FR 12 - Cibola National Forest

4.3/5 (5 reviews)
Tijeras, New Mexico (Bernalillo County)
Last Updated: 04/30/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

The Manzanitas Trail System provides access to a number of wooded canyons, open meadows, and limestone pavements in a multi-use area consisting of hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, OHV, and 4WD use trails. The towers atop the 7,767-foot Cedro Peak are visible for miles and they provide an easy point of reference as you explore a landscape where high mountain desert meets forest - pinon pine, juniper, and cedar coexist with yucca, cholla, and prickly pear cacti. Within 15 minutes of Albuquerque and providing easy access to the clean air of the Cibola National Forest, this trail is a natural destination for offroad enthusiasts and it's a local favorite.

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Trail Reviews

4.3/5 (5 reviews)
Scott Mitchell
Official Crew
12150
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 04/30/2022

We ran the Manzanitas trails in late April before the fire closures. At the time, trails were as expected but some stretches of FR 12 have become heavily rutted with lots of evidence of people going off the trail. These trails are currently closed under the Cibola National Forest fire closure order.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/08/2021

My wife and I loved this short trail which was easy except for the straight up and down section right at the end off to your right, that was fun as hell though. It doesn't look like part of the trail and is intimidating from the bottom, you'll need some clearance to finish that part. Take some time and explore all of the trails along this section.
Trail Review: FR 12 - Cibola National Forest - Michael Rochat
Trail Review: FR 12 - Cibola National Forest - Michael Rochat
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Scott Mitchell
Official Crew
12150
Status: Open
Rated 2/5
Visited: 06/16/2019

This trail runs through a beautiful canyon but unfortunately, it's obvious that people used it for mudding all winter despite it being closed. The trail is so heavily rutted from the folks who ignore closures designed to protect the area from damage and who don't abide by the MVUM that it's best use is getting to the Meadow Ridge trail.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/15/2018

This is a fun short trail. Beware though, the ruts on this trail are extremely deep. If it’s muddy and you slide off in the ruts you are going to have a very difficult time in a stock 4x4.
Trail Review: FR 12 - Cibola National Forest - David
Trail Review: FR 12 - Cibola National Forest - David
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Scott Mitchell
Official Crew
12150
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/04/2018

From the north trailhead, FR12 was mostly dry, hard-packed and heavily rutted dirt except for the last 150 yards or so at the end of the trail. This stretch, as shown in the video, is a steep, north-facing slope, covered with large loose rock, including a significant rock step that must be passed before reaching the end and Meadow Ridge Trail 05627. This section is not passable without 4WD and very good clearance even under ideal conditions, and after some snow a couple of weeks ago, it took me several attempts to make it up. Overall, a very pleasant, warm, sunny day and a great time! Note: Camping coordinates are not included as there is no camping allowed along FR12.
Trail Review: FR 12 - Cibola National Forest - Scott Mitchell
Trail Review: FR 12 - Cibola National Forest - Scott Mitchell

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