Holiday Inn Express Bernalillo

119 Bell Lane, Bernalillo, NM, 87004
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Travel Tips for Bernalillo

Ojitos Wilderness trail ettiquette

by kymbanm

When we took the Puni views hike, we noticed an area above the excavation site where there were neatly stacked stones. When we passed on our way 'in' there where 2 stacks. Though we heard and never saw anyone else while we were there, we notices a 3rd stack of stones on our way 'out'. At this point we began to look for a path down the steep mesa top. We did see a method down, a bit rocky and steep, but passable. This almost path leads down toward the Seimosaurus excavation site ... I took this to mean the locals let others know they are down there by leaving these markers :)

Though the tracks were well worn, locals have been great at keeping this region as close to it's natural state as possible. We saw no litter anywhere along our journey, and even we were good at packing out what we packed in. So many natural areas are dirtied by visitors ... it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling to know that we as a community are taking care of this gift of nature.

Ojitos Wilderness: Colored Bluffs Hike

by kymbanm

Take I-25 north from Albuquerque. Take the Hwy 550 (West) exit and drive through the town of Bernalillo. After you leave town, you'll continue along 550 .... noticing bits of Rio Rancho suburbia along the left side of the road. About mile marker 21 is a road to your left, Cabezon Rd. Take Cabezon road and stay to the left of the immediate fork. This will keep you on the gravel road. As you make this turn, hit your odometer/trip meter to mark your progress. The first 4 miles of this road is pueblo land and you are not to wander off the main road. At the 4 mile mark you will cross a cattle guard marked with a sign, "Public Lands-Ojito".

As you cross this mark, you will see a pull out to your right, this is the parking area of the Colored Bluffs Hike. You will see a two track to the north. Take this track and you will end up in a sheltered area surrounded by multicolored bluffs and badlands of red, white, buff, grey and orange soil and rocks. You can scramble up the clay badlands to the west of this area to take you to the top of the bluffs. From this location you can view the Nacimiento Mountains and the Jemez. If you prefer, you can hike to the northwest and view the anticline - which looks like a deep trench with grey-white gypsum at the top with gorgeous red soils toward the bottom. Because of the fragility of the soil and rock, be cautious at the edges as they could give away.

Ojitos Wilderness: Puni Views Hike

by kymbanm

Puni Views Hike: Moderate difficulty, miles minimum. Moderate d/t some steep grades w/ loose rocks.

Take I-25 north from Albuquerque. Take the Hwy 550 (West) exit and drive through the town of Bernalillo. After you leave town, you'll continue along 550 .... noticing bits of Rio Rancho suburbia along the left side of the road. About mile marker 21 is a road to your left, Cabezon Rd. Take Cabezon road and stay to the left of the immediate fork. This will keep you on the gravel road. As you make this turn, hit your odometer/trip meter to mark your progress. The first 4 miles of this road is pueblo land and you are not to wander off the main road. At the 4 mile mark you will cross a cattle guard marked with a sign, "Public Lands-Ojito".

At 4.7 miles you'll see a GasCo rd to the right .. ignore this and remain on the main track. You'll see another fork at 5.8miles, the main road stays to the right. At 9.9 miles you'll see a parking area on the left with a fenced area to the right. Park here and cros the road ... entering the fence through the opening provided to begin your walk. As you enter Ojito at this point, you'll see an old two track. Follow this track which peters out at the edge of a mesa about a mile to a mile and a half later.

The end of this trail is about the location where the Siesmosaurus skeleton was found. This is the largest sauropod ever discovered and is now on display at the Albuquerque Natual History Museum. As you walk you'll pass old rock walls, petrified trees, petroglyphs, dinosaur gizzard stones and other wonders. As we walked we also enjoyed the views of the surrounding high desert countryside. Remember, there is no collecting of natural or man made artifacts allowed in the BLM Wilderness study area and you are expected to leave the area as you found it. I have to admit d/t the cloudiness, followed by the late day sunshine, my pictures do not do this walk justice. The vistas and trailside finds are much more wondrous than my pictures depict. You MUST go here yourself to see what I mean.

Ojitos Wilderness: Hoodoo Pines Walk

by kymbanm

Diffculty: Easy. Distance: 2 miles minimum
Take I-25 north from Albuquerque. Take the Hwy 550 (West) exit and drive through the town of Bernalillo. After you leave town, you'll continue along 550 .... noticing bits of Rio Rancho suburbia along the left side of the road. About mile marker 21 is a road to your left, Cabezon Rd. Take Cabezon road and stay to the left of the immediate fork. This will keep you on the gravel road. As you make this turn, hit your odometer/trip meter to mark your progress. The first 4 miles of this road is pueblo land and you are not to wander off the main road. At the 4 mile mark you will cross a cattle guard marked with a sign, "Public Lands-Ojito".

At 4.7 miles you'll see a GasCo rd to the right .. ignore this and remain on the main track. You'll see another fork at 5.8miles, the main road stays to the right. At 9.9 miles you'll see a parking area on the left with a fenced area to the right. After you pass this, you'll drive downhill through a wash and a red mesa will be in front of you. At about 11 miles you'll see turnouts on both sides of the road for parking. You'll spy a two-track to the north of the road about this location, this is your path. If you get to the GasCo pump station, you went too far so you'd better turn around and head on back!

After you take the two-track through a fence, the track peters out. Just follow the base of the mesa to see wonderful HooDoos and ancient ponderosa pines ... stunted by the harsh conditions of the region. The most interesting Hoodoos are just over a mile from the beginning of the trail. This is a lower trail than the others, but the views are still awe-inspiring.

Small town NM .... sort of :)

by kymbanm

Bernalillo is best known to locals as the location of their favorite local event ... the annual Bernalillo Wine Festival :)

In addition to this particular bit of enjoyment, Bernalillo is a wonderful place to spend part of a day ..... it is a study in they way times change. Part small town, part suburb of Rio Rancho, this town has a little bit of everything most New Mexico travelers are searching for in one compact location.

"Tidbits ......"

Bernalillo also boasts the original location of The Range restaurant, Coronado State Monument, Santa Ana Star Casino, and several local galleries.

It is also the gateway to Cuba, Jemez and Zia Pueblos, Chaco Canyon, Farmington, Four Corners, and the southern entrance into the Jemez Mountains and Bandalier National Park.

Another little tidbit of history ..... Camino Del Pueblo, the main street in Bernalillo, has also been known as Route 66, El Camino Real and old Highway 85. If you wander into this town, you'll be wandering a piece of history.

"Clarifications :)"

One of my best friends lives here .... so give me time to stop playing and actually start page building :)

In the meantime, here's my attempt to try and dispell some confusion. Albuquerque is in Bernalillo County. The town of Bernalillo is in Sandoval County.

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Address: 119 Bell Lane, Bernalillo, NM, 87004