The Gallinas Nature Trail
This ½ mile self-guided
nature trail meanders through fields of native grasses and wildflowers, past
historic ruins, and descends approximately 250 feet into one of the many box
canyons that surround the Refuge. As you descend into the canyon, you'll find
an oasis in this arid zone - a small seep, surrounded by vegetation, which
provides habitat for an assortment of small fish, amphibians, crustaceans
and aquatic insects. Continuing on up the loop trail on the western side of
the canyon, enjoy being surrounded by the sweet smell of piñon, juniper
and ponderosa. Along this walk, listen for the call of a canyon wren and keep
a look out for wild turkey ahead or golden eagle above.
In order to protect wildlife on the Refuge and the historic sites in the area, this walk is open for day use only and requires a special use permit. Permits are free, and may be obtained at the Refuge Headquarters building between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.