Forest Road 572 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. It is within Cruces Basin Wilderness Area and Carson National Forest. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 10,073 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,255 feet. The Grouse Tank (elevation 10,069 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail. There is also water along the trail.
Cruces Basin - Forest Road 572 Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Cruces Basin Wilderness is a small gem in Carson National Forest near the Colorado border. Open meadows, clear streams, long vistas, and bold granite outcrops characterize the high plateau. The long, dusty access road discourages most prospective visitors, so hikers are likely to enjoy their trip in relative solitude."
--Craig Martin, 100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books).
"A day hike in the beautiful, lush, high mountain country of the Cruces Basin Wilderness.
This hike lies in a beautiful high mountain area that is one of the least visited in northern
New Mexico. The long, dirt-road drive necessary to reach the area discourages many people. The two small campgrounds at Lagunitas just a few miles beyond the FR 572 junction often do not even fill up on Fourth of July weekend. The campgrounds are named for a number of small ponds."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
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