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Rim Trail

Monday, July 11, 2016

Alt Names

Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District, Sacramento Mountains, Sacramento Peak, Cloudcroft, Slide Campground, Haynes Canyon, Tularosa Basin, Karr Canyon

Last Known StatusOpen

This trail is about 30 miles long and offers some nice mountain and canyon views. The trail is pure single track that consists of mostly hard packed with occasional small, loose chunk rock and winds through a mixed pine, fir and aspen forest.

Both long and short loops are possible and while the trail is open year-round, the best time to ride is during late spring through late fall. The trail eventually ends near the Sunspot Solar Observatory and picks up again at the Sunspot South Trailhead.

There are multiple access points and paved parking can be found at Slide Group Campground, Cathey Vista and Apple Tree Staging Area.

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Nearest CityCloudcroft, NM
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From: Alamogordo, NM
1) Take US-82 east about 16 miles
2) Turn right (south) onto NM-130, continue about 2 miles
3) Turn right (south-west) onto Sunspot Highway, continue .2 miles
4) Campground entrance is on the right (west).


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Permit RequiredYesNM OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
dispersed camping permitted alongside trail
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on the trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.


Parking ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00


Contact InfoLincoln National Forest - Sacramento District
4 Lost Lodge Road
Cloudcroft, NM 88317
(575) 682-2551
Contact InfoNew Mexico Game & Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(888) 248-6866
(505) 476-8000
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Miles Of Trail30
Climate TypeForest
Elevation8800 to 9200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


First Aid First AidCloudcroft, NM
Gasoline GasolineCloudcroft, NM
Diesel DieselCloudcroft, NM
Potable Water WaterCloudcroft, NM
RV Hookups RV HookupCloudcroft, NM
RV Dump Station RV DisposalCloudcroft, NM
Primitive Camping CampgroundCloudcroft, NM
Convenience Store Conv StoreCloudcroft, NM
Swimming Swim AreaCloudcroft, NM
Body of Water Water BodyCloudcroft, NM
Boating Launch Boat RampCloudcroft, NM
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