Posted by: millspaw | April 20, 2015

A Grand Adventure to the Grand Canyon: Day 16

April 18, 2015

El Paso Throw Down Horse Camp

Apache National Forest

We thought we had a shorter drive today. According to the map program in my phone it would take 6 hours. We were up at 5:15 AM and ready to leave at 5:45.   We arrived at El Paso Throw Down Horse Camp around 3:00 PM. The views were nice as we drove closer to the Gallo Mountain range. The camp itself is just past Quemado Lake where there were a lot of fishermen.


The horse camp itself is not really a horse camp at all. We saw no signs of any horses having been there. There were no corrals, hitching posts or manure bins. There are three regular camping areas at the trail head and those had some RVs and tents in them. We drove past those and the next area that was the Throw Down Camp, had an RV in it and further down a big white tent. The RV had fishermen and we parked across from them. The big tent is out of sight, and has a young Mexican family camping in it.


Since we had time, we took a short ride to explore the trailhead. It is about a mile from where we are camping up a dirt road. The road has a cattle guard and we got off and led the horses across it. You must ride through the first El Paso camp to get to the trailhead itself. The area is fenced and the gate across the trail was chained shut. Beside the gate are two posts just wide enough apart for the horses to fit through. The trail appeared to be an old road, double wide so that we could gait side-by-side. We rode for an hour and a half and then headed home to fix supper. Tomorrow we will explore it more.


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