Holy Ghost campground loop

Diana in a field of wildflowers along the trail
A short loop around the Holy Ghost campground. If the weather has been right, you will be rewarded by an amazing diversity of wildflowers. If you are staying at the campground, this is a loop you should consider.

Hike data:

Controlling agency: Santa Fe National Forest; Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District
Region: North-central; Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
start: 8133ft; 2479m end: 8133ft; 2479m
min: 8133ft; 2479m max: 8395ft; 2559m
elevation gain/loss: 639ft; 195m.
Altitudes from GPS.
Length: 1.93mi; 3.11km.
surface: mixed dirt/rock
condition: narrow
ease of following: easy
obstacles: Occasional small stumps to trip you. The trail sometimes slopes with the canyon side meaning you are walking at an angle.
Fee: $0.00. Park at the trailhead before the campground or you have to pay $8.00/day.
Season: April 01 to November 30. Actual season depends on snow.
Dogs: Yes. on leash
Bikes: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: No.
Trailhead facilities: water. In the campground trash can(s). In the campground vault toilet(s). In the campground
Hike attractions: wildflowers, scenery, stream.

When we hiked it:

Date: 2012-08-14
Time it took us: 0:56. moving time. We were stopped (photos, plants, etc) for 1:24.
Usage (people/hour): 0.00. We saw nobody on the trail.
Cleanliness: 9. The only litter was in the campground.


Waypoint Type Description
Holy Ghost THTrailheadHoly Ghost trail #283 trailhead


Paper maps:
Map name Cartographer Year Scale Topo map? Online access Notes
Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah Automobile Club of Southern California 1998 1:0 N from Amazon (purchase) Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.
Pecos Wilderness, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests US Forest Service 2004 1:54000 Y from Amazon (purchase)
Santa Fe BLM 1996 1:100000 Y from Amazon (purchase)
Santa Fe USGS 1954 1:250000 Y from sar.lanl.gov (free)
Santa Fe National Forest US Forest Service 2004 1:126720 N from Amazon (purchase) East half
Wildernesses of New Mexico US Forest Service 1981 1:1000000 N No online copies. Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.

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Getting to the trailhead:

You are going to just outside of the Holy Ghost campground.

Otherwise, from the town of Pecos, NM, take New Mexico 63 north. This road is narrow and it has many sharp turns.

After about 13 miles, you will see a sign indicating Holy Ghost is to the left. Take this even more winding, one-lane pothole-filled road (Forest road 122) about 2.2 miles to the trailhead right before you reach the Holy Ghost campground which is at the end of the road.

The trailhead is across the road from all of the tall, large signs. I was standing near them when I took this photo. There are a lot of false trails near the signs; they all seem to go to the stream.

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About the hike:

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Plants we saw along the trail:

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