High Desert Trail System

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

Trail Description
About this trail
This trail has map/signs at all intersections and is very easy to follow. The three mesas increase in difficulty. There is a steel sundial at the Third Mesa Overlook and some more art scattered along the trail. The singletrack is smooth and narrow with some short intense climbs. A premier SS rigid ride, and also home to the annual Dawn Til Dusk 12 hr endurance race in mid April.
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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
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Q: Dog friendly? -Nancy hofman

A: Hiking and jogging is permitted but bikers have the right of way. Well behaved dogs are welcome and often seen on the trails.

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Reviews (23)


March 26, 2019
Gdb49 Gnarly  
Review: Don't know if I'd drive 8 hrs to ride these trails, but had a great time. If you're in Gallup this is a must ride! Very fun! When you put the I-40 cities together, this should be a stop- Albuquerque, Gallup, Flagstaff, and Sedona make for an epic trip.


April 18, 2018
Review: I was on my way to Sedona when some locals at White Mesa recommended we stop here. These trails are absolutely awesome! A nice blend of mostly intermediate trail with some beginner and advanced mixed to keep it fresh. Super fun lines, mild exposure, and flow sections sprinkled with technical sections keep you smiling and having fun the entire ride. Also some great scenic views! Definitely recommend if you're driving through I-40. Locals who get to ride these trails are lucky to have this in their back yards! These trails are made for mountain bikes!


March 3, 2018
CFM Epic  
Review: I've got to admit I didn't expect much when we stopped here on our trip. Was I ever surprised. This trail is laid out extremely well and constantly included interesting features whether natural or man made. The distance was perfect for a break from driving. Tread is well maintained. We will stop here more often!


April 11, 2017
J-Dogg Gramcounter  
Review: Awesome trail built by mtb'rs for mtb'rs. Combo of Kokopelli and west Sedona only faster. Took the Gamerco (east) TH and did the whole loop ccw.


January 28, 2017
ireiman Gramcounter  
Review: Such a fun trail system in the desert! Nice mix of challenging technical sections and wicked fast flow!

Granny Gear

July 10, 2016
bigfoot Granny Gear  
Review: I have to say this I felt like a pro yesterday this trail is amazing surely need to check it out if you are in this area


May 5, 2016
sscharin Gramcounter  
Review: Super fun well built trail system in an area that would be thought of as drive thru.Well signed & even some well placed trail side artwork. Nice job Gallup.

Bunny Hop

March 28, 2016
reneeATX Bunny Hop  
Review: First time riding in Gallup...stopped on the way to Sedona & I'm so glad I did. I started at 9 & rode the whole system before the afternoon winds came in. It's a dry, smooth rolling trail- classic high desert- with short climbs & slickrock. a perfect ride for spring or fall. hope to return for the 12 hour.

Granny Gear

March 17, 2016
TASS Granny Gear  
Review: Great trail system in an area you might not think there was anything. Started from the West TH and road clockwise. Stay left all the way. There is now good signage for each loop and even shows you where you are on the loops. Trails all well marked and in this weekday ride there were others hiking, running & riding the trails. Some great technical single track at the end with drop-offs. Not for beginner here. Trails are a mix of hard pack, sand and slick rock. This is high desert for sure and would not recommend a mid-day summer ride here.

Granny Gear

October 18, 2015
Review: Variety of skill levels available. Go to the east TH (the app leads you to the west TH) if you wish to start off or stay on easier but engaging trails. Some nice views and interesting rock formations can be viewed more from the west end however.

High Desert Trail System MTB Trail 4.50 out of 5 based on 23 ratings. 23 user reviews.
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