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Bar Canyon - Soledad Canyon

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Hike through a narrowing canyon to a natural water fall.
Near:White Sands Missile Range, NM
Distance:3.96 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:880 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots

Summary: Begin the hike at the trailhead. Stay to the right, follow the trail counter-clockwise. At 1.5 miles there is a junction where the trail divides. You can follow the loop to the left, or continue straight ahead to the old rock house and the waterfall. At 1.63 miles you reach the old rock house. Continue down this trail to the waterfall. The trail will head to the right, up a small hill, then left into a narrow dead-end canyon. The waterfall is all the way back. To finish the loop, return the the junction where the trail divided. Turn right, and follow the trail back to the trailhead.
Trailhead: From the intersection of I-10 and I-25, head north on I-25 1 mile to the University Exit. Head east on University. Travel 4.8 miles to Soledad Canyon Rd. Turn south on Soledad Canyon Rd. Follow pavement left at the fire station. At about 4 miles, the pavement ends. Continue east on the dirt road - through the gate and then right to the parking area. The trailhead is the sign to the east. (Lat:32.30463 Lon:-106.59351)
Trail Guides for Bar Canyon - Soledad Canyon:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Dripping Springs - 505-525-4300 Day use only
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted  71 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 2   Submit your own review
Reviewed by BC on 9/5/2012
The hike was incredible! Provided just the right amount portions to develop a remarkable connection with nature! The trail is clean, well kept, and easy to follow. Slight incline but overall great, great hike! Waterfall not in full throttle but will return to see it, soon! As others have mentioned, scenery is gorgeous! 

Reviewed by RC on 3/3/2012
Just got back from it. First time me and a group of friends went on this one and we definitely plan on going back. The main hike will take you by many beautiful views. But I think most of the fun was had "off the beaten path". There are quite a few side trails that scale mountains, those trails are much more difficult so those that are not as physically strong may not be able to traverse them (Our group is all under 30 years old). We didn't hit everything today, but we will be back to go on the trails we didn't! Awesome hike.

Reviewed by Justin on 10/3/2010
I moved to the southwest 6 months ago and have taken hikes in the region almost every weekend since. This was a new one and has been by far the most fun. The views are very nice. The waterfall is a bonus. And if you are looking for a bit more of a challenge, there are a number of side trails as you meander up the canyon toward the waterfall. Saw a tarantula at the waterfall as well, so be careful where you step.

Reviewed by Soraya on 7/2/2010
My all time favorite trail. It offers some of the most spectacular views of all the trails I've hiked. It's a considerably easy hike, but it offers a long enough distance to provide you with an adequate amount of exercise. It is one of my favorites because it is just simply beautiful. I will always return to this trail.

Reviewed by Steve on 2/17/2010
Very pleasant hike with beautiful views down into Las Cruces and the Rio Grand valley. My wife, I and dogs enjoyed the outing. Loops are always nice so dead heading is unnecessary.

Reviewed by Vernon on 1/28/2010
Excellent hike, temendous beauty with the recent snow. Made a side excursion to Chimney Rock which was worth the climb. Don't skip the Waterfall, how many of these do you find in the desert?

Reviewed by ASH on 8/30/2009
Nice hike. To those unfamiliar with the phrase "Day-Use" that means the gate is open from 8AM to 7PM. Not much flow at this time of year but still a very quiet oasis. Quite easy to misplace the trail when it crosses the creek bed, take time to look around and stay on track.

Reviewed by Marcus on 1/19/2009
Had a good time. Lots of plants and some birds to see or hear. Bring boots because the terrain is course in parts but open trails allow for an easy hike. Plants seen include White thorn acacia, mexican oak, alligator juniper, little blue stem grass and sparse Honey mesquite trees.

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