Chamisoso Trailhead, Trail 05184 & Link 05620

Area Status: Open
Chamisoso Trailhead


Chamisoso Trailhead is approximately 2 miles south of I-40, on NM 337. There are 2 gravel parking areas across from each other with room for trailers.

The trailhead provides access to Chamisoso Trail 05184 by way of Powerline Trail 05543.  If you travel further up the road you will come to Coyote Trailhead which leads to Coyote-Chamisoso Link 05620, Forest Road 462, Coyote Trail 05619 and Coyote Split Trail 05851. 

Please refer to the Manzanita Mountains Trail System map to plan your course.

  • Cell phone coverage is not guaranteed.
  • It is the recreationist’s responsibility to use a map.
  • It is a multi-user area.
  • Be courteous to other users – motorized vehicles and bicycles yield to hikers and horses
  • Travel only on established trails

Trails/Roads from this trailhead are open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, OHV's (FS 462 only), & 2 Wheel Motorized vehicles.

**Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) less than or equal to 50 inches wide may use Forest Roads 462, 12, 13, 542 & Meadow Ridge 05627 ONLY. Make sure to consult your map. (Look on the map for the black and white choppy lines).

Chamisoso Trailhead ATV Bypass/Chamisoso Trailhead

At a Glance

Fees: This area does not require an amenity fee. If you recreate on a regular basis in the Sandias or other national lands you might consider purchasing one of the America the Beautiful Passes or a Sandia Annual Pass at the locations listed below.
Open Season: Open year round
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Water: No
Restroom: at Coyote Trailhead
Passes: Click here to Purchase America the Beautiful Passes or contact the locations listed below. **Sandia Amenity Passes can be purchased at locations marked with asterisks.
  • **The Sandia Ranger Station, 11776 Highway 337, Tijeras, NM 87059, 505-281-3304
  • **The Cibola Supervisor's Office, 2113 Osuna Rd, Albuquerque, NM 87113, 505-346-3900
  • The SW Regional Office, 333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-842-3898 (does not carry $30.00 Sandia Amenity passes)
  • **REI, 1550 Mercantile Ave NE; Albuquerque, NM 87107  (REI does not carry America the Beautiful Passes)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From the west (Albuquerque), drive East on I-40 and exit at Exit 175. At the bottom of the ramp there is a traffic light. Continue straight through the light on NM 337 for approximately 2 miles. The Coyote TH/462 sign posted on NM337 marks the turn in for both Chamisoso Trailhead and Coyote Trailhead. Coyote Trailhead is further up FS 462.

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