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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,478/ -2,580 ft
Total: 48 riders

Mountain Biking Aspen Vista

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#15 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#804 in the world

Climb from 10,000ft at the parking lot to the top of Tesque Peak at ~12,000ft, and optionally continue on to
Deception Peak at 12,357ft. Views from both are fantastic. The trail to Tesque Peak (where the antennas
are) is all service road, and is all very rideable, but continuing onward to Deception Peak will involve some
hike-a-bike. Mileage is to Tesque Peak. It is possible to ride down through the ski area, but riding back down
the way you came is probably a safer bet. There is definitely snow here during the winter.

First added by ckdake on Aug 26, 2009. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Follow Paseo de Peralta to Washington Ave on the North end of Paseo de Peralta. Turn away from the plaza
heading north on Washington Avenue to artist rd (ski Basin rd). Follow the Ski Basin Rd. 13 miles. Access this
trail from Aspen Vista Picnic Area, just beyond the 13 mile marker. Ample parking is available.
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  • John Fisch

    Definitely better than your average dirt road, but it's still a dirt road. The altitude is nice for a relatively cool midsummer ride and it'll get your heart rate up even on the mostly easy to moderate grade. Stunning in autumn when the aspens are turning.

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  • Matthew Bonner

    I have to give this access road some credit: it's awesome! Winding its way up the mountain, it maintains a pretty manageable grade (besides one ridiculously steep switchback) throughout, so you won't keel over half way up. What really makes this trail shine isn't even the riding, though; the views that will accompany you will progressively become grander until the final stretch where all of Santa Fe and the valley below is revealed. When I got to the top, I dropped my bike off and continued into the wilderness for a little hike on the Skyline Trail to Lake Peak. I completely recommend it. You'll encounter little marmots, a stunning alpine environment, and some of the biggest views you'll ever see. Then enjoy the ripping ride back down!

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  • jaydrayer

    A wonderful ride that proceeds from about 10,000’ and ends at the summit of Santa Fe’s ski basin at around 12,000’. Although there are numerous sections of up to 25-30 yards of rocky climbing, this is a nice steady uphill over lots of easy-riding packed dirt and smooth crushed rock. We rode up during the monsoon (generally afternoon rainy) season on 7/13/2012 which meant there wasn’t any loose sand but no unavoidable mud to speak of either. Incredible views of aspen trees which transitioned into just huge pines at around 11,000’. Although I wouldn’t say this is an overly technical ride, definitely be ready for the thinness of the O2 in the air at these altitudes! Be prepared to hang around at the summit for a while as you’ll love the incredible views! When we headed up the mountain from Santa Fe at 9am, the temp was around 72 and when we got to the base of the Aspen Vista Trail it had dropped to 60. It got successively cooler as we ascended the mountain which was enhanced by the rains around the area. As we descended, a slight rain began to fall. Along our descent, we stopped several times just to listen to the contrast of the forest silence accented by the wonderful sound of the big raindrops falling through the trees and hitting the forest floor. As we were loading our bikes at the trail head, here came a robust rainstorm complete with tiny hail which took the temps down to around 50. We sat on the rear deck of our SUV, watching it rain, and watched as several other riders arrived and proceeded to head-up the trail undaunted by the rain/hail. This is undoubtedly one of our favorite trails in all of the southwest. We saw many more hikers of all ages and only a very few cyclists. Although we failed to do so, definitely take a light slicker if you’re riding in July.

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  • ckdake   ✓ supporter

    Yes, it's a service road, but it's a nice cardio workout with even nicer views. Connect up with singletrack in the area and this is a great part of a full day of riding!

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