ElevationAscent: 18' 5 m
Descent: -75' -23 m
High: 4,328' 1,319 m
Low: 4,258' 1,298 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“A side loop through a large area of desert coral.”— Brendan Ross
Southern New Mexico weather can be hot, windy, dusty, or all three at once. Summer heat is usually in the high 90's, and afternoon thunderstorms are common. Make sure to check the forecast and bring more water than you think you'll need. There is very little shade, so morning runs are preferable in the summer months.
At the halfway point, the trail makes a U-turn and joins an old, sandy dirt road. The path here is mostly straight, cutting through an area with a large number of ocotillos that bloom in the spring and early summer. After about a third of a mile, the loop merges back into Tortugas Trail.
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Land Manager: BLM New Mexico - Las Cruces District Office