Reviewed by Haafu on June 7, 2012
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Cebolla Mesa is an excellent place to get away from it all. The campground is at the very edge of the Rio Grande Gorge and offers some beautiful views. Sunrise on the mesa was beautiful as was the view of the night sky. A large number of stars can be seen as well as a portion of the Milky Way. Several of the tent areas are slightly away from the rest and give the illusion of being secluded. There are no showers, no running water, and only vault toilets but there also isn't a fee. We camped in October near the end of the season, there were no other campers, mostly day hikers, perhaps because the evening temps were down to 28 degrees. The hike down to the Rio Grande is brief, only 1.6 miles but you drop approximately 1000 feet in elevation. The trail is mainly switchbacks and pretty steep in some places with areas covered in pebbles. I ended up using a walking stick and found it very helpful in keeping me upright. The trail ends at a log bridge that crosses the Red River, where it connects with the La Junta and Little Arsenic Trails in the Wild & Scenic River Corridor. To get here take StateRoad 522 north from the old blinking light (north of Taos) to Forest Road 9, across from the community of Lama. Turn left and go about 4 miles. The road is rough and I imagine would be nearly impassable during wet weather, however I did make it in my Honda FIT.
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