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Mountain Bike/Cyclocross Trails, Listed by Area, Difficulty on 1-5 scale.
NM towns and cities listed alphabetically, scroll down to your area. This is a work in progress, and I plan to add trails as time allows. Albuquerue trails are pretty complete, the rest need some work. Do you have a favorite trail/area that you would like listed? Email me.
The New Mexico Touring society also has some MTB trail info on their Route Library page.
Kind of THE riding area in Albuquerque. Miles of trails famous, lovely trails which, like the East Sandias, are mostly hardpack with fixed or loose limestone rocks. Not a good area in the rain, as the hardpack turns to clay. Drier and lower altitude than the Sandias, forest is mostly juniper, pinon, and small oaks. The lower altitude Cedrlo trails are tend to be rockier. Note that most of this area is also open to motorcycles. Difficulty 3-5. There are a few easier trails around Oak Flat that are good for beginners or cyclocross bikes.
The Foothills (I-40 to the Tram):
Singletrack on decomposed granite gravel, hardpack, fixed rocks, and coarse sand. System of maintained trails plus some infromal trails. Note: Bikes are not allowed above the wilderness fence. Heavily used area by bikes and pedestrians. Some folks ride their cross bikes on the smoother foothills trails. Difficulty: Generally 2-3, 4 on the trails closer to I-40. Most of the trails near the Elena Gallegos paved loop are good for Beginners. (1-2)
Far North foothills (North of the Tram):
There is a little trail that will take you from the Tram to Juan Tabo Rd, which leads to the La Luz Trailhead. There also are a few trails on either side of the Juan Tabo Road, mostly on the north side. They are generally steep and rocky, wth some unrideablle sections. It is difficult to make a big loop in this area without a lot of portaging, but there are some cool out and back trails. All of the La Luz Trail is in wilderness. Difficulty: 3-5. (maps coming)
Bosque ("Un Bosque" is Spanish for "a wood," and referes to all the undeveloped land adjacent to the Rio Grande):
Huge network of mostly flat singletrack. Surface is mostly hardpack or sand. Most of it is good on a CX bike. Depending on the area and recent rainfall, some of the sand can be too soft to ride. The easiest trails are in the vicinity of Central Av. on the east side. If it gets too sady, there is almost always a gravel levee road between the houses and the bosque. Sometimes there is a paved bikepath as well.
There are tons of forest trails in the Sandias, thorugh the pines and aspens. The western slopes are wilderness, but most of the east is open to bikes. Trails are mostly hardpack, intersperced with fixed or loose limestone rocks. There is a bit of granite too, and a red shale-like rock. There is hadly a single flat trail in this area, always up or down. Not a great beginner area. Difficulty 3-5. Main parking/access areas are shown on the map.
A network of trails on the north side of the Sandias. The western trails out on the prairie are good for beginners, mostly hardback with a few rocks. The eastern trails are more difficult. Surface is varied, hardpack, rocks, sand, and some cool red dirt. Difficulty 1-4. (maps)
Four Hills/Beavertown area. (maps coming)
Description: This is a lesser known network of trails east of the Four Hills Neighborhood, in the winter when the trails are firmer you can ride from the Tijeras Creek most of the way to the two small mountains to the east of Four Hills via the "Terminator" climb. There are allso some woodsy trails by the creek and a neat trail that circumnavigates one of the smaller hills. Difficulty 3-5.
Volcanos: (map page coming)
Description: Singletrack trails between and over the Volcanos east of town, hardpack and sand with fixed and loose basalt rocks. Difficulty 3-4
East Juan Tabo area: (map page coming)
There is a 1/2 mile square of Open Space land with a few trails. There used to be lots of twisty trails out in the desert, but most have been razed to build the new houses. There are still a few twisty trails in the valley floor. Be aware that some of the valley area is private land, and the line between public and private land is not always marked.
Beyond Rio Rancho: There are endless dirt roads west and northwest of Rio Rancho, as well as some quad/moto trails, going all the way down to the Rio Puerco. Sections tend to be sandy. Difficulty 1-3.
Alameda Dirt Jumps. The city maintains a free dirt jump park on the west side of 2nd Street just north of Alameda.
Popular cyclocross practice parks map.
Chama (maps coming)
One can acces parts of the Continental Divide Trail east of Chama. It is technnical but the views are amazing. The northern acces requires venturing a bit into Colorado. Some Trails used for the Redneck Epic are shown on the NMES site.
Cochiti (maps coming)
Sadly, most of the great old Cochiti area rides are closed after the 2011 Las Conchas fire. You can still ride up the Dome rd, and there are some trails leading off of it. Bikes can pass even if the gate is closed. If you continue on it, it will take you all the way to Los Alamos. The Dome Wilderness and the Bandelier Natl Mon east of the road are closed to bikes. There is also an access point to the Caja del Rio area.
There is a moto/OHV area wirh a few trails accessed via Red Hawk park north of town
El Paso, TX
There is an arroyo just south of the mall and extending to the east that has a few trails. There are some sandy sections and some goatheads, so sealant is a must.
There is some beautiful riding in the Gila north of Silver City. I will try to post some info here when I get a chance.
Until I can get more info here please refer to the excellent database on the Santa Fe Conservation Trust's website.
In addition to the primary trails, the town of Santa Fe full of little trails in the arroyos, which run here and there all trough town. You just have to kind of explore them out.
San Ysidoro (White Mesa)
Scenic Famous trails at white mesa. Map and info are available on the BLMs website.
There is also a "red mesa" on the other side of the highway that has some slickrock like areas. I have not ridden this myself. BLM calls it the San Ysidoro Trials Area.
The Magdalena Mountains west of town have some nice riding, there is the vast Quebradas Backcountry east of town, and a few nde townie trails just north of the College. Map and more info here.
Last updated 12-11-16
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