Bobcat Pass

Bobcat Pass, a high mountain road in New Mexico

Bobcat Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.990m (9,820ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of the Carson National Forest, in New Mexico, USA.

How long is Bobcat Pass?

The road to the summit is paved. It’s called NM 38. The road is 47.63km (29.6 miles) long, and runs from Questa, a village in Taos County, towards Eagle Nest, a village in Colfax County. The pass is named for the frequency of the bobcat in the area.

To reach the summit, starting from Questa, the ascent is 29.48 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.097 meters. The average percentage is 3.7 %. There is a steep 4 mile climb up to the pass but only the first two miles from Red River are hard. Then there is a lovely 13-mile descent from Bobcat to Eagle Nest through the beautiful Moreno Valley and it's mostly downhill the entire way.


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