|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Located in the San Juan Mountains just east of Cuba, New Mexico is a lush green wilderness area. Due to ample rainfall the meadows are green, and full of wildflowers. The trails in the wilderness wind on gentle evergreen covered slopes in and out of the meadows. There are often wet spots along the trails, some with wood branches across the trail to avoid the mud. Other areas require a slight detour to the side to avoid the mud, but these inconveniences are worth the trouble. Located about one mile up the Las Vacas Trail, San Gregorio Reservoir comes into sight. This man made reservoir is popular with fishermen, and often has some people float fly-fishing. As you wind along the eastern side of the reservoir the views are spectacular. Wildflowers are abundant well into the summer often with entire meadows full of color. The trail then follows a small stream that offers refreshing sounds as you slowly climb. Beware of side trails that can be mistaken for the main trail, and I would suggest a good map. As you climb away from the stream on a western slope you enter a large meadow with a great place to stop and rest. Later the trail again climbs through heavy forest cover with a muddy patch or two till as you gain the top of the climb and have a level trail from here on. Private camp spots abound and the quiet is refreshing. The streams have ample drinking water but require treatment due to grazing stock in the area. There are many intersecting trails, including a portion of the CDT leading to abundant meadows. So if youâ°ÃÂªre looking for solitude, quiet, small crowds and lush green hiking and backpacking the San Pedro Parks Wilderness is your destination.