Come “Ride the Divide” and enjoy a friendly fund raiser trail ride with the Zuni Mountain Chapter Back Country Horsemen of New Mexico.
Date: September 10, 2016
Time: Ride out starts at 10:00 AM
Location: Old Radar Site, Cibola National Forest, Continental Divide, New Mexico.
Directions to the trail head are as follows:
Follow I-40 to exit 47 at Continental Divide. Turn south from the exit and then turn right. You will pass a building with a blue roof (used to be a Stuckey’s) on the left. Go 0.2 miles and turn left onto FR 464. You will go over a cattle guard and onto a one lane paved road. Follow this road for 3.8 miles. At 3.3 miles you will go through a gate into USFS land. There are flat areas on the right that are good for camping.
There is a gas station and a shop at Continental Divide where you turn off I-40.
Cost $15.00 for first hand and $7.00 for a second hand.
Pay out for top three hands and lots of great Prizes for other categories
Pre-register for lunch $10.00 per person.
Deadline to pre-register Sept 3rd. You can still register on the morning of the 10th; however, pre-registration is helpful for planning purposes
Free primitive camping available, must haul own water for horses and humans. Weed free hay required. No stallions. No dogs on trail.
For more information contact:
Anna Larson 505-870-9475
Trails Mapping in the Bluewater area. I still want to check out the trail Up to Mt Sedgewick, but there are other trails to ride in there as well.
Note: all rides subject to cancellation due to weather or fire conditions. Check weather and call before you haul just in case. This one’s close to Anna’s house so she should know the conditions that day. Parking site is suitable for overnight camping. If you want to come the day before and camp, or camp overnight after the ride you are welcome. Just remember, the forest is in stage 2 restrictions meaning no open flames. We have had rain though in the area. (Check with USFS also as they MIGHT remove the restrictions shortly.)
Note that Weather predictions are for rain all this week. Call before you haul. If there is lightning, We will be safe and not ride.
If you come in from I-40 at the Thoreau Exit (53) and travel up Highway 612 to the end of the pavement. I believe it’s about 4 miles on the gravel road to the road junction. However if you come from Grants and get on the Gravel road in Grants. it’s approximately 30 miles of gravel road. Easiest to come down I-40 to Thoreau.
Here is the ride map. The total trail mapped here is about 12 miles, but we have a couple loops to check out so if we need to come back earlier due to weather etc then we can cut it shorter.
Continental Divide Trails map
- Radar Hill Lookout Loop. This loop starts on the southeast side of the hill near the camping area and follows the old paved road to the top of the hill. There is an open area at the top were you can take photos of the valley below. Then you can follow the road back around the northwest side of the hill back down to one of two connector roads. 0.6 miles
- Connector to Rim Road- An old dirt road that connects to the Road 1 or to Rim Road. 0.4 miles
- Rim Road- An old two track road. 0.4 miles to the Rim Loop road.
- Rim Loop- Follows the edge of the cliff and dead ends at a private property fenceline. 0.3 miles round trip.
Rim Road and Rim loop total mileage 0.7miles
- Off the Rim- Trail is unmarked and undeveloped. We just followed the edge of the rim back to a safe place to descend into the valley. 0.5 miles
- Road 1 Currently existing USFS road leaving the west end of the parking areas down the hill and into the valley. 1.2 miles to junction with Easy Loop
- Shortcut- Additional two track trail connector between Road 1 and Easy Loop 0.4 miles
- Easy Loop- Follows designated USFS road to junction with East Road. 2.2 miles
- Hill Climb- Follows old logging/two track trail until it fades out near the south end. Junction with East Road is not developed and difficult to locate. Does climb in elevation and has rocky climbs. 1.6 miles
- East Road- Junctions with Road 1 at the bottom of the hill and heads east past the stock tank. Follows a designated USFS road past the junction with Easy Loop. Near the junction with Hill Climb, the road fades and the trail becomes undeveloped. Difficult to locate a junction with Hill Climb. 3.2 miles one way.
- Lost Shoe Turnaround- Difficult rocky area. We didn’t ride much in this area after one of the horses lost a shoe 0.6 miles both ways.
- Corral Trail- Two track trail with a small portion through private land around a livestock corral and joins with East Road. 0.6 miles
- Homestead Road- Two track trail continues west from the junction of Easy Loop and Road 1. It zig-zags around some pretty rock formations and then follows an old railroad spur. You will see old rail road ties along the way. When you come to the gate/fence at the spring, you cross into State of NM land and then a short while later it cuts back into USFS land. You will see the remains of several cabins and or corrals along both sides of the road. 1.2 miles one way. So far I haven’t worked out a loop back from there.
Trail loops from parking area to down Road 1 to Easy Loop and back around to East Road then back up Corral Trail – 4.4 miles.
From parking area down either East Road or Road 1 to Hill Climb and back to Easy Loop then back to parking area – 7.2 miles. Keep in mind that the junction between Hill
Climb and East Road has not been marked or developed.