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Level: Expert
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +2,983/1 ft
Total: 6 riders

Mountain Biking Juan Tabo Basin

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#148 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#8,707 in the world

This is a small, very rugged trail network with a few loop opportunities and plenty of out-and-back spurs. The trails range from buff to unridable. Bring plenty of water and an adventurous spirit.

First added by John Fisch on Oct 23, 2013. 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 I-25, take Tramway East or from I-40 take Tramway North. Where Tramway curves at its Northeastern corner, head NE on FS330. Park at the first parking area on the right or continue one mile up to a small parking area on the left. This is a USFS fee area, so bring a few dollars.
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  • western90

    Very tough area. Tons of erosion. Down slope trails are gullies; there really are no switchbacks. Cross slope trails are very narrow and rocky. One slip and you are over the bank.

    I do not recommend these trails because they are simply not worth the trouble. But if you want to give them a try, I would go in up high at the Juan Tabo Picnic area and ride the west trail downhill. Don't bother with the arroyo bottom trail that parallels it to the east. Exit at the gap just west of Juan Tabo Cabin. I will upload a GPX showing this route.

    Full suspension and armor recommended.

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  • John Fisch

    This area has some great spots. Unfortunately, they most of the trails are not very interesting or entertaining. The more level trails can be buff while the steeper trails are a combination of gravel and loose rock and often resemble little more than ruts. The best trails are up top while any of the climbs up the lower canyons are just an awful slog up the bottomless gravel of a sandy wash. Like the nearby foothills trails, there's plenty of angry cholla yere, but this area also sports Albuquerque's biggest prickly pear plants as well, so run tubeless or inject plenty of slime. Like the Manzano/Four Hills area, this one is best left for when you've ridden everything else in Albuquerque and just must do something you've never done before.

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