New Mexico Natural Arches & Bridges

There are many more natural arches and natural bridges in New Mexico than these...

This list runs from north to south

 

Cox Canyon Arch

Kathy, Rebekah and Raina play under Cox Canyon Arch, which is just south of the Colorado border... north of Aztec, NM.

 

beta facts:

name- Cox Canyon Arch

size- 43’ high x 35’ span

elevation- 6361’

GPS coordinates- ±36°59.872’N 107°54.554’W

ownership- BLM

access- is from Cedar Hill- west on BLM Road 2300 & north on 2310

nearest town- Cedar Hill is about 5 miles south of here

fun fact- ...this is a nice one... 

 

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Arrowhead Arch

AKA- Toltec Arch

 

Arrowhead Arch also-known-as Toltec Arch has an opening shaped like an arrowhead and is about the size of a person

 

beta facts:

name- Arrowhead Arch

size- about 6 feet

elevation- 9600’

GPS coordinates- ±35°59.029’N 106°18.430’W

ownership- Carson National Forest

access- is from Cumbres & Toltec Railroad

nearest town- Chama is about 20 miles southwest of here

fun fact- this arch is on the very brink of the most sublime precipice of the AMAZING, thousand-foot-deep, Toltec Gorge

 

Arrowhead/Toltec Arch is out on the brink of the same bedrock ridge as the upper Cumbres & Toltec Tunnel cuts thru.  One must climb out as far as possible on the first protruding ridge west of the tunnel.  This is neither advised nor legal... but it is extremely exciting and invigorating...!!!  ...another fact is that cross-tie-walking is trespassing and thus illegal... but it happens a lot and “us” cross-tie-walkers excite the passengers

 

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Corrumpa Arch

I walked thru the 6+ foot round-hole of this arch, without bumping my head

 

beta facts:

name- Corrumpa Arch

size- 6 feet

elevation- 5000’

GPS coordinates- ±36°42.813’N 103°08.950’W 

ownership- Private

nearest town- Clayton

fun fact- This was an over-nite stop on the Santa Fe Trail 

 

 

for more info see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/waterfalls/CorrumpaWaterfall.htm

 

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Cheerio Arch

Cheerio Arch is within the depths of one of New Mexico’s finest slot canyons: Big Canyon in the Chama Canyon Wilderness

See: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/BigCanyon.htm

 

beta facts:

name- Cheerio Arch

size- maybe two feet

elevation- 6800’

GPS coordinates- ±36°23.227’N 106°44.925’W

ownership- Santa Fe National Forest

access- is from Forest Road 8 see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/BigCanyon.htm

nearest town- Gallina is about 12 miles south of here

fun fact- I normally would NEVER post an arch this small... but Cheerio Arch is just too special…!!! 

 

Read the webpage link: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/BigCanyon.htm  ...and enjoy...!!!

 

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Randy’s Arch

Sorry that this big pine tree is in the way... Randy’s Arch is within the depths of one of New Mexico’s finest slot canyons: Big Canyon in the Chama Canyon Wilderness

See: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/BigCanyon.htm

 

beta facts:

name- Randy’s Arch

size- maybe 12’ high and 2’ wide

elevation- 7000’

GPS coordinates- ±36°23.083’N 106°45.117’W

ownership- Santa Fe National Forest

access- is from Forest Road 8 see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/BigCanyon.htm

nearest town- Gallina is about 12 miles south of here

fun fact- my friend Randy found this arch

 

Read the webpage link: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/BigCanyon.htm  ...and enjoy...!!!

 

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Alabaster Arch

 

Alabaster Arch is actually a natural bridge instead of a natural arch because a substantial watercourse flows thru it.

