The New Mexico Fall Color Spectacular

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The New Mexico Fall Color Spectacular is happening now!


Nature has blessed New Mexico with three separate galleries that all explode in spectacular color this time every year.

Fall Colors

Aspens are spilling that special gold all their own down our mountain canyons like icing on a cake. The Sandias have several Aspen groves on both sides of the mountain, and an “arena like” overview at the north end of the Crest Trail. The Sangre de Cristos near Santa Fe produce a beautiful variation of “Quaking” Aspens that ad a blaze of orange to the mixture that is unique.

Aspens SF

A contrast of black and gold Cottonwood trees provides eye-candy to our streams & rivers in the Bosque during October. The bark on the Cottonwoods seems to become even darker turning a shade of charcoal just before “fall,” and their leaves become a special shade of yellow/gold. My very good friend, the late, Robert Benjamin painted this very peaceful scene of Cottonwood Campground in all its glory and the San Juan River below Navajo Dam.

cottonwoods bob

But when it comes to fall color in New Mexico, nothing beats The Fourth of July Campgrounds, and the name says it all. Just 1½ hours from Albuquerque, a short drive east on I-40 and then south at Tijeras on 337, is the most spectacular fall color display in New Mexico. Just a little slice of a Vermont forest set in a small mountaintop canyon. You may hike a moderately easy trail to the top of the Manzano mountains to Mosca Peak where Albuquerque is visible.

4th of July Canyon

Three displays of fall color in the Land of Enchantment, all Spectacular! It’s even more spectacular in person!