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There are many members with much more experience than I have. I will give a brief summary of two separate trips. I took the Glen Springs Road and then took the road to Pine Canyon. A great little hike in and out of the Canyon. We then got back on the Glen Springs Road and drove down to the River Road and turned west to Mariscol Mine. This abandoned mine site is worth the drive. If you go past this to the Talley Road and go south you can find the trail for the Mariscol Canyon Rim trail. This trail has no shade and is a moderate to strenuous hike but fantastic views from the top of the canyon looking down on the Rio Grande. I personally have not done the River Road West beyond Talley. The roads are good and I never needed 4WD. High clearance is a must. I have not tried the Black Gap Road as it is not maintained and reports indicate a more challenging Road. I was in a 4WD 4Runner and Jeep Cherokee both without additional lift. The short Road to the Hot Springs was a good trip and the trail that goes up and over the cliff has great views over the Rio Grande. Think it's the upper hot springs trail. I have read Langford's book on living there in the early 1900's and think the last remnants of his home are up on the cliff. I could be mistaken but there is the footprint of a home up on the cliff. I would start early and give plenty of time. Let us know how it goes.
Old Ore is def on the list; thank you for that. Black Ore, I personally have mixed feelings on that one. I have seen some posts that indicated that it is not maintained. I may give it a go, but turn around if it gets to hairy....
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