Ortega Falls


  Left-hand side of Ortega Canyon Falls 15’      Right-hand side of Ortega Canyon Falls 25’              Ortega Mesa Falls 60’ high

May of 2009 was kinda dry around these parts… so these beautiful waterfalls were only trickling


beta facts:

name- Ortega Falls

height- Ortega Canyon Falls right side 15’ high, left side 25’ high… Ortega Mesa Falls 60’ high

elevation- 7400’

GPS coordinates- Ortega Canyon Falls - 3618.506’N 10457.648’W

Ortega Mesa Falls - 3617.528’N 10456.405’W

flow- minimal

season- spring, summer & fall

accommodations- none

ownership- New Mexico State Land

access- 4WD road then trail-less hiking …see map below

nearest town- Rayado is about 5 miles north of here

fun fact- very, very few people ever visit this place


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I hiked here in early May of 2009… some-what of a dry year.  Ortega Mesa was covered with Wild Iris that was not yet in bloom and a herd of 30 elk grazed 50 yards east of me.  What a deliteful place this is.  A special use permit for recreation is required to legally enter these beautiful state owned lands.  This permit can be purchased for $25 a year from the New Mexico State Land Office at     310 Old Santa Fe Trail     PO BOX 1148      Santa Fe, NM  87504.     


Enhanced National Geographic 7.5’ topo map

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