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The Canyon Rim Trail is a bike-pedestrian pathway along East Road (SR 502) in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The trail offers grand views into Los Alamos Canyon, of the Jemez Mountains to the west, and across the Rio Grande Valley to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east. The trail is open year-round to users ranging hikers and cyclists, to dog-walkers and birders. (Fido is welcome on the trail, as long as he remains leashed). If you’re in the mood for a longer excursion, you can either cross SR 502 at the western end of the Canyon Rim Trail, (the Fire Station), into East Park and connect to Los Alamos Mesa Trail which stretches eastward. Alternatively, near the east end of the trail, you can cross the highway to connect to the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail, a dirt trail.
Los Alamos is home to an extensive network of trails: nearly 58 miles of trail crisscross the surrounding canyons and mesas, ranging from the leisurely and family- friendly, to the adrenaline-pumping.
The trailhead is found at the eastern terminus of the Canyon Rim Trail, across SR 502 from the Los Alamos Co-op Market (located at 95 Entrada Drive). There is parking for about 15 cars.
Reach the trailhead by traveling east on SR 502 about 1.8 miles from downtown Los Alamos. The trailhead and parking is on the south (right) side of the road about 200 yards before you reach the entrance to the Co-op Market and Holiday Inn Express.
Access the Knecht Street Trailhead by turning South on Knecht Street at the traffic signal on Trinity Road (SR 502) and follow the street to where it dead-ends. Park on-street or in the Smith's parking lot.
You can also access the trail from the Fire Station south of SR 502, located across the highway from East Park. There is parking at East Park, which serves as the trailhead for the Los Alamos Mesa Trail.
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