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Level: Advanced
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +64/ -36 ft
Total: 7 riders

Mountain Biking Mariposa Fat Bike Trails

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#49 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#3,478 in the world

This system is a directional system. Please read all signs and look for the directional arrows. Start with the Parkway Fat bike Trail.

First added by Fatbike1 on May 5, 2016. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Park on the East side of the community center and The Point Grill and head east over to the Parkway Fatbike trail and go clockwise toward the fire house on the single track next to the road (Mariposa Parkway Rd). This system has deep sandy areas, wide tires and low tire pressure are a must.
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  • Jes Eye

    Wtf? Why is there zero beta on all of the trails out here? I am kind of upset about it, honestly. Got lost and had to back track on a cool trail because I was heading farther and farther from my truck and had no way of knowing if I was riding to nowhere or a 3 mile loop or a 30 mile loop. Also single track's maps and gps function sucks.

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  • Fatbike1

    Fat bike very very highly recommended. Right tool for the job. Especially if you are thinking of dropping into the badlands of the Mariposa Preserve. Extremely sandy. Found a seasoned rider out there the other day who had walked for hours to try and get back to civilization. He did not have a fat bike but a plus bike. Just to much sand to deal with on skinnier tires. 4.6 tire width with low pressure is perfect for the badlands.

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  • Fatbike1

    Fun if you have wide tires. Sandy soils make for a difficult ride. Take your plus bike or fat bike to make this a doable ride.

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  • Fatbike1

    Part of the Parkway FatBike loop. Single track that winds through sage and grass along the road side. Directional trail headed back to the community center and main parking area.

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  • Fatbike1
    Reviewing Goat FatBike Trail:

    Experts only. Word of advice: Do not attempt this unless you have expert trials skills. Steep and loose and very very narrow.

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  • Fatbike1

    Sandy and narrow. Part of the Parkway Fatbike trail loop. Fat bike specific. Not any fun without a Fat bike because of the deep sand.

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  • FattieMcFat

    Narrow singletrack through sage along Reservoir Road in the Mariposa Community. Best for fat bikes. Use as the connector between Picuda Peak Trail and Ridgeline Trail to continue the loop.

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  • FattieMcFat

    Nice narrow singletrack that weaves along the fence line on the eastern edge of the Mariposa community. Mostly hard packed with some sand. Can tack onto the end of the the Parkway Fat Bike Loop for some extra miles.

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  • Fatbike1
    Reviewing Badger trail:

    This is a short narrow and sandy trail. It's more of short cut trail to head back to the beginning of the Parkway Fatbike trail. Make sure you have a fat bike for this area. Lots of sand on these trails.

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  • FattieMcFat

    This trail is fat bike specific. Nice narrow single track of dry sand through sage, cholla, juniper and high desert. This is a loop that heads east away from the Mariposa community center toward Unser and then back on the south side of Mariposa Parkway. The track is fun and flowy. Remember to keep the tire pressure low. The elevation gain is minimal.

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  • Fatbike1

    Trail is 6-8 inches wide making it very difficult and very challenging. The sandy soil is very unpredictable and widely variable adding in even more difficulty. This is not an easy trail. Fat tires are absolutely a must. Best for Fat bikes with 4.6 inch wide tires with very low psi. Very challenging trail when linked up to complete the loop and super fun on fat bikes. Would NOT ride it on tires less than 2.8 inches in width -It would damage the trail.

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