Holden Prong Trail - #114

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Holden Prong Trail 114 Waterfall

Trail 114 provides access through the beautiful and remote canyons of Holden Prong and upper Las Animas Creek.

Trail 114 through Holden Prong begins at its highest elevation in a saddle on the Black Range Crest. The canyon has a northerly bearing and the trail drops at a steady, moderate grade through dense aspen and mixed conifer forests. Snow fall and summer rains on this side of the range can be heavy so the stream has a good flow with many small pools and falls along the way.

Eight miles from the mountain crest Holden Prong joins with Water Canyon to become Las Animas Creek. Private property about 3.2 miles down Las Animas Creek prevents further travel down canyon. Restricted access at this lower end of the trail and the remote access at the crest make Holden Prong and the headwaters of Las Animas Creek an isolated region with great natural beauty and solitude.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Hillsboro, NM
Water: Stream, Spring. Water quality is not tested. It is advisable to filter or treat all drinking water
Restroom: Pit Toilet at trailhead
Information Center: Black Range Ranger District
Phone: (575)894-6677

General Information


The parking area can accomodate horse trailers.

General Notes:

Closest Stores:
Hillsboro is about 22.3 miles east of the trail head and provides food, gas, and lodging.

Water Notes

Except during very dry seasons there is water flowing in Gallinas and Railroad Canyons. There is water flowing in Holden Prong and Las Animas Creek. Water quality is not tested therefore it cannot be guaranteed to be drinkable, it is advisable to filter or treat all drinking water.

Connecting Trails:  129 (area is unavailable)  128 (area is unavailable)  79  121  120


Trail 114 does not have a trail head at a road and is reached by following Trail 129 then Trail 128 to the crest of the Black Range where trail 79 intersects. From the town of Hillsboro go 22.3 miles west on NM 152 and look for the 129 trail head sign on the right. From Silver City go 34 miles east on NM 152 and look for the 129 trail head sign on the left. It's about 4.8 miles from the 129 trail head to the junction with Trail 114.


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  Area/Length : 
11 Miles

  Elevation : 
6240 - 8700