A Heavenly Hike in Diablo Canyon

Diablo Canyon Recreation Area

Gilda was let out of the barn today. Her tires were ready to roll toward the Rio Grande outside of Santa Fe in pure Eurovan style.

Gilda at Diablo Canyon’s trailhead.

Spring is official in northern New Mexico: Sunny warm 55 degree days interrupted by snow, sleet, rain and wind — at any given time of the day.  So when you can find a pocket of sun, quick, hit the road and head for a trail to explore.

Family and dog friendly hiking. Good for all ages.

Getting to Diablo Canyon involves about 12 miles of Old Buckman Road, or as I call it, Old Washboard Road. At the trailhead through Diablo Canyon (popular with rock climbers) there are a few primitive campsites.

The sandy and rocky trail is family and dog friendly with the reward of meeting the Rio Grande at trail’s end — about a 2.5 mile hike in. The cool weather months are the best because summer might just give you a hint as to why it’s called Diablo Canyon.

We met up with our daughter, son-in-law and our grandkids and their two dogs.




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