Mount Tonuco: Mouth of the Jornada del Muerto

Hosted by Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club

Public group


In collaboration with BLM, a CARTA group will caravan to Exit 32 and then take a maintained dirt road to the bottom of Tonuco Mountain. We will park on before entering the sandy arroyo and then hike along the arroyo to the rock art site. From the rock art site we will hike up the canyon and then bushwhack up to the jeep trail which will take us to the mine. From the mine, we will hike to the mesa top where we will have a marvelous view of the entrance to the Jornado del Muerto, the rio Grande as it winds north and south, the Robles, Doña Ana and San Andres Mountains . The hike is moderate to difficult. It begins and ends on a sandy river bed. The bushwhacking requires some scrambling. The jeep trail is rather steep at times, but if a jeep can do it, so can you! The distance is about 4 miles, the elevation gain is about 1000 feet, and time will be about 4 -5 hours. There is no cost but CARTA would be happy to take your membership or renewal. For further information: Troy Ainsworth ([masked]) limit: 15

DISTANCE is ~4 mi round-trip

ELEVATION GAIN is ~1000 ft gained.

FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

DURATION: 4–5 hours.

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* particularly beginner friendly.

TERRAIN sandy arroyos, dirt roads, low desert (cacti, yucca) landscape, etc.



MEET for carpool at:

Las Cruces: 8:00 am, in/outside Milagro Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. See map (OpenStreetMap ( or Google Maps (,-106.745166&aq=&sll=32.304328,-106.770802&sspn=0.057166,0.086174&ie=UTF8&ll=32.28755,-106.745288&spn=0.014929,0.021544&t=h&z=16)). Leaving 8 am sharp!