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On The Warpath

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Chris Pearson | Writer
Posted January 1, 2013

A New Southwest Terror

Las Cruces, New Mexico, has always been a well-known spot for serious rockcrawling. For the avid four-wheeler its very name brings to mind images of skyward pointing vehicles climbing through some of the most challenging trails in the Southwest. The entire surrounding area is perfect for any kind of off-road enthusiast to enjoy the constantly changing terrain that keeps people coming back year after year.

The Warpath Trail is located an hour north of Las Cruces and just east of Caballo Reservoir, and it definitely lives up to its name. The trail doesn’t get used very often due to its being so difficult, but from what we hear there are even harder trails in the area. We’re looking forward to covering them in the future.

A large group of vehicles on a trail as hard as this can spell disaster, or at least you know you’re in for a really long day. It was definitely a long day, but our group of 12 vehicles was very well equipped and experienced with the area, which made all the difference. The entire group got through the mile-long trail in just around seven hours with no major carnage beyond a fan belt, one torn brake line, a tire knocked off the bead, and obviously a bit of body damage.


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