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    High desert trails in Gallup. GTG? Now? Soon?

    Would like to get out last week of march. Hopefully camp in Mcgaffey, ride the high desert trails in Gallup. Thoughts and input appreciated.

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    I drove through Gallup on Thursday. Looked pretty dry. HDT is rideable all year. McGaffey is usually not good until May but probably worth checking.

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    McGaffey is in spring runoff, so maybe an earlier than normal opener this year, mid April?

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    High Desert should be wonderful in mid-April, since they moved Dawn to Dusk to May. (That there'll be a blizzard in Ruidoso on 4/13 is a foregone conclusion.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb View Post
    McGaffey is in spring runoff, so maybe an earlier than normal opener this year, mid April?

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    bsieb, I drove to McGaffey one afternoon while working in Gallup on way back to Alb. I was wondering what type of riding that area had to offer? On the drive up there, there looked to be some really cool big rock formations all around. Is that trail pretty techy or at least have techy sections? I had asked around and nobody I asked knew about that trail, just HD.

    Thanks.

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    See below...

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    There is a trail system at McGaffey (Hilso Trailhead) and also Twin Springs...

    Gallup Area Trails INFO - Gallup Trails

    These trails are very vulnerable when they are soaked during spring runoff, please wait until they are dry, probably another three weeks unless we get more snow.
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    Thread starter clarification. Just want to camp in Mcgaffey, not planning on riding there. I Know it's not typically ready to ride until later. Planning on riding high desert.

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    The roads (with locked gates) at McGaffey don't open until March 31, so you are limited to camping along the pavement or Danhof Road (best alternative). Of course the campgrounds won't be open until May 15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb View Post
    The roads (with locked gates) at McGaffey don't open until March 31, so you are limited to camping along the pavement or Danhof Road (best alternative). Of course the campgrounds won't be open until May 15.
    Thanks for info. Not able to find Danhof road on my either of my maps. Can you give me an idea where it is? ( national forest?) Also I have a small camper in tow, would it be appropriate and legal to stay there for a few nights? Small campfire? Thank you again!!

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    Yes to all above, it's a FS dispersed camping corridor. The Danhof Road turns right off NM400 about 9.5 mi. south of I-40 Exit 33. It's past the Hilso Trailhead and the Quaking Aspen Campground a couple miles, a 1/2 mi before the pavement turns to gravel, it's a biggish gravel road. You should be able to find a spot to pull off to the right within a 1/8th mile or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb View Post
    Yes to all above, it's a FS dispersed camping corridor. The Danhof Road turns right off NM400 about 9.5 mi. south of I-40 Exit 33. It's past the Hilso Trailhead and the Quaking Aspen Campground a couple miles, a 1/2 mi before the pavement turns to gravel, it's a biggish gravel road. You should be able to find a spot to pull off to the right within a 1/8th mile or so.
    Thank you so much for the info. Very kind!!

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    High Desert is dry, rode it on 3/17.

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    Hey bsieb,

    are you located in Gallup? i may be staying there for a week or so for work and would love to have a guided tour, if and when I do arrive.

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    Re: High desert trails in Gallup. GTG? Now? Soon?

    Yes, I live in Gallup, give a shout...
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