See: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Alabaster.htm

 

beta facts:

name- Alabaster Arch

size- about 25’ high x 15’ wide

elevation- 7100’

GPS coordinates- ±36°23.242’N 106°46.778’W

ownership- Santa Fe National Forest

access- from Llaves, NM is State Hwy 112 north 4.3 miles, then east 1.1 mile to 4WD Chupadero Road and south 3 miles to the Rio Gallina

nearest town- Gallina, NM is about 12 miles south of here

fun fact-  when traversing Alabaster Slot Canyon, the 80 foot high exit rappel passes thru the opening of Alabaster Arch

 

Alabaster Arch is beginning to weaken on its upstream west side.  Major cracks are appearing here and hopefully... it will not crumble and collapses very soon. 

 

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Talus Arch

AKA- Cat’s Eye Arch

My son Talus stands inside the arch that we found in 1974

 

beta facts:

name- Talus Arch ...more recently some call it Cat’s Eye Arch

size- 30’ high x 15’wide

elevation- 6500’

GPS coordinates- ±36°18.614’N 106°27.329’W

ownership- Carson National Forest

access- is from US Hwy 84 see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/TalusCan.htm

nearest town- Abiquiu is about 12 miles southeast of here

fun fact- a fine red sandstone natural arch... right near Hwy 84 

 

Read the webpage link: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/TalusCan.htm    ...and enjoy...!!!

 

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Red Wash Arch

Red Wash Arch is within Red Wash Canyon

See: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/RedWash.htm

 

beta facts:

name- Red Wash Arch

size- about 5 feet wide

elevation- 6200’

GPS coordinates- ±36°14.398’N 106°22.459’W

ownership- Carson National Forest

access- is from US Hwy 84 see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/RedWash.htm

nearest town- from HWY 84 about 3.6 miles west of Abiquiu

fun fact- this is a fine area, also having a natural bridge described immediately below here 

 

Read the webpage link: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/RedWash.htm   ...and enjoy...!!!

 

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Red Wash Natural Bridge

Red Wash Natural Bridge is within Red Wash Canyon

See: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/RedWash.htm

 

beta facts:

name- Red Wash Natural Bridge

size- 12’ wide x 6’ high

elevation- 6400’

GPS coordinates- ±36°14.515’N 106°22.525’W

ownership- Carson National Forest

access- is from US Hwy 84 see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/RedWash.htm

nearest town- from HWY 84 about 3.6 miles west of Abiquiu

fun fact- this is a fine area, also having a natural arch described immediately above here 

 

it is a steep climb (west) up out of Red Wash to visit this natural Bridge

Read the webpage link: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/RedWash.htm   ...and enjoy...!!!

 

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Plaza Blanca Arch

Plaza Blanca is Georgia O’Keeffe’s famous “White Place”

Plaza Blanca Arch is one of several natural arches found within this wonderful “White Place”

For more info and map see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/PlazaBCan.htm

 

beta facts:

name- Plaza Blanca Arch

size- about 10 feet high

elevation- 6100’

GPS coordinates- ±36°14.099’N 106°18.242’W

ownership- unknown

access- is from Dar La Islam Road 2 miles north of Abiquiu, NM

fun fact-everything is white

 

County Road 155 runs east and west on the other side of the Rio Chama north of Abiquiu, NM.  Drive underneath the Dar Islam sign/gate posts and on for almost a mile.  There is a parking area with signs, at the end of the road... park, hike and enjoy...! ! !

 

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Window Rock

Window Rock is a 40’ wide natural arch in a basalt dike                              Doug Murphy Photo 1972

 

beta facts:

name- Window Rock

size- 40’ wide x 25’ high

elevation- 6400’

GPS coordinates- ±36°07.578’N 106°13.149’W

ownership- Santa Fe National Forest

nearest town- Española is about 15 miles southeast of Window Rock

fun fact- In 1972 I drove my old hippie van out to it

 

In 1972 I drove my old hippie van out there, but now the area is closed to motor vehicles.  I used to know how to access Window Rock, but anymore... I do not.  However, a friend of mine Corey Norman sent these coords to me for the place to park: N 36° 07.965 W 106°09.946  

 

