El Serpiente cave painting mule trip: great scenery, demanding trip

Reviewed May 8, 2017

I did the El Serpiente trip (7 nights) in March 2017, after doing a 4-night cave paintings trip in 2016. This trip is much more demanding, but is much more scenic. We camped at a rancho at the trail head the first night (after going to see a painting site that afternoon), so 6 nights on the trail. We rode 6 hours the first trail day, with a very steep descent near the end, partly on foot, and an extra 30 minutes or so longer than planned to get to a place to camp (effect of heavy rain on the arroyo).