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Rio Bonito Petroglyph Recreation Trail

Hike the Petroglyph Trail along the Rio Bonito and glimpse into the past. At the midpoint of the trail, in the river bed, is Petroglyph Rock. Etched on this rock are depictions of an ancient people known as the Jornada Mogollon who have long since left the area. Very little evidence has stood the test of time, but here on the Petroglyph Trail remains a link to the culture and lifestyle of these ancient people.

Hiking, prehistoric interpretation, biking, fishing, horseback riding, picnicking

None. Restrooms and drinking water are not available.

Location / Access
A high-clearance vehicle is recommended to access the site.

From Capitan, NM, drive on US 380 east 4.25 miles to NM 220. From Lincoln, NM, drive west 7.7 miles to NM 220. Drive south one mile to the equestrian trailhead. The historic Fort Stanton is approximately one mile further on NM 220. 

The trail can be reached from NM 220, west of the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport. Follow the highway signs stating “Upper Rio Bonito” to the bottom of the hill and turn left for about one mile until you reach the trailhead. The loop trail is approximately 2.1 miles in total length and is easy to moderate hiking with a few hills and areas with loose footing. Plan to spend about one hour on the trail.

Rio Bonito Petroglyph Trail

Hiking/Backpacking Petroglyphs Biking Fishing Horseback Riding Picnicking


Open year-round.

Recreation Guidelines
BLM Recreation Guidelines

Special Rules
Motorized use of the trail is prohibited.

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See Contact Information below to obtain maps or visit the Public Lands Information Center.

Contact Information
Roswell Field Office
2909 W. Second Street
Roswell, NM  88201-2019
(575) 627.0272