What we're about

Here's a place where you can meet other backpacking enthusiasts! Join us on backpacking trips, meet other backpackers, discuss gear, find those "favorite" trails and have fun out there with others who enjoy the activity as much as you do!

Backpackers of all ability levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. We encourage anyone who's thought about backpacking to give it a try. Our trip descriptions will always include the level of difficulty, so you can decide whether it's the right trip for you or not. And what a great place to get advice if you're just starting out!

During the season (April thru October) we'll schedule 3 or 4 trips per month (and sometimes more) and we'll even work in a few trips during the months of March and November. Out of necessity the majority are weekenders. From time to time we schedule longer trips (3 or 4 days or more). During the winter we'll also plan a few backpacking trips along with some skiing, snowboarding & snowshoeing trips. Over this past season we scheduled over 50 backpacking trips and a couple "get to know everyone" cookouts! You can also check our message board for someone who might be planning a trip. So you've got a lot of opportunities to get out there and hit the trail!

Our Waiver & Release Form can be found here


and a signed copy is required before participating in any of our trips or events.

Please read our RSVP Policy which is found in our "Pages" (http://www.meetup.com/newmexicobackpackers/about/) section, and while you're there why not go ahead and read the entire page. There's a lot of useful information in there that our members should know!

Have any questions? Email the organizer, Bob F!

We hope you decide to join our group!


With the continued growth of our group we're looking for additional assistant organizers to plan a few trips or people who just want to organize a single trip during the season. If anyone is interested please contact the group organizer (Bob F) for all the details!

It's been one heck of a trip so far!!!

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Colorado: 4 Meadows: Elk Creek Trail 22 miles, South San Juan

Elk Creek Campground

Friday Meetup Location: Elk Creek Campground (Dispersed Camping, Look for the Orange Jeep) Arrival Time: 5:30 pm-ish Who Should Attend: Active backpackers that like distance and elevation along with stunning scenery and meadows. Hike Description: This is a beautiful four meadow hike in the South San Juan Wilderness, Colorado that follows the Conejos River. Each meadow is distinctly different and we will set up camp at the fourth meadow. This is an out and back hike. We will start at approximately 9,000ft and end at approximately 11,100ft, about 11 miles. For Friday - Day 1: Car Camping at the Trailhead. (Recommendation: A camp chair for Day 1 and also water, unless you want to filter it from the river). Saturday - Day 2: Backpack the Elk Creek Trail, starting at approximately 9,000ft and ending approximately at 11,100ft over 11 miles. We will set up camp at the fourth meadow. Sunday - Day 3: On Sunday, we will backpack out to our vehicles. Campfires: Currently banned as of 6/11/20 because of the dry conditions; however, propane stoves are still allowed. If fire restrictions increase and don't allow propane, I will reschedule this trip. Dogs and Limit: Dog park friendly ones allowed. There is a limit of only 4 dogs allowed and I have two. So, if you are bringing your dog, please send me an email when you RSVP for this trip. COVID-19 Notice: By attending this backpacking trip, you understand that the COVID-19 virus has a long incubation period during which carriers of the virus may not show symptoms and it is highly contagious. If you contract the virus, The NM Backpackers Meetup Group is not liable. If you have a fever, shortness of breath, a dry cough, a sore throat, headache, loss of taste or smell or other flu-like symptoms, please do not attend this backpacking trip and call the NM Coronavirus Hotline at[masked]. Waiver Info: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities so you only need to sign it once. If you haven't signed this form, please go to https://www.meetup.com/newmexicobackpackers/about and then download the form on the Google drive address provided on the page. Bring the signed form to the backpacking trip and give it to the leader. Deadline Info: The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is Tuesday, July 21, 2020. If you RSVP "Yes" for this trip, please plan on attending. Please read our RSVP Policy located in our "Pages" section. Drive Time to Trailhead/Camp Area: Approx. 3.5-4 hours or so from ABQ Location: Trailhead #731, South San Juan Wilderness, Colorado Trip Rating: Moderate+, due to elevation gain 2,000ft and mileage Total Trip Length: Approximately 22 miles Elevation Range: Approx. 9,000ft. to 11,100ft. Expected Temps: 80s day, 30s night

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