Bernalillito Hoodoos In-Out

Bernalillito Hoodoos In-Out Hike
In Ojito Region

Map File Source: NG Topo

map Hike Key: H10324
Last Updated: 06/27/2021 12:00am
Last Updated By: Marilyn Fixer
Hike Class: B (Moderate)
Hike Distance: 3.9 mi
Minimum Elevation: 5795 ft
Elevation Change: 163 ft
Total Uphill: 262 ft
Total Downhill: 262 ft
Avg. Grade: 5 %
Route Type: InOut
On Trail: Yes
Paved or Gravel Roads: No
GPS Advised: No
Drive Distance Round Trip: 100 mi
Drive Time One-Way: 1:15
Hiking Seasons: Spring and Fall
New Mexico Game Unit: 9
Hike Status: Published
Access Description: Ojito Wilderness Area Access


Outstanding badlands scenery.



Trailhead Directions

From Albuquerque go north on I-25 to Bernalillo. From the intersection of I-25 and US 550 (formerly SR 44) in Bernalillo go northwest on US 550 for 20.9 miles to Cabezon Road. This intersection is about 2 miles before San Ysidro. Turn left onto Cabezon Road. Almost immediately there is a Y in the road, go left. Go west for 10.9 miles to a two track on your right and PARK (0.0 mi).

Actual Hike

From parking go north up the road for about 0.2 mile. At the WYE (0.5 mi), veer left and CROSSFENCE (0.5 mi) near the sorbet-colored rocks. There is quite a good foot trail that has been worn that follows the base of the mesa. Head northwest towards the HOODOOS (0.9 mi), then turn toward the west and into a canyon on the north side of the mesa and have LUNCH (1.9 mi) there. There is a nice view of the area from the lunch spot. Return the way you came.


The scenery in this area is outstanding. This hike is a simplified version of the Bernalillito Hoodoos hike to avoid the part that is not on a trail of some sort. This hike was added to the Hiking Collection by Roger Holloway.


PARK: N35 29.721, W106 55.287 (0.0 mi)
CROSSFENCE: N35 30.113, W106 55.451 (0.5 mi)
WYE: N35 30.085, W106 55.412 (0.5 mi)
HOODOOS: N35 30.279, W106 55.700 (0.9 mi)
CACHE: N35 30.315, W106 55.727
LUNCH: N35 30.511, W106 56.221 (1.9 mi)

Map Filename: BernalillitoHoodoosIn-OutImage_MW.JPG
Hike GPS File Name: BernalillitoHoodoosIn-OutWayTrack_MWDB.gpx
Hike GPS File: Click link to download hike waytrack file

Text Author: Dick Brown
Map Author: Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author: Marilyn Warrant
Track Author: Dick Brown
Maintainer: Bill Gloyd
Editor: Marilyn Warrant

Photos of This Hike
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