Monte Largo Canyon

EASY 7 reviews

Monte Largo Canyon is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Belen, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 446 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips




over grown

The Manzano Mountains State Park is closed from early December to the end of February. Please contact the park if you plan to visit during the winter.

9 months ago

Enjoyable hike off the beaten path in the Manzano Mountains. We saw deer as well as assorted vegetation. It's not extremely easy to follow the trail, but it's difficult to get lost as you're in a canyon the whole way. We almost missed the springs as we got on an animal trail and ended up above it. It took some navigation down to the springs but once there we caught the trail back down to the trailhead. An enjoyable hike mid-day the last day in March. It takes some navigation to get out there if you don't know what roads connect. GPS doesn't account for ranchers' locked gates. Previous reviewer gave a good description leading up to the trailhead. Enjoy!

Mon Jul 04 2016

nice hike family had a good time besides the fact there was a bee hive in the trail and we had to find another way around. I got stung on my pinky and head,lol. Only completed 2 miles.

Wed Nov 07 2012

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

Fri May 11 2012

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.

Mon May 03 2010

This is great hike. plenty of water in the stream earily in the year. has some nice rock formations. stock tanks and fire pitts line the trail.

Sat Jan 20 2018

Wed Jan 10 2018