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Collins Arch

Named after Frank Collins the mayor of Cowles, NM... who found this arch off-trail in 1975

Collins Arch has a span of 35 feet, in Granitic bedrock, 1/3 of a mile southwest of Lake Johnson                           photos courtesy of Frank Collins

Frank himself poses for a photo the day he found Collins Arch in 1975

Photo below shows Collins Arch as viewed from the saddle between Santa Fe Baldy and Redondo Peak

Owen Henderson Photo

 

 

beta facts:

name- Collins Arch

size- 35’ wide x 15’ high

elevation- 11500’

GPS coordinates- ±35°51.141’N 106°44.563’W

ownership- Pecos Wilderness – Santa Fe National Forest

access- hike 1/3 mile southwest from Lake Johnson

nearest town- Cowles, NM is about 6 miles southeast of here

fun fact- Frank Collins nears 90 at his home up in the woods above Cowles, NM

 

 

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Cicuye Arch

...this is a very poor photo from on line... if you visit Cicuye Arch, PLEASE send us a better photo…!!!

 

beta facts:

name- Cicuye Arch

size- unknown

elevation- 7300’

GPS coordinates- ±35°34.324’N 105°36.117’W –very approximate

ownership- private land ...likely permission required

access- 4 miles east of Pecos in Cañon Ojo Sarco near County Road B44D

nearest town- Pecos is about 4 miles west of here

fun fact- we don’t know if the owners/locals love hikers or hate us... we have no idea...

 

...it seems to be right behind somebodies house...

 

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Un-named Arch at Water Canyon

 

This natural arch is adjacent to Hwy 4 between Whiterock and Bandelier 

 

beta facts:

name- Arch

size- feet

elevation- 00’

GPS coordinates- ±°.’N °.’W

ownership- ? National Forest

access- is from

nearest town- ? is about ? miles ? of here

fun fact- ? 

 

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Frijoles Arch

Frijoles Arch spans about 12 feet and the opening is about 20 feet high

 

beta facts:

name- Frijoles Arch

size- 20’ high x 12’wide

elevation- 7300’

GPS coordinates- ±35°49.032’N 106°22.154’W

ownership- Bandelier National Monument

access- is from Upper Frijoles Crossing Trail

nearest town- Los Alamos is about 6 miles northeast of here

fun fact- after the fire burned all the trees, I could plainly see the arch 

 

Take Upper Frijoles Crossing Trail to Frijoles Creek and walk upstream a quarter mile or so... then climb up on the steep north side canyon slopes

This is an amazing, large rock formation... likely a hundred feet high

 

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Bernalillito Arch

Bernalillito Arch is about 15’ high and 10’ wide            Corey Norman Photo

 

beta facts:

name- Bernalillito Arch

elevation- 6100’

GPS coordinates- ±35°30.296’N 106°56.062’W

ownership- BLM – Ojito Wilderness

nearest town- San Ysidro is about 11 miles ENE of here

fun fact- it is a bit cracked and crumbling some but it shouldn’t collapse for a few years yet...???

 

access

A couple miles south of San Ysidro on Hwy 550, turn southwest on Cabezon Road.  Follow the left fork approximately 9¼ miles to an Ojito Wilderness sign and continue almost 1¾ mile to a developed
parking area on the left side of the road.  It's a small gravel lot at the trailhead.  Hike the Hoodoos Trail past all the large hoodoo formations along the base of Bernalillito Mesa.  Informal trails
continue around the north side of the mesa.  Stay south as the mesa withdraws to the south, stay close to the base of the mesa.  Bernalillito Arch is up at the south end of this recessed
area of Brenalillito Mesa.
 
Thanx Corey for this great discovery...! ! ! 

