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Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday for a winter hike to Ancho Rapids and the Red Dot Trail in White Rock. Paul Arendt, local hiker and outdoor enthusiast, will lead this moderately difficult day hike.
This one-way hike can be a perfect outing for a winter day, since in the summer, the trails are often too hot.
In order to have a shuttle from the end point back to the beginning, hikers will meet at the bottom of Piedra Loop, at the parking area for the Red Dot Trail, then carpool to a parking area about three miles south of White Rock. From this second parking area, the hike will proceed eastward, eventually dropping in to Ancho Canyon.
Ancho Canyon terminates at Ancho Rapids in the Rio Grande, where there are some rock formations to observe.
Hikers will rest and eat an early lunch at the rapids before continuing north along the route, which parallels the rio. They’ll be able to enjoy another rest stop at the waterfall near the bottom of the Red Dot Trail. To finish, hikers will proceed up the Red Dot Trail to the cars parked at the trailhead. The total hike time and length are estimated at five-and-a-half hours and seven miles.
Arendt is a PEEC board member who enjoys hiking and climbing in White Rock Canyon, as well as throughout the U.S. mountain west, Europe and South America. He is knowledgeable about local trails and is sure to lead an interesting and enjoyable hike.
Experience how the winter New Mexico sun warms the cliffs of White Rock and down to the Rio Grande. Bring water and lunch.
Binoculars are recommended, as there will be opportunities to observe waterfowl at several viewpoints above the rio. Free. No registration required.
For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.