Riding in Cruces Basin

Biking at Jawbone

Glacial scree in the Tusas

Fly fishing in Cruces Basin

Map of area, click to view larger image.

Directly behind the houses is the Carson National Forest and the south section of the Tusas ridge area, which goes up to over 9,000 feet and has timber, stock ponds, and many old logging roads. There is good easy horseback riding with plenty of places to explore. Riding farther back into the Forest is really the best. The mountains there are over 10,000 feet but not too steep so the riding is not just up and down trails to ridges. There are open meadows, trees, small streams with trout, and a lot of game, mostly elk. This area is prime country for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing and hunting.

The Cruces Basin Wilderness Area is to the northwest via a long gravel road. There is quicker access to good riding via the paved road #64 west to the Jawbone Mountain area. To the south and west are the very remote Vallecitos and Canjilon areas.

We've been exploring all these places for 25 years and have yet to tire of them. They are spectacular! We can show you some great loops. We'll provide maps and our help to find them.

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