 

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Guadalupe Arch

Guadalupe Arch appears in Wingate Sandstone

There are many more natural arches in this lower Cañon Guadalupe area... but… but… they are actually DIRT...!!!

see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Guadalupe.htm

 

beta facts:

name- Guadalupe Arch

size- guessing- 8’wide x 15’high

elevation- 5900’

GPS coordinates- ±35°31.777’N 107°09.352’W

ownership- BLM

access- is from Highway 279

nearest town- Cabezon, NM is about 8 miles northeast of here

fun fact- don’t get in the quicksand... it is true quicksand that can suck you in at free-fall speed... no joke. 

 

For more info see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Guadalupe.htm -and please right-click yourself a copy of our map.  When you hike up Cañon Guadalupe from HWY 279 be sure to park and hike before the highway crosses Guadalupe Creek otherwise sheer and crumbly dirt cliffs 40’ high will block your access...  whereas the north side hiking is open and you can easily cross Rito Guadalupe upstream one mile above the highway, at the ten foot high waterfall that drops over a “dirt” cliff.  Guadalupe Arch is right there.

 

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Salado Arch

 

Salado Arch is in beautiful Cañon Salado not far from where this photo below was taken

Rito Salado is a beautiful spring-fed stream flowing thru a forested canyon with sheer sandstone walls

For more info see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Salado.htm

 

beta facts:

name- Salado Arch

size- very small... maybe a 5 foot span

elevation- 6800’

GPS coordinates- ±35°30.311’N 107°14.669’W

ownership- Cibola National Forest

access- is from above off Forest road 239A

nearest town- Cabezon is about 12 miles northeast of here

fun fact- this place is an unknown beauty....!!! 

 

...a fairly nice trail takes you off of Mesa Chivato 1000’ elevation above the Rito Salado.  The trail starts near GPS: ±35°31.380’N 107°15.832’W and runs east off the point of the mesa.  It drops more than 1000’ in about a mile and a half.  It is beautiful... and the bottom is even more beautiful…!!!  Be sure to visit this link to right-click-save-as your own copy of our map: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Salado.htm

 

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Tapia Arch

Tapia Arch appears in Wingate Sandstone in Cañon Tapia a mile and a half upstream from the 4WD parking area

see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Tapia.htm

 

beta facts:

name- Tapia Arch

size- guessing- 12’wide x 20’high

elevation- 6000’

GPS coordinates- ±35°30.021’N 107°10.366’W –unsure, but close...

ownership- BLM

access- is from Highway 279

nearest town- Cabezon, NM is about 10 miles northeast of here

fun fact- this is an unforgettable place 

 

For more info see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Tapia.htm  -and please right-click yourself a copy of our map.  When you hike up Cañon Tapia remember this area is closed three times each year for Native American Festivities.  See photo of the sign below:

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Tapia Natural Bridge

The photo above is looking at the back side of Tapia Natural bridge... from the mouth of the slot canyon.  the photo below is the front side from Cañon Tapia

Tapia Natural Bridge appears in Wingate Sandstone in Cañon Tapia a strong two and a half miles upstream from the 4WD parking area

see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Tapia.htm

 

beta facts:

name- Tapia Natural Bridge

size- 65’span x 25’ high opening

elevation- 6100’

GPS coordinates- ±35°29.834’N 107°10.931’W

ownership- BLM

access- is from Highway 279

nearest town- Cabezon, NM is about 11 miles northeast of here

fun fact- this is an unforgettable place with a slot canyon above the natural bridge

 

For more info see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Tapia.htm  -and please right-click yourself a copy of our map.  When you hike up Cañon Tapia remember this area is closed three times each year for Native American Festivities.  See photo of the sign below:

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Cañon Canoa Arches

There are many natural arches within Cañon Canoa Slot Canyon.  None of them have names.

