Spring fever is starting to creep into my senses. Spring is my favorite season especially when the colors start to paint the landscape with green leaves and the blooming of wild flowers. It’s pure serenity when you feel the warm air and sunshine upon your face as well as the accomplishment you feel after a long hike. We are lucky to have such a vast enchanted landscape with remote places to get away and explore. Josh gave us a book entitled “60 Hikes within 60 Miles” Albuquerque edition. We have enjoyed it so much and it includes many unknown places that we had no idea existed. Recently we made a beautiful trip to the Ojito Wilderness on the Hoodoo trail. It’s roughly 35 miles north and west of Albuquerque with the last 15 miles being a washboard dirt road. Once you get there you will find an easy 4 mile trail with a beautiful landscape and a few areas dotted with hoodoos varying in size and shape. These hoodoos are mostly sandstone with swirls of layers and color. While not as large or perfectly cone shaped like “Tent Rocks” they are each unique in their formations. There was wind along the trail with trees that look as if they had twisted over the years leaving behind some artistic bark and limbs. I’ve always been fascinated by these twisted art sculptures formed by nature. Here’s a few of our favorite views from the Hoodoo Trail in the Ojito Wilderness!
You can see the layers of colors that swirl throughout these hoodoo formations.
Each hoodoo is subject to interpretation. For instance I see Jaba the Hutt every time I look at this hoodoo.
Along the bottom it’s hard to see where the hoodoo ends and the sand begins.
Streaks of color run through this hoodoo.
More grooves carved with color across the hoodoo.
There were several lone hoodoos that looked as if a flat rock or hat had been placed on their peak.
Another example with a topper.
Camel. . . dinosaur . . . what do you see?
Our guide book suggested hiking up to this lookout spot.
On our trek up we spotted this little tree hanging on for life!
The views from above looking out over the landscape.
Welcome to the land of twisted trees!
This was our view at the end of the trail.
Hope you enjoyed our trip through the Ojito Wilderness Hoodoo Trail.
2 thoughts on “Ojito Wilderness Hoodoo Trail”
Fabulous photos of a truly enchanted part of New Mexico. It’s been about 30 years since I’ve been there so I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting it through your eyes and camera. There weren’t many other hikers when we were there which made it quite nice. Was it very busy when you went?
One of the things that drew me back to New Mexico was the photos shared on social media of places I had never been to or even knew about. Joe and I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring these little hidden places that are so beautiful and “enchanting”. There were more cars parked at the bike trails than at the walking trails at Ojito Wilderness. We only saw a handful of people hiking which gave us the opportunity to take our time and take lots of pictures.