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Elephant Rock Trails

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Other Names

Carson National Forest, Questa Ranger District, Cabresto Canyon, Sawmill Mountain, Greenie Peak

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Carson National Forest offers about ten miles of marked single track trails that form three inner loops just north of Elephant Rock Campground. There is an additional trail that heads north toward Cabresto Lake but is rated as more difficult due to some steep and rugged sections. From Cabresto Lake riders can take the forest service roads east toward Greenie Peak.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesNM OHV Permit
Dates OpenMay 1 through December 31
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement
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TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
CampingYes
Tent: $17.00
RV: $17.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $5.00
Elephant Rock Campground Fee

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityRed River, NM
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From: Taos, NM
1) Take NM-522 north about 37 miles
2) Turn right (east) onto NM-38, continue about 12 miles
3) Staging area is on the left (north).

Note: Trailhead is east of Elephant Rock Campground and west of Fawn Lakes Campground.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoCarson National Forest - Questa Ranger District
P.O. Box 110
Questa, NM 87556
(575) 586-0520
mailroom_r3_carson@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoNew Mexico Game And Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 476-8000
(888) 248-6866
ispa@state.nm.us
www.wildlife.state.nm.us

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TERRAIN

Approx Size9,600 acres (15 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeForest
Elevation8400 to 10300 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 almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
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
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

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (E)J Griffin Co (575) 754-6348
Diesel DieselRed River, NM
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (E)Red River RV Park (575) 754-6187
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (E)Red River RV Park (575) 754-6187
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteElephant Rock Campground (575) 586-0520
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (E)Der Market Food Store  (575) 754-2974
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