Dale Ball

4.14 out of 5
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↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 1,900 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This is a network of trails that works its way thru the pines and cedar along the foothills on the eastern flank of Santa Fe, from the Hyde Park Road area on the north side to the Atalaya hiking area on the south. Expertly laid out, this network offers lots of entertainment and plenty of variation to keep you interested. This network is a jewel that any city would be proud of. There is a trail map posted at every intersection so getting lost is virtually impossible. There aren't many technical obstacles, and adrenaline junkies may find themselves disappointed with the lack of speed, drops, or difficult obstacles, but if you want a great singletrack ride easily accessible from town then you likely be very satisfied. The south end near Atalaya is really more oriented to hiking and is more of a cardio-challenge. For some good speed and fun rollers pick up trail going southwest from the north parking lot and fly down thru station 12 (watching for and respecting other trail users, of course).
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: Bike rentals nearby? -VECON Sports

A: Check out Mello Velo - 10 minute drive or a good bike ride away from the trailhead.

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Reviews (14)

Bunny Hop

April 3, 2018
Beauchpe Bunny Hop  
Review: Lots of fun trails here. Just the right challenge for intermediate bikers. The elevation plus the climbing gives a great workout


October 1, 2017
Review: I'm an intermediate Florida XC MTB rider. I really enjoy this trail, both the climb and descent.


June 28, 2017
Review: Beautiful scenery and some chunky tech. The trails don't flow all that well, and too much elevation is lost on steep, tight, slow switchbacks.


August 25, 2015
Review: fun trail but I took a wrong turn and went to a hiking section with tight difficult to ride switchbacks. the actual bike trail section was fun but even on the bike trail, there were too many hikers on the trail.

Bunny Hop

April 17, 2015
Review: I only scratched the surface of this trail network but loved what I saw. Can't wait to try more. I did some trails on the north end. They were very ride-able with some interesting challenges. Very well marked but I'd suggest you come with a map which are available in town bike shops or visitor center.


December 21, 2014
cycling8r Trailblazer  
Review: For the most part, this network of trails aren't all that technical. The climbs can be fairly long, but the same goes for the descents as well. Spectacular views of the high desert just outside of Santa Fe.


March 25, 2014
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
Review: I love this trail and I hate it. Climbs are enormously long, steep and challenging with rocks and roots. Downhills are full of blind corners with pedestrians on every turn, so no high speed going down. But those climbs, views and downhills make this trail special. It keep you on your toes every second and that's why I'd love to ride it again. Way better that La Tierra.


October 25, 2013
skelldify Gramcounter  
Review: I'm gonna get crap for this, but I was disappointed by this area. I rode the South area as it was supposed to be the most technical. But I mostly found loose, steep hills, both up and down.

I've been told I need to do more exploring to find the good stuff...?

It was also super hot that day, so maybe I was just off. I'll try it again sometime...


July 10, 2012
luv2mtb Trailblazer  
Review: Rode 13 miles here today in the north and central portions of the network. This area offers quite a variety. All of the singletrack is primo. Much of it is smooth hard-pack track but there are techy rock sections that offer a change of pace. I'm a low-lander but did pretty well out here, elevation notwithstanding. Only had to pick my bike up on one or two gnarly switchbacks. Depending on the direction you take, some of the trails offer nice extended climbs so you're guaranteed a good workout. The main description is spot on; if you take the trail south from the North lot through intersection 12 you will enjoy some sweet DH. This place offers everything, close to town, great views, sweet trails, good workout, flow and speed. Check it out.

Similar Trail: This one's in a category all by itself.


October 10, 2011
norski Doubletrack  
Review: The north and central sections of Dale Ball are great fun! There are lots of sweet sections and a few challenges. Clean every switchback both up and down over a smiling 3-hour ride and you deserve a high five ... or a cold beer. Warning: locals don't leave anything of value visible in their cars. You can tell that more than a few cars have been broken into by the glass in the parking lots.

Dale Ball MTB Trail 4.14 out of 5 based on 14 ratings. 14 user reviews.
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Everything You Need to Know About Mountain Biking and Visiting Santa Fe National Forest