Forest Service Road 10

Total Miles
14.2

Elevation

2,613.95 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Forest Service Road 10 is an absolutely million-dollar view road guaranteed to leave you awestruck. The entrance off Highway 4 has been washed out so only trucks or high-clearance vehicles can maneuver the ditch obstacle. It's an easy gravel road with steep drop off's, steep hill climbs and larger rocks. There are numerous dispersed campsites, as well as state ran campsites that are farther down the road. This road is 14.2 miles long but there are several areas to pull over and take pictures of the panoramic views that encompass this route. There is a two thousand elevation loss on this road which allows you to see the changes of the land from mountains to the desert. You will find lots of firewood for campfires, but be mindful that this area is really dry and is a timber box. Currently, the campsites that are state ran are closed for the season but open in May and close at the end of October. You will find water and restrooms at those campsites. Cell service was attainable most of the route as it faces south most of the way. As you end the trail it turns into a desert landscape that leads to a farming community.

Photos of Forest Service Road 10

Forest Service Road 10
Forest Service Road 10
Forest Service Road 10

Difficulty

Due to the washed-out road with a rocky ditch just south of Highway 4, I wouldn't recommend a car on this road as it could seriously damage the underside of any low clearance vehicle.

History

The Pueblo of Jemez are of their own sovereign and have their own government and rules. These people have inhabited this area since around 1612. https://www.jemezpueblo.org/places/jemez-historic-landmark/

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Connor Fitzpatrick
May 18, 2024
2016 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Normal
Very scenic trail with lots of spurs for further exploring. Trail is in good shape and 4wd was rarely if ever required today. Some spurs can add additional challenge.
Glenn Chenot
Mar 23, 2024
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Frank Miller
Sep 22, 2023
SxS
Open
Normal
Jeremy Maestas
Jul 15, 2023
2012 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Normal
Dusty

Access Description

From Los Alamos, New Mexico take highway 4, you will have to first go through the laboratory (make sure not to have any weapons as there is a checkpoint with a military guard).

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