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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,059/993 ft
Total: 73 riders

Mountain Biking La Tierra

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#11 of 279 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#1,137 in the world

This is a network of service roads, double track and single track through classic New Mexico high desert pinion forest and open areas. There is a maze of many trails that can be kind of confusing without a map (Available at the link below.

First added by John Fisch on Mar 4, 2011. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
In Santa Fe, head north on 54/285/St Francis Drive and take the exit heading west on 599/Veterans Memorial Highway. Go right on Camino de los Montoyas and immediately hook left on Unity Way and look for parking.
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  • hebruce

    Visiting from Houston so it was great to ride trails with elevation and Mountain View's in every direction. Trails were located close enough to our downtown hotel that we could ride there and back. The trails are not overly challenging that us flat landers used to riding at sea level could spend a couple hours climbing descending on an August day without trouble. Looking forward to the next time I can ride these trails again.

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  • hebruce
    Reviewing Hustle and Flow:

    Just as the name suggests, that's what it delivered - hustle and flow. For those from regions without rocky gravel trails be careful of loose gravel on the berms and switchbacks. Otherwise easy and fun.

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  • JMSullivan

    Great trails! Not too technical, very moderate grades, but with some really fun descents: flowy, small drops, couple jumps. Easy to spend a couple hours, looping back on particularly fun sections. Trails are well marked.

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  • HoneyHam

    Enjoyed this network a lot!
    Did not ride it all and still need to play in the Free ride park????
    Will be back with friends

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  • Richard Hespen

    Although this trail system is not scenic for the area, the trails are, fast, flowy, and loads of fun. The jump parks in the system are great as well.

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  • Capfat

    A fun network of high desert singletrack and doubletrack. Close to town. Hustle and Flow trail is a must!

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  • Hap Proctor   ✓ supporter

    What a laid out system!!! Easily accessible from anywhere in Santa Fe. Well marked with trail maps at every junction. Some sections are fast and flowy, others are gravel filled climbs. You can combine sections to ride for several miles or opt for the 10 mile loop found on the city maps.

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  • SidewaysCycling

    Fun cross country romp through the juniper dotted hills north of Santa Fe. We followed the route suggested on the cities map but had to bale before we finished it do to an intense fast moving thunderstorm. We had one strike where there was no detectable delay between flash and CRACK! Scarey. The trails were great and very very well marked. Can't wait to see more of it.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    Nice trail system that can be challenging or an easy ride. Technical sections ain't that really technical, most are doable for beginners.

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  • lylevs

    Open desert singletrack with a few fire roads running thru the network. Well signed and easy to navigate.
    Trails are fun, but don't flow as well as they could; a few berms would go a long way to making this a rockin' trail system. On turns, if you got off the center of the track it got very soft quickly in many places.

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  • chukt   ✓ supporter

    There are now Trail Maps at just about every trail intersection. Check the photos in the tab above.

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  • chukt   ✓ supporter

    La Tierra Trails are super fun.

    Thanks for hosting IMBA 2012 World Summit Santa Fe.

    PS: Please send us some Green Chili from time to time.

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  • norski

    Having a working GPS with you on this network will be a comfort. There are a lot of interconnected trails that all look similar. Note location of mountains, water tanks and antennae when you start off. this is not an expert trail ... more like easy intermediate.

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  • TreyGL6

    This place is a "Must Ride" if you love Freeride! Gap Jumps, Tabletops, Ladder Drops, Berms, Hips etc...! Rich has done a fantastic job! Freeride lives in Santa Fe. Of course, there's lots of singletrack too! The only downside is a lack of good signage. Just explore for now.

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