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Turtleback Mountain/Caballo Cone in TorC

If you've ever driven up Interstate 25, you've definitely seen Turtle Back Mountain (aka Caballo Cone) towering over Caballo Lake and Elephant Butte Reservoir just outside Truth or Consequences. Sheryl is graciously leading a hike to the top for us!

Afterwards, the plan is to grab lunch, possibly at the Happy Belly Deli, and stop at a hot/mineral springs in TorC, probably the Riverbend Hot Spings. For the hot springs, please bring $10 cash, bathing suit, towel, etc along with your usual hiking implements (2–3 liters water, protein, and potassium-containing snack for the climb).

If you are a guest of the United States (i.e. non-citizen), there is a US Customs & Border Patrol checkpoint demarcating passage to/from what the ACLU calls a "Constitution-Free Zone". If this bothers you, donating to the ACLU and harassing your congress critters; otherwise please bring appropriate documentation of your entry into the US (passports, visas, etc—you know better what you need than we do). Group hikes are not the place to make a stand for your civil liberties.

DISTANCE is 4.5 mi.

ELEVATION GAIN is ~2200 ft gained.

FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas! Addtl. fee for hot springs (see description). I suggest a least 10.00. the trail head is about 85 miles one way.

DURATION: Finish by mid to late afternoon.

PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash), and if you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so.

SKILL LEVEL is *NOT* beginner friendly. No whiners!. Beginners are welcomed. This is a in and out hike , you can go as far as you want then turn around and wait for the rest of us by the trailhead. 

TERRAIN is high desert, with loose rocks, cacti, etc.


AFTERWARDS we will get late lunch in TorC, and may stop by a hot springs to relax. Please bring $10 cash.

MEET for carpool at:

• Las Cruces: 7:30 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map).

MORE information:

GPS track from EveryTrail

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  • Joseph Y.

    Wonderful view of the valley

    February 24, 2015

  • Valentina

    Excellent day! Laughed like crazy :)

    1 · February 23, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      .....especially our Valentina))) I wish you a good mood always))))

      2 · February 23, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was amazing))) thanks for everybody of my friends))) thank you Steve for your good job)))))
    see again)))

    1 · February 22, 2015

  • Lu H.

    Once again great hike, great people and great fun!

    1 · February 22, 2015

  • steven

    this is on trail

    1 · February 15, 2015

  • Joseph Y.

    Steve, is this entirely on-trail, or at least, is that the plan? My wife Cyndy is thinking of coming but she has knee issues and avoids scrambling etc.

    February 15, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Steve can you make this a sat hike instead??

    February 9, 2015

    • Amanda

      Actually just kidding, I'll be going to Soledad Canyon this weekend. So I wont be able to make this one after all :( sounds like a lot of fun though!!

      February 10, 2015

    • steven

      this hike is next sunday not this weekend, see you next week.

      February 11, 2015

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