Coyote Mesa Trail

Total Miles
3.0

Elevation

2,171.96 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Coyote Mesa Trail is listed on MUVM maps as FR462. Its starts just south of Tijeras in Chamisos Canyon, and crosses the mesa north of Cedro Peak ending near the Zuzax area. This trail offers panoramic views of the Sandias, Monzanos and Cedro Peak with minimal difficulty. At each break in the trees, there are views in every direction. Most of the time the road is very easy, involving a few rocky sections that must be slowed down for, and some easily avoidable ruts. It is easily doable in most crossovers or other SUVs. Due to the combination of rocky surroundings and a dirt road, the trail quickly deteriorates in any kind of moisture. It is easy to get stuck, especially in vehicles without off-road oriented tires. The resulting mud is very slick, and hard to get traction in. The ranger office has also asked drivers in larger vehicles to stay off the road immediately after rain and snow to minimize erosion. On some occasions this is enforced via the gates on either side.

Photos of Coyote Mesa Trail

Coyote Mesa Trail
Coyote Mesa Trail
Coyote Mesa Trail

Difficulty

While there are some ruts, they are easily avoidable. A subaru would have no problems with this trail. It just needs to be heavily caveated with regards to weather. Despite its general ease, you can easily get stuck on this road after a surprise rain storm.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Thomas Lovato
May 27, 2024
2020 GMC Canyon
Open
Normal
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard
Niko Azucenas
May 19, 2024
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated
Always a good relaxing trail! Will encounter sharp(ish) turns, wouldn’t recommend a full size vehicle, although doable. Beautiful mountain scenery!
Patrick Baldwin
Apr 14, 2024
2021 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Fun trail. Stock Rubicon handled it no problem. Some areas are heavily rutted and there was a couple of mostly dry mud holes, but I doubt those will last much longer.
Stefan Deal
Apr 12, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Trail was mostly dry with a few small mud holes that you can go around if you want to. Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Small rock hills can be a bit challenging in a smaller suv like mine but that made it fun.

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