Shadow Mtn. Trail
high on Shadow Mountain
stopping along the way
Upper section
rockwork in the 'Spiderwb' section
looking East from the top
Hike Shadow Mountain

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to join a personalized guided hike up Shadow Mountain!

Explore the geology, the history and the stunning topography. There is no other trail to the top of this spectacular mesa leading directly up from the Rio Ojo Caliente. In fact, all access to the top of Black Mesa from the valley lies on private land. EarthWise Learning has joined with Paseo del Ojo to offer you this special experience. Your fee supports the programming of EWL, and your guide knows the rocks, mountains, animals, birds and history of the valley. As you ascend the trail, all the prominent landmarks of north central NM come into view, including Pedernal, Cerro Colorado, Redondo Peak, Polvadera Mountain, Truchas Peak, Pueblo Peak, Plaza Blanca and more!

This trail is too much for horses but easy enough for boy scouts. You ascend 1000 feet in about a mile and a half. Rock steps help in the steep sections and the pinon/juniper forest offers some shady spots when needed. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, and a snack for when you kick back on the lonely mesa top. This hike may not be suitable for kids under 10.

Have you already hiked the trail? Tell us about your experience! Use the form below...


Paul Bauer's geology tour...

On June 2nd, 2012, geologist Paul Bauer led a geologic tour up the Shadow Mtn. Trail. Watch some of the video from that hike! Click photo (right) to begin...(photo is Paul on the Rio Grande gorge rim) 

More you need to know


Last Fall, improvements were made on drainage features and some new steps were added. Right now the trail is in excellent condition!

Cost: $35/person; $100/group(3 to 8) (if we cancel the hike for unforeseen reasons your fee is 100% refundable. We accept cash/check on the day of the hike or a PayPal option beforehand.

Current hours: TBA. Warm weather is coming. Suggest early morning hike.

Meeting place is 10 miles south of Ojo Caliente. Final directions upon registration.

Average hiking time 1-1/2 to 3 hours round trip, depending on fitness and your schedule.

Use the CONTACT US link above to send a message for more info and to check for days when trail may be closed.

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