Elephant Butte is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps. If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign up page.
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Elephant Butte requires complete technical gear. Navigation for this route is moderate. The area can be confusing so paying attention to your map and route description is required. A GPS is useful in identifying waypoints and verifying your location. Good map reading skills and the ability to follow directions are helpful.
You will encounter areas of cryptobiotic crust along this route. Please avoid disturbing all cryptobiotic crust. Stay on existing trails, walk in wash bottoms or on slickrock. Go out of your way, literally, to avoid cryptobiotic soil. Cryptobiotic crust requires five to ten years of undisturbed growth before it even becomes visible as an irregular, blackish mat on the soil surface. A single careless hiker can destroy decades of growth.
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