Don’t let Albuquerque’s urban setting fool you! There are plenty of opportunities for incredible outdoor adventures during your visit to the Duke City. If you’re searching for your next Southwest excursion, you won’t want to miss the Cibola National Forest. This park is filled with incredible natural scenery that you’ll have to see to believe, and one of the best ways to experience it for yourself is by hiking! Just to get you started, here are some of the most popular Cibola National Forest hiking trails that you’ll want to add to your itinerary immediately.
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More about Cibola National Forest
The Cibola National Forest and Grasslands cover more than 1.6-million acres in New Mexico with elevations ranging from 2,700 feet to 11,300 feet. With so much land to explore, there’s a nearly never-ending list of fun ways to spend a full day in the great outdoors. From Cibola National Forest hunting to hiking the extensive miles of trails, a new adventure awaits around every corner!
4 of the best Cibola National Forest hiking trails
The Mountaineer Ranger District of Cibola National Forest boasts the most hiking trails near Albuquerque. This district is comprised of two divisions: The Gallinas and Manzanos. During your visit to the district, you’ll discover several recreational opportunities including picnicking, camping, and of course, hiking. Here are some of the most frequented trails in the area.
1. Albuquerque Trail
The Albuquerque Trail is a popular hike that stretches approximately 3.6-miles long. The trail begins at the Fr/55 Albuquerque trailhead and ends at the junction with the Fourth of July trail.
2. Cottonwood Trail
This easy hike through the Cibola National Forest introduces its travelers to some of the most beautiful views near Albuquerque and north of Pine Shadows. The Cottonwood Trail is also a relatively quick hike at only 1.4-miles long, making it ideal for a brief excursion through the wilderness.
3. Comanche Canyon Trail
If you’re looking for a full day hiking excursion, the Comanche Canyon Trail is an ideal choice! The 6.9-mile route begins at the JFK Campground and continues all the way into Manzano Crest. This trail is also open for horseback riding.
4. South Crest La Luz Loop Trail
Located near Bernalillo, NM, the South Crest La Luz Loop Trail features spectacular features including beautiful wildflower fields and lovely mountain views. The 3.2-mile trail is best experienced anytime from April to November.
Interested in even more Cibola National Forest hiking trails? Take a look at the Cibola National Forest Trail Map to start planning your next adventure today!
rest your feet at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town
After a full day well spent in the great outdoors, we invite you to come back and relax at our historic bed & breakfast in Old Town Albuquerque. The Bottger Mansion of Old Town provides comfortable rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality. You’ll also enjoy a warm, delicious breakfast served first thing in the morning to start your day off right. Explore the many attractions of Albuquerque or simply relax in the peace and quiet of our cozy inn. Our beautiful haven of New Mexico is waiting for you, so check our availability and book your stay today!