Trails

Juniper Trail 

*Bison are free roaming. For your safety and theirs, do not approach them. 

Location: From Interstate I-25 take exit 364 and turn west onto Highway 161. Continue on the NM 161 road 5.5 miles until you see a gravel road going north (County Road 016-Loma Parda County Road). Cross the cattle guard and continue down Loma Parda County Road approximately 1 mile until you get to the Juniper Trail parking lot.  (N 35.834030° W 105.078270°)

From Highway 518 take Highway 161 east from Buena Vista. Continue on the NM 161 road 14.5 miles until you see a gravel road going north (County Road 016-Loma Parda County Road. Cross the cattle guard and continue down Loma Parda County Road approximately 1 mile until you get to the Juniper Trail parking lot.  (N 35.834030° W 105.078270°)

Open Season: Open year round, ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Not open to biking or horseback riding. 

Length: 2 1/4 miles 

Route Type: Lollipop trail - A trail with a loop at the end of an out-and-back start/finish.

Surface: Natural surface - Dirt, Gravel, Rock 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Trail configuration: Information:  The Juniper trail winds through several types of habitat, including shortgrass prairie, piñon/juniper, oak, and coniferous forests. 

 Pets must remain leashed at all times.

When planning a trip to the Refuge, it is important to wear appropriate footwear, sturdy shoes for land excursions and to dress for the weather.  

Consider bringing: 

  • Water 

  • Food 

  • Binoculars 

  • Field guides 

  • A hat 

  • A walking stick

  • Sunscreen 

  • Insect repellent 

  • Anything else that might make your outdoor experience safer and more enjoyable 

NOTE: Most of the refuge has little to no cell phone service; therefore, visitors should leave a hiking plan with someone else.