Manzano Hawkwatch site, Cibola National Forest
The Manzano Hawkwatch Site is a great place to see migrating raptors in the fall. Look for raptors such as peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus anatum), ferruginous hawks (Buteo regalis), and northern goshawks (Accipiter gentiles). An education intern is on hand weekends during September and October. Phone the U.S. Forest Service office at (505) 847-2990. From the town of Manzano, take the first right onto dirt Forest Road 245, directly across from the church. Stay to the right, following signs for New Canyon and Capilla Peak Campgrounds. The road ends in nine miles at the entrance to the second campground, below the fire tower. The viewing site is one mile from where you park off the road, 200 yards before fire tower road. The trail is marked with a hawk silhouette. Hike west along the Gavilan Trail, across the meadow for about a half hour; the trail follows the ridge northwest to the observation site.