The Rio Laja Trail Guide is a joint effort of Amigos de la Presa, Audubon de Mexico, and Salvemos al Rio Laja.

It was completed with the help of project coordinator, Sara Pfeifer; Gordon Fulton who helped map and develop our everytrail.com site; and a number of San Miguel volunteers who helped to survey, map and photograph the trail.

We offer a huge thank you to each and every volunteer who helped us to accomplish this project!

Alice McCartor
Ann Garland
April Gaydos
Beverly Van Zandt
Bob Brown
Chris Kellogg
David Scarratt
Ginger Robbins
Glenn Gaskins
Gordon Fulton
Jenn Sturiale
Jock Furgeson
John and Sharon Doherty
Josh Feinberg
Kathleen Bennett
Kimberly Fairbanks
Lorna and John Ferguson
Luke Rich
Mark Winderman
Mike Lambert
Nancy Mazur
Nick Warelis
Norman Besman
Patricia and Joe Miller
Preston Engebretson
Renny Ashleman
Rick Wendling
Ruth and Collier Kear
Susan Page
Susanna Turino
 
Partners:

Amigos de la Presa. AC
www.amigosdelapresa.org

Audubon de Mexico
www.audubonmx.org

Salvesmos al Rio Laja. AC
www.rio-laja.org
 


To view trail
maps, download GPS
coordinates and/or comment on the trail, go to:

everytrail.com

 
 
Sara Pfeifer lives in Mammoth Lakes, California and was recruited by The Water Collaborative, to coordinate the Rio Laja Trail project. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in International Environmental Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
 
 
Gordon Fulton is an Audubon Board Member, interested in sustainability and conservation. He considers himself to be a fledgling bird watcher and naturalist, who likes to spend his free time hiking in the Guanajuato high desert with his dogs and traveling throughout Mexico.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rio Laja Trail is a walking and biking trail following the banks of the Rio Laja in San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico, from the Presa Ignacio Allende to approximately Dolores Hidalgo; spanning 32.43 miles/ 51.9 kilometers.

The trail is based upon foot paths that have been established by rural residents over many years.
Community volunteers, organized by the Water Collaborative, a local organization comprised of Amigos de la Presa, Audubon de Mexico and Salvemos al Rio Laja, have mapped and documented these trails and important waypoints along the way, to promote recreational use of the trail system for birds and wildlife viewing, exercise, and enjoying the quiet and beauty of nature. We also hope to raise awareness of the importance of the Rio Laja as a water resource in the San Miguel municipality and the need to protect and restore this fragile waterway.
 
The Rio Laja Trail Guide consists of 12 sections of river trail. Each section is roughly two to three miles in length. Within each section you will find directions to the trailhead, a narrative describing the conditions of the trail, and wayfinding points that will help to guide you.
 
The Rio Laja trail guide is available in various formats:

Printable Trail Guide:
You can view printable PDF versions of the guide for each of the sections, below, with or without photos.

Within each PDF you will find a description of the trail, trailhead access and wayfinding points.

Online Trail Guide:
You can view the Rio Laja Trail virtual track and trail maps, along with pictures and descriptions at everytrail.com. You can also download GPS coordinates into your personal GPS unit or your iphone.

This site is also intended to be used as a community forum, where users can comment on their trail experience, note corrections to the guide, or report environmental issues. We will continuously monitor reviews and comments and make any updates or investigate issues as they arise.

Go to Everytrail.com

Important information:
  • During high water season, you may find yourself traveling on private property. These are customary routes, but please be respectful and stay on the trail.
  • Trails recommended for biking (mountain bikes only) are denoted below. Keep a close eye out for variable trail conditions and low branches or cacti.
  • Please leave a light footprint when using the trails and pack out everything you bring in.
 
Happy trails!
SECTION 1: Abandoned Hacienda Trail
Trailhead: Road to Otomi                        Total Miles: 2.17
Bike friendly trail - easy intermediate.
May be flooded during high water season.

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SECTION 2: Puente Antiguo San Rafael
Trailhead: La Esperanza Community Total Miles: 1.6
Bike friendly trail - easy intermediate.

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SECTION 3: Xote Trail
Trailhead: Guanajuato Bridge Total Miles: 3.42

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SECTION 4: Santuario Trail
Trailhead: Casa de Aves Bridge Total Miles: 3.55
Bike friendly trail


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SECTION 5: Monasterio Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
Trailhead: San Miguelito Total Miles: 2.64
Bike friendly trail - intermediate.


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SECTION 6: Yellow and Purple House Trail
Trailhead: Monasterio Total Miles 2.24 miles
Bike friendly trail - easy intermediate.


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SECTION 7: La Petaca Bridge Trail
Trailhead: Los Barrones Total Miles: 2.43
Bike friendly trail - intermediate.


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SECTION 8: Capilla de San Judas Tadeo
Trailhead: Puente Las Tumbas turnoff Total Miles: 2.92


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SECTION 9: White Pillar Trail
Trailhead: Pueblito Capilla de San Judas Tadeo Total Miles: 3.25

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SECTION 10: KM 79 Trail
Trailhead: San Ignacio Total Miles: 3.02

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SECTION 11: Blue House Trail
Trailhead: KM 79 marker Total Miles: 3.1 miles

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SECTION 12: San Luis de la Paz Bridge
Trailhead: Rioyos- soccer field Total Miles: 2.09
Bike friendly trail - intermediate.


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