Grande Vista Nature Trail
|This short, interpreted nature trail lives up to its name: Grande Vista, or, (loosely translated), "great view", which you do get from this trail. Additionally, you get to learn more about the nature in the area. Due to the 2011 fire, this trail is closed. You should check with the park before planning on hiking this trail.|
|Hike data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the trailhead||About the hike||Plants along the trail||Comments|
When we hiked it:
|Time it took us:||0:20.|
|GV7||Trail point||View point on Grande Vista trail at Sugarite Canyon state park|
|GVISTATH||Trailhead||Grande Vista trailhead in Sugarite Canyon state park|
Maps:Geohack online map list Paper maps:
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the trailhead:
Take exit 452 from I-25 in Raton. Head east on NM 72 for 3.5 miles; this is the junction with NM 526. Take NM 526 (go straight) for 1.7 miles to the park visitor center. From the visitor center, continue 2.2 miles to the turnoff to the Soda Pocket campground. This road is steep; keep this in mind if you are in a heavy or underpowered vehicle. This did not prevent RVs (especially trailers) from making it. The Soda Pocket campground is 1.5 miles up the road, and the trailhead is in the south-southwest part of the campground.
About the hike:
The trail is mostly under the shade of oak trees.
Along the trail are numbered signs corresponding to a paragraph in the trail guide (available at the trailhead).
At GPS GV7 (near the interpretative "7" sign"), there is a junction with a short trail leading to a nice viewpoint.
Plants we saw along the trail:
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