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Tige Rim Trail - # 90

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The Tige Rim Trail provides a "scenic route" alternative to the more direct Bonanza Bill Trail into the eastern reaches of the Blue Range.

Tige Rim Trail (# 90) is open to hiking and horse use, but like all Wilderness and Primitive Area trails, all types of motorized and mechanized travel are prohibited.


The Tige Rim Trail keeps to the high ground crossing from Arizona into New Mexico and then back again as it wanders across this canyon carved landscape. The trail branches off the Bonanza Bill Trail about a mile from the Pueblo Park Trailhead and sets off on a winding route, skirting first Pueblo and Tige Canyon to the east, then Steeple Canyon to the west. It's 1.3 miles farther to the same point if you take the Tige Canyon Trail rather than Bonanza Bill, but if scenery is what you're after, it's well worth the added steps.

This trail makes a good day hike when combined with the Bonanza Bill Trail. The 8.7 mile loop provides a good sampling of what the eastern reaches of the Blue have to offer. Trailside vegetation starts out as ponderosa pine mixed with Gambel oak and mature juniper near the trailhead. The overstory varies with elevation and exposure through a broad range of trees and shrubs, from scrub oak and pinyon-juniper communities on the steep slopes and cliffs to the east, to ponderosa pine and mixed conifers such as white fir and Douglas-fir in Steeple Creek Basin. Tige Canyon and Bonanza Bill Trails join about 1.3 miles south of Hinkle Spring, virtually on the Arizona/New Mexico line.


  • No mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) permitted in Primitive Area
  • There are no water sources on this trail


Trail Log:

  • 0.0 Northern junction with Bonanza Bill Trail, about a half mile from the trailhead at Pueblo Park Road, Forest Road 232
  • 0.1 Gate in fence
  • 1.0 Gate in fence; trail enters a pine and juniper flat
  • 3.0 Good views of the upper reaches of Tige Canyon for the next mile
  • 5.0 Southern junction with Bonanza Bill Trail at a fence gate

USGS Maps: Blue SE

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Best Season: April through November
Restrictions: No mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) permitted in Primitive Area
Water: There are no water sources on this trail

General Information

Latitude: 33.60614294

Longitude: -109.049

Length: 5 miles

Elevation: 7,200 feet - 7,760 feet


Drive 3 miles east of Alpine on US 180 to Forest Road 281 (Blue River Road). Turn south and follow this scenic back road 20.7 miles to the Pueblo Park Road (Forest Road 232). The Bonanza Bill Trailhead is 4.7 miles east on the dirt road just before it crosses the New Mexico state line. A wood fenced corral serves as a landmark

Day Hiking

Elevation desc 7,200 feet to 7,760 feet
Best Season: April through November
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Elevation desc 7,200 feet to 7,760 feet
Best Season: April through November
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


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