by wjw on October 12, 2012

There is exactly one canyon in New Mexico where you can find maple trees, trapped here by changing climate after the last Ice Age.

This is clearly the time of year to go see them.

We went about ten days ago, but the leaves were just starting to turn.  We returned yesterday to find the color at its height.  Walking along the trails was like walking beneath flame-colored Gothic arches.

The canyon?  It’s tucked away in the Manzano Mountains about a 90-minute drive from home, and appropriately enough is named after the Fourth of July.

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Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) October 12, 2012 at 10:21 am

I love microclimates and micro ecosystems. Neat!

Michael October 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm

My wife and I now live in Texas and we both miss things like this. We found something similar in Texas.

They keep a “foliage report” on the website to help potential visitors best time their trip. I think it’ll be a couple more weeks before colors peak.

Mary Spence November 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Beautiful!! I live in Lubbock, TX and would love to have directions to get to the Lost Maple in Manzano Canyon. Thank you for any information.

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