Albuquerque Field Trip: Red Canyon in the Manzanos

The Albuquerque chapter is hosting a field trip on July 27 to Red Canyon in the Manzanos, led by Tom Stewart and Doris Eng. Meet at 7:30 AM at Meeting Place A (SW corner of the Smith’s parking lot on Tramway and Central). We’ll return in the late afternoon.

This hike begins at Red Canyon Campground which is reached by turning south on Forest Road 253 at the southern edge of the small town of Manzano off N.M. 14. The trail follows alongside and crosses a small stream several times. We may make it to where the trail leaves the drainage at 1.71 miles onto a sloping plateau and just a little bit further to good views to the east, but we are usually so caught up with admiring wildflowers, that we rarely make it quite so far. In the past we have been dazzled by pine drops, Sandia alum root, birdbeak, harebell, Mexican hat, cut-leaf coneflower, dayflower, and rattlesnake orchid among many others.

Bring lunch, water, rain gear, sunscreen.