Columbine Creek Trail Horseback Riding

The 11th most popular equestrian trail in New Mexico.

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West of Red River and east Questa, the Columbine Creek Trail is an eight mile one-way horseback riding route up the steep and rocky route along the namesake stream in surprisingly lush deciduous forest. The horseback riding route begins at 8,000 feet and climbs through pine and aspen forests on the way to 11,200. About a mile from the trailhead, the route also interests with the Columbine-Twinning National Recreation Trail.

The trailhead is on the south side of NFS Columbine Campground. The campground is located 8 miles west of Questa on the south side of SR38.

Overall, Columbine Creek Trail is the 11th most popular horse trail of all 22 horseback rides in New Mexico.

Columbine Creek Trail near Red River (NM/US)

Columbine Creek Trail near Red River (NM/US)

Columbine Creek Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  CNF (505) 586-0520; Red River CoC (800) 348-6444; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM.

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  NFS Columbine Campground

Luxury Loding:  Sundance B&B, Red River (505) 754-2321

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  36.57744, -105.51575

Date Published:  12/27/2015

Date Updated:  6/24/2016

ID:  14319

Columbine Creek Trail Horseback Riding Map


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