From the bloggers at Roadtreking.
I just finished a couple of weeks camping up at 7,200 feet in Manzano Mountains State Park, maybe an hour south-southeast of Albuquerque. We stayed until we hit the two-week limit because it was just what we always look for in a camping location – wonderful weather and seclusion in a beautiful setting.
Even with its proximity to Albuquerque, there were rarely more than three or four other campers in the park, so all of us were able to spread out and get some elbow room.
The Manzano Mountains are a north-south range on the east side of the Rio Grande Rift Valley. Manzano is Spanish for apple, and nobody really knows who planted the apples around Manzano Lake, but there they are. It probably wasn’t the original 17th century Spanish missionaries as local legend has it, but they’re from the early 1800s, and probably some of the oldest apple trees in the country.
The park has multiple trails, from half-mile strolls to links to the national forest trail system, all the way up to the ridgeline.
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