 

beta facts:

name- None of these many arches have names.

size- up to 5 feet openings

elevation- 7000’at the top down to 6700’at the bottom

GPS coordinates- ±35°27.264’N 107°12.897’W

Ownership- BLM

access- is from Tapia Canyon –see above

nearest town- NONE

fun fact- these natural arches are within an amazing slot canyon

 

 

see also- http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Canoa.htm

 

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Cañada Ancha Arch

 

Cañada Ancha means Big wide canyon in English... and it is a big wide canyon downstream a few miles from this extremely narrow slot canyon portion

See: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Ancha.htm

 

beta facts:

name- Ancha Arch

size- 20’ high x 10’ wide

elevation- 6450’

GPS coordinates- ±35°27.253’N 107°12.892’W

ownership- is checkerboard – BLM, State, BIA and private lands

access- is from Cañon Tapia ...it is a long walk, about 9 miles one way

nearest town- Cabezon is about 15 miles northeast of here

fun fact- nobody visits this place 

 

My friend Steve was hiking up Ancha Slot Canyon, a few feet ahead of me when he turned to ask, “What makes a natural arch, a natural bridge?”  “A natural bridge has either a perennial stream or an intermittent water-course flowing under it.” I replied, “why do you ask?”  ...his smile gave him away... I stepped forward and gasp, “What a fine natural arch...!”  Visiting in the Jeep with him later I boldly stated, “I am going to name this arch Steven’s Arch.”  “There is already a Stevens Arch.” He declared sharply.  ...which I knew... “Yes, but this Steven’s Arch is spelled differently.  It has an apostrophe between the last two letters.”  I knew he would NOT like this, but I thought I was being quite tricky.... and I really don’t know if this is a natural arch or a natural bridge.....

 

 

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Sandia Arch

Sandia Arch is upon a high ridge between the two upper forks of the South Fork of Cañon del Agua.  This natural arch is about 7 feet wide by 7 feet high.

 

This photo below shows both Sandia Arch and Little Sandia Arch... as seen from the north

 

Little Sandia Arch is best reached with ropes and gear 

Owen Henderson Photo 2010

 

...and the hole of this “third” arch below would be much larger if it were free from several large, loose rocks and boulders resting inside of its opening...

The photo above is of the north-facing side of this arch and the photo below is of its south-facing side... perhaps “Cluttered Arch” is a good name for it.

 

beta facts:

name- Sandia Arch

size- 7’ high x 7’ wide

elevation- 9500’

GPS coordinates- ±35°14.357’N 106°27.416’W

ownership- Cibola National Forest

nearest town- Albuquerque is about 10 miles southwest of here

fun fact- This is a fine natural arch 

 

I first found Sandia Arch from the North Crest Trail in 1974... This is a very exciting and worthy destination that can be reached via a 6 mile round-trip excursion with 2000’ vertical.   The last half mile from Cañon del Agua Overlook to Sandia arch is a steep bushwhack descent thru aspens... but very do-able...

 

Below are some important GPS coords for Sandia Arch:

Parking- ±35°14.353’N 106°27.418’W

Cañon del Agua Overlook- ±35°14.272’N 106°26.996’W

Sandia Arch- ±35°14.357’N 106°27.416’W

Little Sandia Arch- ±35°14.393’N 106°27.483’W

Cluttered arch- ±35°14.446’N 106°27.275’W – approximate

 

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Ramah Natural Bridge

...a photo online showing about 100 Mormon settlers on, in and around Ramah Natural Bridge

WOW...

 

beta facts:

name- Ramah Natural Bridge

size- uknown

elevation- unknown

GPS coordinates- 35° 15' 2.90 N  108° 30' 29.47W –this is how the GPS coords are written online

ownership- Cibola National Forest or private land –it is near the line but unknown which...???

access- Blind Canyon or likely a tributary thereof...

nearest town- Ramah, NM is about 12 miles south of here

fun fact- WOW... we gotta find this cool place...!!!

I wonder if all those Mormon Settlers will still be sit’n around there when we show up…???

 

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Painted Arch

Led by a whim... I climbed WAY steep rocks up to take this photo in 1974...

 

beta facts:

name- Painted Arch

size- 25’ high x 20’ wide

elevation- 7200’

GPS coordinates- very approximate: ±34°52.215’N 107°52.777’W

ownership- BLM Public Land

access- is from State Hwy 117

nearest town- Grants is about 15 miles north of here

fun fact- ...unknown and Amazing…!!! 

