This hike is for experienced and adventurist hikers looking for an off-trail, backcountry adventure. The hike involves crossing varied terrain, following fence lines, ducking under barbed wire fences, and running into an amazing collection of sandstone formations, including a hoodoo village. It is a seldom-visited gem not too far from Albuquerque and is one of David Ryan’s favorites! Canada del Ojo is on a remote tract of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land north of Tohajiilee with spectacular landscapes and views in all directions. Many of the scenes from Breaking Bad were filmed nearby. If you’ve ever wondered what the backcountry is like, this may the hike for you. NOTE: This is an off-trail, challenging 3.5 mile hike with limited shade. Make sure you have sturdy hiking footwear, a hat, sunscreen, and water. A walking stick is highly recommended. No restrooms available. Limited enrollment.

David Ryan, who has given several presentations at Oasis, is the coauthor of the 3rd edition of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque and the author of several other walk books. In addition to hiking around Albuquerque, he has gone on several very long walks including the Camino de Santiago and the entire Appalachian Trail. You can find many of the places he has explored on his blog at