Gila – El Malpias – Sardinas Canyon
With a fire Alert, it’s a sure sign things are heating up for the Summer. Don’t forget to schedule your Summer auto maintenance, AC Check or get your car ready with an oil change and trip check. Get ready for a day trip to one of these great New Mexico spots where you can enjoy our state’s natural beauty and diverse culture.
1-Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks (Jemez Springs, NM) –
The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is for foot travel only, and contains two segments that provide opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geologic observation, and plant identification.
About an Hour
Take I-25 North
Take I-25 N to NM-22 N in Sandoval County. Take exit 259 from I-25 N
Take exit 259 for NM-22 toward Santo Domingo/Pueblo
Follow NM-22 N to Indian Service Rte 92
Turn left onto NM-22 N
Turn left onto NM-22 N/Rte 85
Turn right onto Indian Service Rte 92
2-Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu, NM) –
Visit the Lake at Abiquiu or the Presbyterian run facilities at Ghost Ranch. Hike where Georgia O’Keefe painted many of her famous landscapes.
About 2 hour 15 Minutes
Follow I-25 N, NM-599 N and US-285 N/US-84 W to S Riverside Dr/Sandia Dr in Española
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto NM-599 N
Use the left lane to take the US-84 N/US-285 exit toward Española
Merge onto US-285 N/US-84 W
Follow US-84 W to 1709
Turn right onto 1708
Turn left toward 1709/1709A
Turn left to stay on 1709
3-4th of July Campground – (Manzano Mountain Wilderness) –
Camping, Hiking and picnicking are all available in the Manzanos.
HIKING Crimson Maple Trail (foot) – 0.5 miles Spring Trail Loop (foot) – 0.25 miles Fourth of July Trail #173 (foot and horse) – 1.3 miles Provides access to Manzano Mountain Wilderness.
About 1 hour 30 Minutes
Take I-40 E and NM-337 S to Co Rd A013/Torreon Tajique Loop Rd in Tajique
Continue on Co Rd A013. Take Torreon Tajique Loop Rd to Torreen Tajique Loop Rd
Slight right onto Torreen Tajique Loop Rd
4-Mt. Taylor (Grants, NM) –
Mount Taylor is a stratovolcano in northwest New Mexico, northeast of the town of Grants. It is the high point of the San Mateo Mountains and the highest point in the Cibola National Forest.
About 2 hours 20 Minutes
Follow I-40 W to Cibola County. Take exit 89 from I-40 W
Take exit 89 toward Quemado
Take Route 66, NM-547 N and Forest Service 453 Rd to your destination