Area Status: Open
This is an easy scenic walk through pinon juniper setting and rolling plains. Click here to view a trail map of the Fort Bayard trail system, including the Big Tree Trail.
The Big Juniper Tree is nationally ranked as the second largest alligator Juniper Tree. Its diameter is 70.2 in, circumference is 18 ft. 4 in, crown spread is 62 ft., and height is 63 ft. The Big Juniper Tree is located on lands previously utilized as part of the historic Fort Bayard Military Reservation. The route to the Big Juniper Tree follows primitive roads that pass through the rolling foothills of the Pinos Altos Mountains which lie to the north.
At a Glance
Day Use only
||No Water available. It is advisable to carry your own.
Silver Ranger District
Follow U.S. Highway 180 to Santa Clara and turn north onto the Fort Bayard Medical Center access road. Pass the hospital complex by taking the right fork till you get to the sign with Forest Road 536. This will take you to the Fort Bayard Administrative Site Trailhead and parking is 1/10 mile west of the junction of forest Roads 536 and 929.
Motorized use is prohibited beyond the trailhead. Also, please remember to close all gates. No water is available along the route. Directional trail signing is present. Use of the Fort Bayard topographic map is recommended for visitors wishing to explore in the area of the Big Juniper Tree. A toilet and hitching posts are located at the trailhead.
Bayard is 4 miles from the trail head and provides gas stations and shopping center.
Connecting Trails: 55 243