4th Of July Canyon ATV Trails

Northeast of Sante Fe and Taos, the 4th Of July Canyon is a popular route with ATV riders travelling to the Red River region. The ATV trails climb through dense pine forest and offer occasional views of the surrounding mountains. The 4th Of July Canyon ATV riding routes are known to be very rugged, so be prepared.

The 4th of July Canyon (Forest Road 490) is approximately 4 miles from Red River on SR578 in upper Red River Canyon.

While ATV riding the 4th Of July Canyon, each all-terrain-vehicle is required to display a State Of New Mexico registration permit sticker. This includes both residents and non-residents. Residents can obtain a registration permit sticker from any Motor Vehicle Division Field Office. Non-residents can obtain a New Mexico ATV registration permit sticker online or by calling the Departement of Game and Fish at (505) 476-8000. Make sure to have a sticker displayed before ATV riding the 4th Of July Canyon.

4th Of July Canyon ATV Trails Map



Local Contact(s):  Carson National Forest (505) 586-0520; Taos Visitors (800) 758-3873; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM.

Recommended Book:  "ATV Trails: Offroad" from Mud Mountain

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Red River RV Park (575) 754-6187; Riverside Lodge (800) 432-9999

Luxury Loding:  Sundance B&B, Red River (505) 754-2321

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  7/24/2016

4th Of July Canyon ATV Trails Map


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