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Level: Intermediate
Length: 23 mi (37 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +497/ -416 ft
Total: 73 riders

Mountain Biking High Desert Trail System

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#5 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#483 in the world

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.

First added by searsandrewj on Apr 2, 2007. Last updated Apr 28, 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
From Gallup I-40 Exit 20 go north 2 miles, then turn left at the Chino Loop traffic signal. Just around the curve look for the parking lot on your left by the gravel road.
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Rider questions

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