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Tonuco Mountain-Exploratory­ Hike; Lunch at Sparky's after

. You will need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to the closer trailhead. If you have a 4x4 and are willing to drive please list in the comments. If there is not enough space in 4 wheel drive vehicles there is a trailhead that you do not need a 4x4 (longer walk). Everything listed below is from previous hikes in the area, since this will be an exploratory hike, events might not be exactly as describe

What:   Hiking to the top of Tonuco Mountain

When:  Sat, May 24

Meeting Place: KMart: Del Rey and Telshore

Meeting Time:  8:00

Length:  6  miles approx.

Type:  off trail, it will be a loop hike

Hiking time: 4/5 hours

Bring:  Plenty of water, snacks, sunblock, hat (if needed documentation for border patrol checkpoint on I-25)

Cost: None for hike, but bring money for food, and if you carpool please remember to compensate your driver.

Pets: As far as I know they are allowed. Please bring leash and check with other people before unleashing. 

After: Lunch at Sparky's in Hatch-Burgers and BBQ (

Other: This hike is described in Greg Magee's book Day Hikes and Nature Walks in the El Paso-Las Cruces Area. According to the book and multiple sources, we will see petroglyphs and get to explore a old fluorite mine.

This hike is off trail, bring good boots and trekking poles. The high will be in the 80s this Saturday, so also bring more than enough water and sunblock. Lots of interesting rocks, petroglpyhs, etc in the area.


Las Cruces: At 8:00 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps)

Tunuco Mountain on SummitPost

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Its a great place

    May 24, 2014

  • Art

    Steve, would the road be suitable for my Subaru Forester which is all wheel drive?

    May 22, 2014

    • Yubao

      It is 4 wheel drive, right? Besides, there are usually enough high elevation vehicles on a hike. Why worry? Further more, it is not absolutely necessary to have high elevation vehicles. People go there for a walk, it matters not much if the walk is a bit longer. Am I right?

      May 22, 2014

    • Samat

      There issue is it's a bit sandy at the closer trailhead, so 4-wheel or all-wheel drive should be fine (high ground clearance not needed). There's a trailhead next to the interstate (which is where I park myself) if you don't mind walking the extra distance.

      May 22, 2014

  • allen d.

    Steve can I hop a ride with you, as my Mazda 3 is NOT 4 wheel drive, LOL?

    May 21, 2014

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