With nearly 300 documented natural sandstone arches and windows in the immediate area, Aztec underscores the ethereal, Nikon-prompting beauty of the American Southwest. Search out breathtaking Arch Rock in Hart Canyon, or visit spectacular Anasazi Arch in in Cox Canyon. GPS directions and maps are available at the Aztec Visitor Center or a www.aztecnm.com.
Trail DistanceVaried depending on locale. Hikes are from 100-feet to more than a half-mile from roads.
Many regional back-country roads, commonly referred to as oil and gas roads, are not maintained by any governmental agency. During or after inclement weather these roads can become rutted, bumpy and very slippery. Getting stuck or worse is a very real possibility, so we encourage the use of four-wheel-drive vehicles. Additionally, oil and gas roads change frequently—new roads are added when new wells are drilled. For added safety and comfort:
- Pack food and water (take more than you expect).
- Drive dependable transportation (with ample fuel).
- Take a first-aid kit, sunscreen, compass and GPS.
- Pack a topographical map.
- Charge your cell phone.
- Wear seasonal clothing.
- Be aware of rattlesnakes.
ADA Accessibility Notes
The land is owned by BLM and no formal trails have been established. Some arches are visible from the road, and many require easy, moderate or difficult hikes to access.
Pet Friendly Notes
Dogs are permitted on hikes, but be aware of rattlesnakes, pump jacks and cactus.