"Ojitos Wilderness: Colored Bluffs Hike" Bernalillo Off The Beaten Path Tip by kymbanm
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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.