Manzano Mountains State Park
August 26 @ 8:30 am - August 27 @ 12:00 pm
Contact Leader(s): Larry Benson, 505-821-7999, LawRBenson@aol.com to sign up.
This peaceful, secluded park nestled in the Ponderosa pine forest of the Manzano Mountains has 3 miles of trail that needs some drainage and tread improvements. Come help for a day or the whole weekend. Tent, car, and RV camping will be available at the Group Shelter on Friday and Saturday nights. Meals will be provided on Saturday morning and evening and Sunday morning by one of the VFO’s gourmet cooks. You can bring your own box lunch for Saturday noon. Volunteers should wear sturdy boots (no soft shoes), work gloves, long pants, long-sleeve shirts, sun protection, and a day pack with water container(s), snacks, and a water-resistant jacket or poncho if rain is in the forecast.
Directions: Take Exit 175 from Interstate 40 in Tijeras. Drive south on NM 337 for 30 miles. Turn west on NM 55, which soon curves to the south, and continue for 20 miles through the village of Manzano. Once past the church and wide spot in the road, veer right onto NM 131 (Look for a NM parks sign). Then follow the black top at every option to get to the park. The only time you should be on dirt is just past the cattle guard flanked by the white pipe park entry gate. Follow the dirt road uphill to the campground. The group shelter is past the main loop of reserved sites. Enter the back-loop road (right at the big ponderosa in the road). A little further on, the Group Shelter is on the right
Latitude: 34°36’03.8″N; Longitude: 106°21’36″W
Related Links: For an overview of the park, go to http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/manzanomountainsstatepark.html; for more information on trail work in general click on http://nmvfo.org/volunteer/volunteer-faq/.