4th of July Canyon

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5/5 (19 reviews)
Red River, New Mexico (Taos County)
Last Updated: 01/01/2024
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There is a discrepancy between the Motor Vehicle Use Map and the signage along this trail. The MVUM is the legal binding document showing the first half as a 50" and under trail and not legal for full size vehicles, as where the on trail signage states otherwise. Due to the nature of the MVUM being the legal document, we advise that this trail is 50" and under. We are working with the Forest Service to determine if the signage is correct, or if the map is correct. Old Red River Pass Trail is closed for repair. Forest Road 488 is the only Entrance and Exit for Full Size Vehicles at this time. Remember to Stay on Forest Road 488 as it borders Enchanted Circle Cross Country Skiing Area which are not trails open to motorized use! 4th of July Canyon is a "choose your own adventure style of trail." You can make it as challenging or easy as you want. Photo opportunities abound of the Sangre de Christo mountains and spacious meadows.

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5/5 (19)
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 01/01/2024

4th of July Canyon is officially closed for the winter season.
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Open
Visited: 05/14/2023

4th of July Canyon is seasonally open. Snow may still be around in the shaded areas.
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 01/01/2023

4th of July Canyon is Seasonally Closed until 5/1/2023
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Partially Open
Visited: 06/28/2022

The Trails have been reopened to vehicle travel. Travel is limited by downed trees from Dec 2021. These trails are being cleared by volunteers so conditions will change daily.
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Temporary Closure
Visited: 05/17/2022

Stage 3 Restrictions are implemented at 8 am on May 19, 2022. This is a closure to all activities until Dec 31, 2022 or until rescinded for enough moisture.

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