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Enchanted Rockies Trail

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by RedRunner87, May 20, 2020.

  1. May 20, 2020 at 2:09 PM
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    RedRunner87

    RedRunner87 [OP] Mall Crawler LVL Expert

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    First overland trip for the 4Runner!

    Enchanted Rockies Trail

    Starting point: Show Low, AZ

    I traveled from Colorado Springs to Phoenix to pick up drawers and roof rack cross bars from my buddy. We decided to get a jump on the Enchanted Rockies trail but cutting our Day 1 drive down so we shot up to Show Low, AZ to camp.

    [​IMG]IMG_8558 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
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    Day 1: Show Low, AZ to Lincoln, NM

    Time to top off the gas tank and start our journey to Lincoln

    [​IMG]Untitled by Vincent Torres, on Flickr

    New Mexico!!

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    Pie Town, NM! To bad everything was closed and we could not get any pie in Pie Town.

    [​IMG]IMG_8567 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr

    We decided to have lunch outside of the Very Large Array Radio Telescopes

    [​IMG]IMG_8568 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
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    Finally made it to the trail head for the Enchanted Rockies Trail

    [​IMG]IMG_8572 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
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    The beginning on the trail was pretty easy. Just a gravel dirt road, which was nice at the end of the day. We decided that we could get a little bit of a jump on this section of the trail while we found a camping spot.

    [​IMG]IMG_8574 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
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    We found a suitable campsite for the night

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  2. May 20, 2020 at 2:10 PM
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    Enchanted Rockies Trail

    Day 2

    On Day 2 we started in Lincoln, NM and traveled to Corona, NM. This section should be approximately 106 miles.

    As we traveling down the trail my buddy radios "Is that a water park ahead of us"?

    [​IMG]IMG_8586 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
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    It ended up being a Bible Ranch in the middle of no where.

    This section of trail wasn't hard, but it was rocky enough that we could only travel about 10mph's give or take.

    [​IMG]IMG_8597 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
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    Time to air up as we are about to hit the highway

    [​IMG]IMG_8616 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr

    ...well that section of highway was a lot shorter than we thought. At least this section was a lot of "County" roads. So we could pick up the pace.

    [​IMG]IMG_8617 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
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    We detoured to the Roswell Incident Site. This is the debris field left from the UFO

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    The obligatory fuel up picture

    [​IMG]Untitled by Vincent Torres, on Flickr

    This was on the drive up to the camp site. Free roaming cows everywhere.

    [​IMG]IMG_8627 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
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    Camp! This camp site had soooo many bugs it was crazy.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
     
  3. May 21, 2020 at 2:36 AM
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    MeefZah

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    Fuck yo' overlanding
    So far so good.

    Do you know what tent your friend has?
     
  4. May 21, 2020 at 7:08 AM
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    That’s the hardshell CVT
     
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  5. May 21, 2020 at 7:09 AM
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    Agent_Outside

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    Looks like fun, Enchanted Rockies is one I’ve been looking into lately.
     
  6. May 21, 2020 at 10:24 AM
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    Looks like a great trip. Thanks for posting.
     
  7. May 21, 2020 at 2:08 PM
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    RedRunner87

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    Hardshell CVT. I believe his is the discontinued model. He got like 40% off of it at the time.
     
  8. May 21, 2020 at 2:16 PM
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    Enchanted Rockies Trail

    Day 3

    For Day 3 we traveled from Corona, NM to Pecos, NM. This section is about 156 miles, but was a little bit more with the Bypass

    Beginning of Day 3

    [​IMG]IMG_8630 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr

    We had some more flat "County" roads till we hit the highway. We may have accidentally hit a cattle guard a little to fast and jumped both trucks. I definitely do not recommend doing this.

    [​IMG]IMG_8632 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr

    Got a little bit of pavement time

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    Found a cool tunnel right before the highway to get some "Gram" worthy pictures

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    We ended up doing the Bypass because the new owners of a property locked a gate you have to take. The Bypass according to LifeStyle Overland "TRAILERS, LARGE RIGS, OR STOCK RIGS NOT RECOMMENDED". I did this trail with stock suspension but I do have 255/80's(33's). I hit my skids a couple times and completely flexed the 4Runner out. It took us around 2.5 hours to go 12 miles. It is super slow going with a lot of rocks and off camber sections. We were also the first ones threw this section in awhile, so we had to scout out some sections to figure out where we were going. Plan on some extra time taking the Bypass.

    [​IMG]IMG_8653 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
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    Campsite with a killer view! Was totally worth the long drive of this section.

    [​IMG]IMG_8658 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
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  9. May 21, 2020 at 2:17 PM
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    That looks like a fun trip. Great pictures and thanks for sharing
     
  10. May 21, 2020 at 2:32 PM
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    It was a lot of fun! Some really cool sights to see in New Mexico
     
  11. May 22, 2020 at 8:31 PM
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    Enchanted Rockies Trail

    Day 4

    This section is from Pecos, NM to Angel Fire, NM. This section is about 140 miles and probably the most beautiful section.

    ...and we are off!

    [​IMG]IMG_8661 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr

    So many cows in NM

    [​IMG]IMG_8663 by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
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    Air up time again for the highway
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    ...so how do you know your friend is in from Phoenix? He makes you stop and take a picture when he sees snow.
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    RTT Problems

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    Camp! This camp site was absolutely amazing

    [​IMG] by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
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  12. May 23, 2020 at 8:24 AM
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    Great stuff! You happen to have a Gaia track of that route?
     
  13. May 23, 2020 at 8:28 AM
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    We followed Life Style Overland route. The only thing we did different was the Roswell side trail. I'll link everything in my last post.
     
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  14. May 24, 2020 at 7:04 AM
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    Enchanted Rockies Trail

    Day 5

    Today we were supposed to go from Angel Fire, NM to Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. But due to COVID-19 National Parks are closed. So we decided to detour and camp with a couple buddies in Colorado Springs, off of Rampart Range Road. One day we will have to finish the Angel Fire, NM to Estes Park.

    Airing up and heading to the The Springs

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    Made it to The Springs. Found a little mud and this was the end of our trip for this time.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Vincent Torres, on Flickr
     
  15. May 24, 2020 at 7:11 AM
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    Looks like a great trip! Thanks for sharing.
     
  16. May 24, 2020 at 7:12 AM
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  17. May 24, 2020 at 7:14 AM
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    Thank. Super bummed about GSDNP since I have never been there. I guess that just means a future trip to plan to finish this out.
     
  18. May 24, 2020 at 7:25 AM
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