Monticello Canyon

MODERATE 4 reviews

Monticello Canyon is a 32.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Monticello, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, scenic driving, and off road driving and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

32.4 miles
1,801 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving



This trip starts where SR142 branches off NM52. The trailhead is  just northwest of Monticello. It then proceeds NW through the canyon along Alamosa Creek and out through Monticello Box and ends at NM52. At this point you can go north on NM52 which will take you by the VLA, up to NM60, or you can take NM52 south back to I-25. Near the NW end of the trail is Ojo Caliente (warm springs) and the ruins of an old US Outpost. This is where Geronimo was arrested. This is also traditional Apache land. The trail through the canyon is flanked on both sides by private land, so be respectful of the land owners. There are a few gates along the trail, if they are closed, you may open them. Be sure to close them when you pass through. There are several water crossings and areas where the stream is the trail. The stream is mainly spring fed, but you should be aware of the weather, as I'm sure the stream catches a lot of runoff. This is an area with a lot of history, so please, treat the area with the respect it deserves.

1 month ago

Great adventure

scenic driving
1 month ago

Road is mostly washed out now after recent heavy rains. Impassable except with 4wd and somewhat difficult even with that. Also it is CLOSED, GATED, AND LOCKED 7 miles from the town of Monticello and on the north end also. I drove around on NM Hwy 52 to the northern access point and found it CLOSED, GATED, AND LOCKED about 2 miles in from NM Hwy 52

6 months ago