Atkinson Canyon

Total Miles


2818.52 ft


0.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Atkinson Canyon can be found just south of Cloudcroft, NM off NM6563. The trail surface is a combination of dirt and rocks with no obstacles larger than 8" and very minor rutting in some low-lying areas. The trail will be easily passable by most vehicles including some 2WDs during the dry months, but will be muddy after rain or snow. During winter months the snow is substantial in this area and may be heavy enough to make the trail impassable. This out-and-back trail has several dispersed camping areas as well as several hiking and 50" or less motorized spurs along the route. Views are limited due to thick tree coverage with one area giving a small view of Alamogordo/White Sands. The trail is primarily single-vehicle wide with a few areas wide enough to pass. There are several wide open meadows that do have campsites, however, the surface in these areas may be very soft and muddy after snow melt or rain. Cell service is extremely limited within the first mile and drops to no service after. The trail dead-ends at a three-way spur for hiking and motorized vehicles under 50" in width.


Areas that are primarily dirt will become soft, slippery mud after rain or snow melts. There are portions of the trail that have very minor rutting that should be expected to become worse after water runoff. Snow is substantial in this area during winter months and may be heavy enough to make the trail impassable.

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