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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +360/ -356 ft
Total: 41 riders

Mountain Biking Galisteo Basin Preserve

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#30 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#1,702 in the world

Galisteo Basin Preserve has a network of singletrack and old ranch roads, about half of which is open to bikes. Fortunately, the most interesting trails are open to bikes. There's nothing technical, but nice singletrack with especially good views from the ridgetop. Description and map are available at http://www.galisteobasinpreserve.com/index.php.

First added by John Fisch on Jan 22, 2011. Last updated May 6, 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
Brom I-25 East of Santa Fe, take US 285 south for 5.4 miles--look for the sign to Galisteo Basin Preserve on the right. Turn onto Astral Valley Road. Go 1/4 mile and take a right then look for the parking area on the left.
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  • Christopher M

    Great trail! It is well marked and while there is not a lot of technical challenges you do get a number of terrain changes as well as a lot of quick up and down to make things interesting. I did a 7.8 mile loop leaving from the south most trailhead but you can also leave from the cowboy shack trailhead. There are markings at most intersections and a lot more to explore than what I rode. I would like to go back at some point to try more of the loops. If you are passing through Santa Fe as I was I would say this is your best option for a quick to medium length ride.

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  • [email protected]

    I'm from Florida, an intermediate level MTB. This trail is nice, the only thing, as typical in NM is the trails typically have one incline and one decline.

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  • PepperSprout

    Love'ed it:)
    The long climbs were well rewarded!!
    ...if you have not given this trail a go :(
    Will be back for more!!!

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  • HoneyHam

    Mrs linked a great ride together and was best ride experience of the trip.
    We be back for more:)

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  • Richard Hespen

    Winding singletrack through a beautiful desert. There are extended climbs and descents, as well as plenty of rocky sections that have just enough tech to keep it interesting. I didn't expect much, but was very pleasantly surprised by this trail system.

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  • bikegrlatx

    Great ride! There are over 25 miles (with plans for another 25 to be added) of trails ranging in technical difficulty from smooth dirt trail to more challenging climbs and technical obstacles. The trail is well marked with maps along the way. I wish I had more time to explore as I was passing through Santa Fe.

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  • cuervo

    North trail very technical descent in 3 places. Hairpin turns, loose dirt, drop off.

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  • cuervo

    Might be worth mentioning that the Singletrack Online trail map is nowhere nearly correct.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    Nice trails. Climbs are tough but doable with rewarding downhills afterwards.

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  • Patrick J. Samora

    Confidence-building trail which is not terribly challenging but keeps you interested. This looks like a great place to go to during the winter as long as it has not snowed recently. More maps at intersections would be helpful. The trail system is quite extensive as well.

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  • boleslav

    great winter ride. beautiful views and a small amount of technical. the ridge ride is better suited counter clockwise it appears. several cross over trails give you the option to shorten your ride and still maintain a loop.

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  • norski

    There are some nice singletracks indicated as "Planned Trails" that are ready to ride. There are probably 10 miles of fun, low elevation riding that should be open all winter. A fun outing if you want more mileage than that is to take the Santa Fe Rail Trail out to Hwy 285 (18 miles one-way starting at the train depot downtown Santa Fe). Just roll down the highway a short ways to get to the Galisteo Basin Preserve.* Review edited 10/20/2011

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  • John Fisch

    This is a decent little network of singletrack easily accessible from Santa Fe. There's nothing technical and no really big climbs--mostly easy cruising. What makes this a nice addition to the area is that it is a little lower in elevation and more exposed than the trails above town, so the season is longer and there are even dry periods midwinter. The scenery is also good with long views of the surrounding mountains and high desert. Beware if wet, however as the soils here are prone to tire damage and will quickly clump up your knobbies. The area is also popular with hikers (it seems mostly elderly), so be respectful and a good ambassador of the sport.

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