Haystack Mountain

2.60 out of 5
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↑ 1,400 ft
↓ 1,600 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Haystack is a series of OHV trails on the bluffs or mesas overlooking the Pecos River Valley, Roswell, Capitan Mountain and Sierra Blanca Mountain in the distance. There some technical singletrack contained within the network of trails and some very smooth, more relaxing rides. All the rides pass through a beautiful high desert area and are very enjoyable. The trails jump in and out of dry creek beds and this provides the most technical terrain. Some of the creek beds, however, are so deep with sand that they are not rideable, but provide you with a soft landing if you jump down into the creek to fast (just ask my buddy Ernie)! This is my favorite of the few mountain biking areas in the Roswell area.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (3 total check-ins)
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  Todd Clark   on Sep 30, 2014
  Kodiak-air   on Dec 1, 2012
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Reviews (6)

Granny Gear

January 15, 2018
Mike Rinn Granny Gear  
Review: The trail was great today! Rode here solo (not advised). Like others said 3$ entry, sand in spots, and pick your trail. The best I found was to stay at the base of the canyon. Really amazing views though!

Bunny Hop

May 1, 2014
Todd Clark Bunny Hop  
Review: Pick the right trail and this place is a blast! Pick the wrong one and its a sandy mess. The 8 mile loop is mostly single track with a few tricky short decents. There are a couple of drops into sand that are a hoot to fly off of. The north trail, is best done as an out and back. The right trail can be hard to pick out.


July 24, 2013
robyvw Poseur  
Review: These trails are made more for ATV/Dirt Bikes.There is a lot of sand, more times than not you'll be riding downhill and building momentum for the next uphill climb when you'll ride through a wash/draw and get bogged down in sand. If the sand wasn't an issue this would be a great place to ride. That said, depending on the trail you ride there's enough technical riding to entertain most riders, yet it's easy enough for a novice rider. I mostly rode the North Loop trails which is the more technical of the 3 trails you can choose from. If you take the Central Loop or especially the West Loop you'll find yourself in some fairly easy terrain with little to no technical challenges. Riding in the summer may not be the best idea unless you get out early and don't stay past 12pm. I fortunately rode on a day that was in the mid-60's and overcast.


May 2, 2010
Review: Trail is as described. Not a Mountain Bike destination, but a good place to stretch the legs if in the area. 1/4 mile off RT 70. look for sign for Haystack Mtn. Look at the pictures; what you see is what you get.
$3.00 entry fee. 2/5/11 Found some great tec. ST at the far end. Well worth the DT riding to get there. Great winter time riding area.

* Review edited 2/6/2011


April 3, 2010
Tim_Davis Gramcounter  
Review: Parts of the system reminded me of porcupine ridge in Moab. There is a lot of sand from the ATV use. I wouldn't want to ride this in the hot, dry season. Nice campsights at TH. Bring money for it is a fee area. Not a trail I would go out of my way to ride.


April 3, 2010
Tim_Davis Gramcounter  

* Review edited 4/2/2010

Haystack Mountain MTB Trail 2.60 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 6 user reviews.
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