 

I am itching to return to this place...!!!

I just stopped along Hwy 117 and hiked up there... but now I have noticed that Painted Arch can be seen from the highway... way-high up on a far-away ridge...

 

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La Ventana Arch

La Ventana Arch has the second longest span of any known arch in New Mexico

 

 

beta facts:

name- La Ventana Arch

size- 135’ wide x 80’ high

elevation- 7300’

GPS coordinates- ±34°52.154’N 107°53.335’W

ownership- BLM

access- is from New Mexico State Hwy 117

nearest town- Grants is about 15 miles north of here

fun fact- this is a big, nice arch  

 

On USGS topos this arch is marked seven-tenths of a mile east northeast of its true location... but MyTopo.com has it correct

 

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Un-named Arch

This may not be a true natural arch if the top portion does not “mate” with the cliff

...but it is beautiful...!!!

 

beta facts:

name- none

size- about maybe... 50’ high x 20’ wide

elevation- 7200’

GPS coordinates- very approximate: ±34°53.339’N 107°55.070’W

ownership- BLM

access- is from New Mexico State Hwy 117

nearest town- Grants is about 15 miles north of here

fun fact- if the top portion of rock does not mate with the cliff, then this is not a true arch 

 

 

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Dog’s Head Arch AKA: Indian Creek Arch

Dog’s Head Arch also known as Indian Creek Arch appears well above Indian Creek Trail #48, on the southeastern slopes of the San Mateo Mountains, about 35 miles north of Truth or Consqences.  There are two separtate Creeks in the San Mateo Mountains by the name of Indian Creek.  This Indian Creek is a tributary to Nogal Canyon flowing east into the Rio Grande.  Forest Road #225 accesses the Trail #48 Trailhead.

 

The photo below shows a small arch in this same area... ah... I’d say a bit difficult to access...

 

 

beta facts:

name- Dog’s Head Arch

size- estimated opening size is 25 feet

elevation- approx- 7350’

GPS coordinates- ±33°37.131’N 107°22.512’W

ownership- Cibola National Forest

access- is from Forest Road #225 and Trail #48  -this is a strong 5 mile hike one-way...!!!

nearest town- Truth or Consequences is about 35 miles south of here

fun fact- There is an un-explored North Fork Indian Creek, right nearby, that looks to be extremely rocky, steep and narrow... more so than around Dog’s Head Arch.

 

The photos and info on Dog’s Head Arch was submitted by Randy Simons

 

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Cooney Arch or Mineral Creek Arch

 

Cooney Arch AKA Mineral Creek Arch is in the lower reaches of amazing Mineral Creek Canyon

beta facts:

name- Cooney Arch AKA Mineral Creek Arch

size- unknown

elevation- unknown

GPS coordinates- unknown

ownership- Gila National Forest

access- is from Gila National Forest Road 701

nearest town- Mogollon is about 2 miles south of here

fun fact- Mineral Creek Canyon should be on every New Mexican’s bucket list 

 

 

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Keyhole Arch

Keyhole Arch has very interesting hoodoos gathered around it... who seem to be admiring it.

 

beta facts:

name- Keyhole Arch

size- ?’ high x ?’ span

elevation- 6900’

GPS coordinates- ±33°13.726’N 108°39.849’W

ownership- Gila National Forest

access- is from Rain Creek Trailhead up the old abandon trail going up Rain Creek to it’s upper reaches... 

nearest town- Pleasanton is about 14 miles west of here

fun fact- Thank You Ben Billings for sending this wonderful arch in to us…!!!

 

The trail leading up here is the old Rain Creek Divide Trail... which has been abandon by the Forest Service BUT maintained by a volunteer citizen.  Keyhole Arch can be seen with a telephoto lens, from this trail.

