FS 422 Priest Canyon

Total Miles
16.3

Elevation

2,479.76 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This route travels through the southern tip of the Manzano Mountains and connects the village of Manzano on State Highway 131 with State Highway 60. It travels along a right-of-way through private property on both ends before entering the Cibola Forest. The trail can be dusty and has a few low water crossings.

Difficulty

This route has a few low water crossings and is narrow in spots.

History

The Manzano Mountains stretch about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from north to south and boast 27 major peaks, the most prominent of which is Manzano Peak at 10,098 feet (3,078 meters) in elevation. The name Manzano means apple. In the early 1700s, when Spanish explorers visited a small village on the eastern edge of these mountains, they discovered very old manzanos (apple trees), a fruit tree that is not native to this country. The mountain, a state park, and a small town have kept the name Manzano.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Greg Plourde
Feb 17, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Snow/Ice

Access Description

Get to this route from the north at the village of Manzano and from the south from State Highway 60.

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