FR 12 - Cibola National Forest

Tijeras, New Mexico (Bernalillo County)

Last Updated: 06/16/2019
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.57 miles
Highest Elevation: 7204 feet
Duration: About 35 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Tijeras
Nearest Town w/ Services: Cedar Crest
Official Road Name: 12
Management Agency: National Forest Service
District: Sandia Ranger District, Cibola National Forest


Highlight: FR 12 - Cibola National Forest
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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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
As you head east on FR462, you will arrive at a T-intersection. Turn right (south) here where you will see a Forest Service signpost with the number 12 on it.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Albuquerque

From Albuquerque, drive east on I-40, take Exit 175 south and keep right on to NM 337. At the bottom of the off-ramp, there is a traffic light. Continue straight/south through the light on NM 337 for 1.3 miles. Turn left on Chamisoso Canyon Road (FR 462) for 0.8 miles. There will be a staging area on your left and a hard right to continue on NM462 is just past the staging area on the right. Travel up FR462 for another 2.4 miles and you will see a marker for FR12 on your right.


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Scott Mitchell

Mapping Crew - New Mexico

Scott Mitchell is a Personal Defense and Defensive Tactics Instructor in Albuquerque. A New Mexico native, Scott lives in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, adjacent to the Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area in the Cibola National Forest. Scott likes to get out at every opportunity to explore his state's off-road trails. As a Trailsoffroad contributor, his goal is to find and share as much reliable information as possible to help others navigate and enjoy the great New Mexico outdoors.
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