New Mexico Outdoor
Roughing It In Luxury-Abiquiu, New Mexico 505.901.7321
To get to the trail-head we drive on Hwy 84 north and shortly after Piedra Lumbre Education Center we take a left on Forest Road 151. It’s the road that brings you also to the Monastery of Christ in the Desert and follows for the most part the very scenic Chama River, a popular spot for canoeing. To get to the trail-head of Rim Vista though, we only drive about 0.7 miles on FR 151 and then take a narrow dirt road going right, signed “Trail 15”
. From there it’s a short drive to the end of the road and the Rim Vista trail-head. The name already says it: Vista = Views galore right from the very start
The trail-head is marked and the actual trail is well-defined. Despite this fact we do not encounter anybody during our entire hike. It seems like the world is ours. The round trip hike is about 5 miles. The trail starts climbing almost immediately and it’s a steady climb, interrupted by some pretty flat stretches while on a small mesa or rim.
We continue on the trail, which slowly wends its way uphill toward the cliff face to the north, passing through pinons and junipers. At this point we start to see old blue diamond trail signs. These blue diamond markers continue the entire length of the hike. We can’t help but to stop often and turn around to take in the beautiful views towards Abiquiu lake, Ghost Ranch valley and Cerro Pedernal
A short distance from the top we hear two gunshots. Yes, October is hunting season in northern New Mexico. (So here is our tip: when you decide to go hiking in the fall, make sure to do your homework and inquire before with the Forest Service whether your planned hike goes through hunting territory.) Since we don’t feel like getting in the hunters’ way, we decide to turn around. We are almost at the top anyway, and the views can’t get any better than they already are.
The way back down is pure enjoyment with the most scenic views wherever we turn our heads.