San Lorenzo Canyon

Total Miles
5.7

Elevation

1,608.40 ft

Duration

1.5 Hours

Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

San Lorenzo Canyon is a series of rock formations and canyons on the southern border of Servilleta Wildlife Refuge. This area features numerous hiking and camping opportunities in a unique landscape not far from Albuquerque. It's a favorite day trip for locals, and you will often find others here hiking, camping, and doing cookouts in the canyon. This is a great first trip for aspiring overlanders or people looking to get out of town for an afternoon. The route starts at a 1-way bridge crossing under I-25. Signs will provide directions onto BLM land calling out San Lorenzo canyon. The first part of the drive is through an open desert, with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. A network of trails in and out of a dry river bed provides opportunities for a variety of riding. After a few miles, the trail will go into the canyon. There are numerous places along the trail to park and explore the rock formations on either side of the road. These sandstone formations are unique in that there are few restrictions in exploration on foot, though vehicles should stick to the trail. After 6 miles, the road dead ends in a rocky cul-de-sac. Additional hiking is available beyond the end of the trail, but vehicle traverse is not permitted.

Photos of San Lorenzo Canyon

San Lorenzo Canyon
San Lorenzo Canyon
San Lorenzo Canyon

Difficulty

This trail is accessible in any crossover. However, there are some washboards that can be pretty rough if your suspension is more on-road oriented.

Technical Rating

1

Status Reports

Norvin Luna
Mar 30, 2024
2019 Jeep Renegade
Open
Great drive, busy and campers with ATVs everywhere. Wash was passable no large obstacles no obstructions. watch for soft sand along the edges of the wash on your way.
Jolene Slowen
Mar 09, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Washboard
Scott Donovan
Feb 21, 2024
4x4
Open
Washboard
We hit the trail right at sunset as we were passing through. Cool canyon with lots of places off to the side to explore. First half is a really rough washboard that exposed some loose electrical connections on my rig. Lots of camping options as well. Would have liked to spend more time.
Greg Plourde
Feb 17, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
Washboard
This was my introductory off-roading trail. I almost didn’t go expecting it to be too simple or too short. But, the canyon offered great photo ops and was truly impressive. It was me and the 12-15 other visitors at that time…

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