Backway to Cabezon Peak

Total Miles


1,976.43 ft


1.5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This set of well maintained, dirt roads provides access to Cabezon Peak from nearby Pipeline Road. It passes through some typical New Mexican high-desert scenery, with shrubs and cacti on either side of a winding dirt road. It takes you up a ridge with excellent views of the surrounding desert and down into the arroyos below before leading to the parking area for the Cabezon Peak hiking trail. The hiking trail takes you to the top of Cabezon Peak and is a steep, out-and-back trail with a scramble at the far end to get to the top.

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Backway to Cabezon Peak
Backway to Cabezon Peak
Backway to Cabezon Peak


This trail is easy in good conditions. There are a few stops that are pretty steep, and some short rutted areas, but any vehicle with some ground clearance should be able to make it. When the ground is wet or snow covered this dirt becomes clay which sticks to tires and makes the trail very slippery.

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Status Reports

Mark Holmstrup
Apr 14, 2024
Last part of trail leading to Cabezon has a locked gate, with a sign that says "Wilderness Study Area."

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