ElevationAscent: 97' 30 m
Descent: -363' -111 m
High: 6,982' 2,128 m
Low: 6,666' 2,032 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“A relatively level trail along the Rio Grande that connects with three trails descending from the plateau.”— Bruce Hope
Camping: $7.00/night for one vehicle, $10.00 for two. Maximum 2 vehicles and 10 people per site. (Additional vehicles may park in day use parking areas at $3.00/day.) Annual day use passes do not apply to camping fees.
River Campsites: $5.00/night. Group Shelters: $30.00 per day, $40.00 per night. Group shelters are by reservation (call BLM at 575-758-8851).
This trail is relatively flat and close to the river except where it makes a sharp 250-foot ascent/descent (on good switchbacks) to and from the bench where it meets the Big Arsenic Springs Trail. The River Trail connects the Big Arsenic Springs Trail, the Little Arsenic Springs Trail, and the La Junta Trail and passes three river campsites as it does so.
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Land Manager: BLM New Mexico - Taos Field Office