Guadalupe Ruin & Tapia Canyon
435 Montano Road, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107-4935
GUADALUPE RUIN LIES IN THE HIGH DESERT OF CENTRAL NEW MEXICO AND IS ONLY ACCESSIBLE ON DIRT ROADS THAT ARE IMPASSIBLE AFTER RAIN STORMS.
Located on a sandstone cliff, about 200 ft. above the valley. Access this archaeological site through a short, somewhat steep and narrow trail that leads to the top of the mesa, where you’ll find 39 rooms and 7 kivas plus great view of the surrounding area.
After your visit, you can proceed a little down the same road, to Tapia Canyon for a moderate 8 mi. day hike.
Guadalupe Ruin Overview
This is real backcountry and only attempt this with a reliable vehicle with a full tank of fuel. The roads can be nearly impassable after rainstorms and 4WD may be necessary. Watch out for herds of cattle.
Tapia Canyon Overview
Tapia Canyon Trail
Pass a fence to enter the canyon and then mostly follow the streambed all the way to the arch. You’ll find a slot canyon behind the natural arch.
On your way back, make a steep climb up the canyon wall to view some petroglyphs and a sacred Navajo site “Tower Ruins” which is still in use and closed during specific times of the year.
Closed to ensure privacy for sacred Native American traditional activities:
- Sep 15 – Oct 15
- Dec 15 – Dec 31
- Mar 1 – Mar 15
- Jun 20 – Jun 30