating scale on the Trails Page)



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Waypoint: To: Distance Cumm. Dist. Bearing Lat Long
DA01         N32 26.09'

W106 50.52'

  DA02 0.53 mi 0.53 mi 325 (NW) N32 26.47' W106 50.83'
  DA03 0.33 mi 0.86 mi 347 (NNW) N32 26.75' W106 50.90'
  DA04 0.39 mi 1.24 mi 328 (NNW) N32 27.03' W106 51.12'
  DA05 0.16 mi 1.40 mi 272 (W) N32 27.04' W106 51.28'
  DA06 0.44 mi 1.85 mi 12 (NNE) N32 27.41' W106 51.18'
  DA07 0.53 mi 2.37 mi 65 (ENE) N32 27.61' W106 50.70'
  DA08 0.26 mi 2.63 mi 93 (E) N32 27.60' W106 50.43'
  DA09 0.32 mi 2.95 mi 41 (NE) N32 27.81' W106 50.21'
  DA10 0.48 mi 3.43 mi 43 (NE) N32 28.12' W106 49.88'
  DA11 0.55 mi 3.99 mi 84 (E) N32 28.16' W106 49.31'
  DA12 0.35 mi 4.34 mi 193 (SSW) N32 27.87' W106 49.39'
  DA13 0.31 mi 4.65 mi 165 (SSE) N32 27.61' W106 49.31'
  DA14 0.81 mi 5.45 mi 255 (WSW) N32 27.42' W106 50.11'
  DA15 0.49 mi 5.94 mi 255 (WSW) N32 27.31' W106 50.60'
  DA16 0.37 mi 6.32 mi 216 (SW) N32 27.05' W106 50.82'
  DA17 0.26 mi 6.58 mi 78 (ENE) N32 27.09' W106 50.56'
  DA18 0.18 mi 6.76 mi 241 (WSW) N32 27.02' W106 50.72'
  DA19 0.25 mi 7.01 mi 165  (SSE) N32 26.81' W106 50.65'
  DA20 0.15 mi 7.16 mi 44 (NE) N32 26.90' W106 50.55'
  DA21 0.10 mi 7.25 mi 151 (SSE) N32 26.83' W106 50.50'
  DA22 0.20 mi 7.45 mi 83 (E) N32 26.85' W106 50.30'
  DA23 0.24 mi 4.69 mi 9 (N) N32 27.05' W106 50.26'
  DA24 0.08 mi 7.77 mi 283 (WNW) N32 27.06' W106 50.34'
  DA25 0.24 mi 8.01 mi 52 (NE) N32 27.19' W106 50.15'
  DA26 0.34 mi 8.35 mi 117 (ESE) N32 27.06' W106 49.83'
  DA27 0.18 mi 8.53 mi 172 (S) N32 26.91' W106 49.81'
  DA28 0.58 mi 9.11 mi 211 (SSW) N32 26.48' W106 50.12'
  DA29 0.24 mi 9.35 mi 235 (SW) N32 26.36' W106 50.32'
  DA30 0.33 mi 9.69 mi 213 (SSW) N32 26.11' W106 50.51'

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 1999/2000.   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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