Meadow Ridge Trail 05627

5/5 (3 reviews)
Tijeras, New Mexico (Bernalillo County)
Last Updated: 04/30/2022

Trail Information


In addition to beautiful vistas and the fresh, pine scented air of the Manzanita Mountains, Meadow Ridge provides some of the most challenging and interesting 4WD terrain in the Manzanitas Trail System. This connector trail allows you to combine parts of the area's multiple interconnected trails in a single run. Some have called Meadow Ridge the only true 4WD trail in the Manzanita Mountains as its rocky, narrow and deeply rutted path demand high clearance and close attention paid by those who traverse it. Just 15 minutes from Albuquerque, it's very easy to quickly get out of the city and into the Cedro OHV area with hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, OHV and 4WD use trails, including this interesting little gem.

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Trail Reviews

5/5 (3)
Official Crew
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.
Official Crew
Visited: 06/16/2019

My favorite trail in the Manzanitas! A little mud in the ruts at the end near FR13 but nothing out of the ordinary. Watch out for dirt bikes.
Official Crew
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/20/2018

Warm, dry and fun. Meadow Ridge connects the south end of Forest Road 12 to Forest Road 13 at about its midpoint. I started the trail from the east (FR12) end, which is recommended. Nearest Camping will be motorized dispersed camping off of FR542 (coordinates provided) or the Cedro Peak Group Camping Sites.

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