Sandia Gulch

 

The Sandia Gulch Trail is located about 5 miles West of Las Cruces. To get to the trailhead, take I-10 West out of Las Cruces and take the Airport Exit (# 132). Make a U-turn to the right and travel Ease on the frontage road for just under a mile. Turn left onto the dirt road and air down. Travel northwest, and then north, on Airport Road for approximately 4 miles to Waypoint SG04. From here, you will be traveling "up" about half of the Box Canyon Trail. Make sure you turn right at Waypoint SG11; to the left is the Tabasco Twister Trail, which is rated "extreme"! The Sandia Gulch Trailhead is a left turn off of the Box Canyon Trail, at Waypoint SG15. Ranging in elevation from approximately 4,100 feet to 4,500 feet, the trail gradually climbs up a winding canyon. There are really only a couple of SGstacles on this trail, but there aren’t any bypasses, and no easy way to turn around. So once you’re deep in the canyon, you’re pretty much committed! At Waypoint SG 21, there’s a short boulder field, with a series of large rocks ranging in size from 18 inches to 36 inches in diameter. At Waypoint SG22 is the "V" Rocks, consisting of two 36+ inch rocks which form a "V". Don’t attempt this SGstacle without rocker panel protection, cuz it will rearrange your lower sheet metal! Short wheelbase vehicles fair better on this SGstacle than do longer ones. The actual trail is less than 1.5 miles long and takes about 2 hours to 3 hours or so to complete. But there are a few play areas to and from the trailhead, such as the ledges near Waypoint SG07, which will make for a longer outing if you want.

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 Sandia Gulch Trail.
Okay, the picture on the left is actually from the Broad Canyon Trail.  I got them mixed up.
 But I like this shot so much, I decided to just leave it here!
On the right webe dragging our butt over the "V" rocks (which is really on the Sandia Gulch Trail).

           
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Waypoint:

To:

Distance

Cumm. Dist.

Bearing

Lat

Long

SG01

       

N32° 16.643'

W106° 54.110'

 

SG02

0.46 mi 0.46 mi

293° (WNW)

N32° 16.798'

W106° 54.542'

 

SG03

1.92 mi 2.38 mi

2° (N)

N32° 18.466'

W106° 54.469'

 

SG04

1.49 mi 3.87 mi

10° (N)

N32° 19.738'

W106° 54.208'

 

SG05

0.63 mi 4.49 mi

55° (NE)

N32° 20.047'

W106° 53.677'

 

SG06

0.36 mi 4.85 mi

11° (N)

N32° 20.351'

W106° 53.611'

 

SG07

0.83 mi 5.68 mi

85° (E)

N32° 20.418'

W106° 52.757'

 

SG08

0.23 mi 5.91 mi

348° (NNW)

N32° 20.614'

W106° 52.806'

 

SG09

0.40 mi 6.31 mi

46° (NE)

N32° 20.856'

W106° 52.513'

 

SG10

0.65 mi 6.96 mi

269° (W)

N32° 20.846'

W106° 53.178'

 

SG11

0.45 mi 7.41 mi

329° (NNW)

N32° 21.180'

W106° 53.419'

 

SG12

0.53 mi 7.94 mi

13° (NNE)

N32° 21.626'

W106° 53.297'

 

SG13

0.70 mi 8.64 mi

138° (SE)

N32° 21.175'

W106° 52.812'

 

SG14

0.30 mi 8.94 mi

104° (ESE)

N32° 21.113'

W106° 52.516'

 

SG15

0.13 mi 9.07 mi

21° (NNE)

N32° 21.219'

W106° 52.468'

 

SG16

0.12 mi 9.19 mi

327° (NNW)

N32° 21.307'

W106° 52.535'

 

SG17

0.07 mi 9.26 mi

290° (WNW)

N32° 21.327'

W106° 52.602'

 

SG18

0.06 mi 9.31 mi

1° (N)

N32° 21.377'

W106° 52.600'

 

SG19

0.10 mi 9.41 mi

308° (NW)

N32° 21.429'

W106° 52.678'

 

SG20

0.03 mi 9.44 mi

275° (W)

N32° 21.431'

W106° 52.712'

 

SG21

0.11 mi 9.55 mi

318° (NW)

N32° 21.502'

W106° 52.788'

 

SG22

0.10 mi 9.65 mi

286° (WNW)

N32° 21.527'

W106° 52.888'

 

SG23

0.13 mi 9.78 mi

285° (WNW)

N32° 21.556'

W106° 53.015'

 

SG24

0.06 mi 9.85 mi

330° (NNW)

N32° 21.604'

W106° 53.047'

 

SG25

0.14 mi 9.98 mi

39° (NE)

N32° 21.698'

W106° 52.957'

 

SG26

0.24 mi 10.22 mi

279° (W)

N32° 21.730'

W106° 53.196'

 

SG27

0.13 mi 10.35 mi

223° (SW)

N32° 21.649'

W106° 53.285'

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 2001/2002.   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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