 

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Sacaton Arch

Found by my friend Jay Hemphill in 2015

 

Sacaton Arch is believed to have a span of 75 feet in Gila Conglomerate bedrock

 

beta facts:

name- Sacaton Arch

size- 75’wide x 35’ high

elevation- 7500’

GPS coordinates- ±33°14.603’N 108°42.081’W

ownership- Gila National Forest

access- is 2.5 miles up Sacaton Trail then a 200’ climb up the steep north side canyon slopes

nearest town-Glenwood, NM is about 15 miles northwest of here

fun fact- GREAT FIND JAY... ! ! !

 

essay bro

this is a tuff one to climb up to... and very likely there are more natural arches in this area

 

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Mineral Creek Arch

Mineral Creek Arch appears on USGS 7.5 minute topos                                   Devon Fletcher Photo

 

This is one of the more wonderful hikes in New Mexico…!!!

Do not confuse this with Cooney Arch AKA Mineral Creek Arch listed above.  These are two different arches... many miles apart, but both within the Gila National Forest.

 

beta facts:

name- Mineral Creek Arch

size- approx.- 20 feet wide x 10 feet high

elevation- 6800’

GPS coordinates- ±32°58.480’N 107°43.653’W

ownership- Gila National Forest

access- is from Gila National Forest Road 157 S

nearest town- Kingston is about 5 miles south of here

fun fact- about a mile upstream from here is beautiful Mineral Creek Falls ...75 feet high...!!!

see: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/waterfalls/mineralcreekkingston.htm

 

75’ high Mineral Creek Falls

 

 

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Percha Arch

“Perch” in English

Percha Arch is in Percha Creek Canyon 3.8 miles downstream from the town of Hillsboro, NM

See: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/PerchaNarroWicks.htm

 

beta facts:

name- Percha Arch

size- about six feet

elevation- 4950’

GPS coordinates- ±32°54.845’N 107°31.060’W

ownership- BLM

access- is from three different dirt roads east of Hillsboro

nearest town- Hillsboro is about 3.8 miles west of here

fun fact- easy to get to and a great winter hike 

 

 

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Percha Cliffs Arch

 

Percha Cliffs Arch is about 6 feet in diameter and is less than a mile downstream from Percha Arch listed above

See: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/PerchaNarroWicks.htm

 

 

beta facts:

name- Percha Cliffs Arch

size- 6 feet

elevation- 4950’

GPS coordinates- ±32°55.196’N 107°30.512’W

ownership- BLM

access- is from three different dirt roads east of Hillsboro 

nearest town- Hillsboro is about 4.5 miles west of here

fun fact- easy to get to and a great winter hike    

 

 

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Percha Highway Arch

Percha Highway Arch is above the highway bridge 5 miles west of Hillsboro and it is marked on USGS 7.5 min topos as “nat arch” an abbreviation of the words natural arch

 

beta facts:

name- Percha Highway Arch

size- estimate: 20 feet high x 10 feet wide

elevation- 5900’

GPS coordinates- ±32°55.059’N 107°38.794’W

ownership- unknown but possibly private land

access- is from Hwy 152

nearest town- Kingston is about 4 miles west of here

fun fact- it’s pretty  

 

 

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Doña Ana Arch

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Doña Ana Arch is in the Doña Ana Mountains of southern New Mexico

 

beta facts:

name- Doña Ana Arch

size- some bigger than the motorcycle that is parked next to it in the photo above

elevation- unknown

GPS coordinates- unknown

ownership- unknown

access- unknown

nearest town- somewhere north of Las Cruses

fun fact- maybe we will learn more about this arch soon

 

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beta facts:

name- Arch

size- ?’ high x ?’ span

elevation- 00’

GPS coordinates- ±°.’N °.’W

ownership- ? National Forest

access- is from

nearest town- ? is about ? miles ? of here

fun fact- ? 

 

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Other New Mexico natural arch links:

http://naturalarches.org/db/arches/newmexico.htm

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