Bosque Trail Loop is a 15.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estancia, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length15.9 kmElevation gain724 mRoute typeLoop
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HikingOff trailOver grown

The road straight up from Torreon is very rough, with mud ruts so deep my SUV bottomed out a couple of times. Coming via turnoff in Tajique is a little smoother. Parked at the lowest elevation of the loop. After passing Comanche Trail and turning onto the Manzano Crest Trail, after maybe half a mile what had been a recently maintained trail became a trail that hadn’t been maintained for a good many years. It was essentially a bushwhack, though there were ties marking the remains of the trail. Not sure what the bush is called, but it has what looks like oak leaves and sometimes grows into a tree. This type of bush is abundant on south-facing high altitude slopes and is hell to bushwhack through. I wore shorts and my legs got pretty ripped up. The way cleared up at the top of the ridge around 9250 feet. I followed a trail that turned west off Manzano Crest trail and eventually curved around the front of Bosque peak. If you go straight east from where I took a second picture instead of curving to the north as I did, you can mostly go through an open field in the middle of the bosque. This forest is unique. Aspens stunted and gnarled by the local climate. I took a picture of the B-17 crash but missed the cemetery. The crash happened near the end of WWII and the two pilots apparently survived, which is hard to believe looking at the wreckage. After going north from the crash, I turned northwest instead of northeast at mile 6. Northeast is where the cemetery would have been. The open field to the north of the bosque was breathtaking (as was the one on the south side at 4.4 miles). I missed the trail with the cave on the way down. There is a newer and older version of the upper part of Bosque Peak trail and the newer version avoids the cave. The USGS topo map has the old version and the cave is near to the bottom before the two trails join back up again. Going down a road on the final stretch was actually fairly scenic. If you were feeling adventurous you could leave the road and head down a meadow at the bottom of the valley, starting where I took a picture. Some quantity of the bottom portion of this meadow is private land though. If I did this again, I would make it a balloon rather than a loop, starting and ending at the Bosque Peak trailhead and going like this. Hang right and keep on the new version of the upper Bosque peak trail (where there are logs blocking the old version), and head to the meadow to the north of the bosque. Then double back to the trail and visit the cemetery and crash, before going through the bosque to the front of the mountain. After that follow the trail that loops around the bosque to the south, turn north on the Manzano Crest trail before the turn off onto the old Bosque Peak trail where you can see the cave.

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I must confess that I think I would have enjoyed this hike a little more if a) I hit it when the leaves were turning or b) I'd done a little more research. A previous hiker mentioned and posted pics of a B-17 crash site and former homestead. I didn't do the research on specifics before I got there and it wasn't obvious or readily posted where they were at. I checked when I returned and both are near Bosque Peak. You have to look a little bit to locate some old threads about their location. That being said, there were some nice views along the crest (miles 3-6). I ran the loop counterclockwise and would recommend that. You get your big ascent done and can enjoy a slow descent. One other aspect of the trail I didn't enjoy was that the last 2 miles were along a road. Again, I didn't put in the research. If you get to the crash site and old homestead that would probably bump this to a 4 for me. All, in all though--this is an investment of time to get here of about 1:15 each way from ABQ; I'm not sure I'd head out here again unless I could get some fall leaves or spring wildflowers.

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Trail is easy to follow until reaching the crest (follow the pink ribbons). Tons of sights and history. A cave, B-17 wreck, and early 20th century homestead plus grave site. Watch for grazing cattle. This hike is surprisingly worthwhile for a short few miles of investment. Approach trailhead via dirt road to Fourth of July campground out of Tajique. Google the trail for gps coords of various POI and directions.

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