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Cedro Peak

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Other Names

Sandia Ranger District, East Mountains, Cibola National Forest, Chamisoso Canyon, Cedro Canyon, Primera Agua Canyon, Tunnel Canyon, Otero Canyon, Sandia Mountains, Manzanita Mountains

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Cibola National Forest offers a large multiple use trail system that ranges from hard packed and rocky to smooth single track. The trails wind through a mixed pinyon pine, juniper and ponderosa forest.

There are currently eight trailheads and roughly 80 miles of trails that form long loops. This is a good place to go for a quick day ride or for the weekend.

Primitive camping is permitted at select routes (see map) however Oak Flat and Cedro Group Campgrounds can be reserved online.

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Permit RequiredYesNM OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state without an OHV registration program must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AK, AL, FL, GA, HI, IL, KS, KY, MS, NC, NE, OK, SC, SD, TN, VA, WV)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome AreasNot Recommended
permitted on designated forest service roads
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome AreasNot Recommended
permitted on designated forest service roads
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some AreasNot Recommended
permitted on designated forest service roads
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


ParkingYes ($5.00)


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityTijeras, NM
AddressChamisoso Canyon Road, Tijeras, NM 87059
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Albuquerque, NM
1) Take I-40 East to Exit 175
2) Turn right (south) on SR-337, continue 1.4 miles
3) Turn left (east) on Chamisoso Canyon Road, continue .25 miles
4) Staging area is on the right (south).


Contact InfoCibola National Forest - Sandia Ranger District
11776 Highway 337
Tijeras, NM 87059
(505) 281-3304
Contact InfoNew Mexico Game And Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(888) 248-6866
(505) 476-8000
CommentOHV Permit Info


Cedro Peak Trail Photo

Cedro Peak Trail

Photo Submitted 9/19/2014 (Thanks!)

Cedro Peak Trail Photo

Cedro Peak Trail

Photo Submitted 1/4/2015 (Thanks!)

Cedro Peak Trail Photo

Cedro Peak Trail

Photo Submitted 1/4/2015 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size19,200 acres (30 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail80
Climate TypeForest
Elevation6400 to 7800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)Cedar Crest Chevron Redi-Mart (505) 286-5500
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (N)Cedar Crest Chevron Redi-Mart (505) 286-5500
Potable Water WaterOn SiteOak Flat Campground (877) 444-6777
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (NE)Hidden Valley RV Resort (800) 326-2024
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (NE)Hidden Valley RV Resort (800) 326-2024
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteCedro Group and Oak Flat Campgrounds (877) 444-6777
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)Cedar Crest Chevron Redi-Mart (505) 286-5500
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