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Church Rock Trail

Red Rock Park

Colorado Plateau, New Mexico

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  • Church Rock trailhead- Church Rock Trail
  • Church Rock trailhead- Church Rock Trail
  • The first part of the trail is very sandy--and brutal in the wind.- Church Rock Trail
  • Once above the wash, the trail is well marked.- Church Rock Trail
  • Rock cairns mark the trail.- Church Rock Trail
  • Some sections consist of steps cut  into the sandstone slope.- Church Rock Trail
  • Church Rock.- Church Rock Trail
  • Church Rock.- Church Rock Trail
  • Hiking on the rim of the canyon.- Church Rock Trail
  • More sandstone steps.- Church Rock Trail
  • Church Rock Trail.- Church Rock Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful scenery. Lightly used.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Colorado Plateau, NM
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
6,975.00 ft (2,125.98 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Total elevation gain: 
321.00 ft (97.84 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,683.00 ft (2,036.98 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Red Rock Park is a multi-use park just outside of Gallup. There is an amphitheater for musical events, a small campground, and a huge open area that hosts a balloon festival in December each year. One of the most popular features of the park are the two hiking trails that wind up into the red rock country to the north of the interstate.

Church Rock Trail is probably the most popular hike in the park, but it is still lightly-used and offers solitude and fabulous scenery. Starting from the small parking area near the campground and post office, the trail first traverses the previously-mentioned open space and then starts to climb lightly on the east side of the wash. There are frequent rock cairns to follow as well as signs. After reaching the end of the wash, the trail crosses to the west side of the canyon and climbs a series of steps carved in the sandstone to eventually reach the intersection with the Pyramid Trail. From here the Church Rock Trail heads up into a box canyon near the foot of the trail's namesake rock formation.

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