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El Paso County
McKelligon Canyon Trail - El Paso
In El Paso take I-10 to US-54 North. Get off when you see McKelligon Canyon Amphiteater, roughly 3-4 miles and you will head towards the mountain(you cant miss it--its the Big mountain in the middle of the city!!!!). Once at the park entrance drive all the way to the back of the park where it begins to loop back(about 2.5 miles and park where you like. The single track begins at the very end of the park but some like to park at the entrance of the park, ride the 2.5 of paved road, which is all climb, and then start the trail. You decide.The trail is on the East side of the mountain so if you go later on in the day, the mountain will begin to cast its shadow on the east side thus providing a cooler ride. Remember, the park closes at 8 pm during the summer. Just check out the times at the entrance. The entire trail is nestled in a canyon and has very beautiful scenery.
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- Much of the trail is rocky with sections of very soft, loose dirt, some dry arroyo crossing with very loose sand pebble but over it is an interesting ride. Some tricky climbs right after turns with some semi-steep descents. Once again SLIME and thorn proof tires if you have them are very, very helpful. Lots of cactus, spanish daggers, etc..Some snakes, skunks. If you go during the Viva El Paso dance season you can take in some culture after your ride as the amphiteater is right there in the canyon. There is usually a barbecue before the show so enjoy. By the way, most of the trail is descending so fatigue should not be to bad---but with the sun beating down on you, its a different story. Also, there are lots of other dirt roads to esplore. Enjoy and Laters.... Singletrack=50% Dirt Road=40% Paved Path=10% The Chuckster a 26 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Specialized Rockhopper A1 Fs from El Paso, Texas
Posted on 06/20/97