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.
Fourth of July Spur (172) Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Craig Martin, 100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Stephen Ausherman, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque (Menasha Ridge Press).
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