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

Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
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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 described below.

What: Hiking to the top of Tonuco Mountain

Meeting Place: KMart: Del Rey and Telshor

Meeting Time: 7:30 am

Difficulty: moderate, ~800 ft elevation gain

Length: 5 miles

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: Yes. 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 weather will be hot this Saturday (92 °F), so also bring more than enough water and sunblock. Lots of interesting rocks, petroglpyhs, etc in the area.


Las Cruces: At 7:30 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap ( or Google Maps (,-106.76538&aq=&sll=32.2563,-106.7&sspn=0.015497,0.018582&ie=UTF8&ll=32.351135,-106.768591&spn=0.00774,0.01502&t=h&z=17))

Tunuco Mountain on SummitPost (