Nestled in the wooded foothills of the Manzano (the Spanish word for apple tree) Mountains, Manzano Mountains State Park is an excellent place for fishing, bird watching, photography, hiking and cross country skiing.
This is my favorite train in the Manzano's. This trail heads up at a very steep climb along a small stream with several nice waterfalls. The stream may not be running June - July but some water most of the year. In a wet season be prepaired with some dry socks. There are alot of rock walls and the vegetation is fantastic. In July and August you can pick lots of different berries. When I reach the crest trail at the top I head north and come down Spruce Springs trail to make a loop. Altogether it's about 7 1/2 miles. Spruce Springs is a little longer trail but not as steep so for me it's easyer on the knees. ;-)
This is a very nice trail. It's a pretty steep climb with great views of the Estancia basin. You will pass an area with large rock faces. After 2 miles you will start seeing lots of large aspen groves. Makes for a beautiful fall hike. This trails ends at the crest and a nice view of the back side of the Manzano's. There is not a peak near by.
Gill B. on Monte Largo Canyon
This was a nice walk. We were only able to walk .7 mile. The trail was overgrown in places. We were able to walk around and contine the hike. However; what made us cut our hike very short was signs of BEARS. Many, many, many Very fresh bear scat on trail. The dirt road to the trailhead is good from the black top to TH. The last 3 mile is very rocky. I drove my KIA car, and some places were dicy. We just had to slow down the last 3 miles. At 5 miles from black top there is a cattle guard with a barb wire gate. Please close gate after entering and exiting. At the trailhead is a pipe horse correl at NE corner of the parking area. The parking is a fenced in area. The trail starts at the opening in the pipe fence. The trail starts out flat and rocky. be careful. after the flat area it smooths out to a nice dirt trail. you can either hike on the North or South side of the arroy. The south is shady while the North is an not maintain dirt road. You can not drive on this road. The forest service installed 6 feet monds of dirt to block the road.
We Voted early
This is an OK trail by New Mexico Standards but if you are itching for mountains when it is still kind of cool, then this trail is warmer than most and there are some interesting rock formations. There are some springs that run into cattle tanks here and there and there is a stream bed, but I would not count on the stream. The last time I was there in March it was dry, even though there had been decent snow melt this year.