Fourth of July Spur 172

Cibola National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain376ft
Trailhead Elevation7,461ft
Elevation Min/Max7461/7746ft
Elevation Start/End7461/7461ft

Fourth of July Spur 172

Fourth of July Spur (172) is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Torrance County, New Mexico. It is within Cibola National Forest. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 7,461 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 376 feet. This trail connects with the following: Fourth of July Trail (173) and Albuquerque Trail (78).

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100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"The short loop through Fourth of July Canyon and Cañon de la Gallina is a New Mexico classic. The dominance of bigtooth maple and Gambel oak in these drainages creates brilliant fall colors found in few other locations in the state. The bright red maples outdo the better-known aspen for adding splashes of color to the mountains. Beneath a canopy of flame-colored foliage, this easy autumn stroll is not to be missed. The colors reach their peak in late September and early October."
Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Laurence Parent
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"A day hike to the crest of the Manzano Mountains through some of the best fall color in the Southwest. The Manzano Mountains area around the upper ends of Tajique and Torreon Canyons boasts one of the best stands of bigtooth maples in the Southwest. The trees turn rich shades of scarlet, orange, and gold in the fall. The campground itself is well wooded with maples. Because of the fall color, the trails around the campground are very popular on fall weekends. This excellent trail traverses miles of beautiful forest, making t a worthwhile hike any time of year. On a September weekday before fall color, only one other vehicle shared the campground with me and I saw no one on the trail."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque (Menasha Ridge Press)
Stephen Ausherman
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"Crowds turn out each autumn to gawk at leaves, but you can find solitude here throughout most of the year. Meander along established trails from a popular picnic area to the crest of the Manzano Mountains. Clearings on the ridgeline reveal vistas that seem to stretch halfway to the next state."

Fourth of July Spur (172) Trip Reports

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Heading up Water Canyon (no water) was nice and the trail was in great shape. The Creat Trail was great. Coming down Copper Canyon (a little water, but the monsoon rains hadn't started) was the hard part, quite steep at the head of the canyon with loose rock - so be careful!

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Trail Information

Cibola National Forest
Nearby City
Cibola National Forest
Skill Level
Additional Use
Cibola National Forest, PO Box 69, Mountainair, NM 87036; (505) 847-2990;
Local Contacts
Bosque Peak 7.5-minute USGS quad
Local Maps