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Level: Expert
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +1,883/ -208 ft
Total: 7 riders

Mountain Biking Red Mesa

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#112 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#6,922 in the world

This isn't a trail so much as a series of washes and rock slabs that makes for some interesting biking. While there are a number of prescribed routes, this place is really a free for all. Not all the designate trails are marked so it's best to go with a local or plan for a long day. This is very dry country, so bring more water than you think you'll need. It's easy to get kind of lost but impossible to get completely lost as you can always see White Mesa to the south and your car is between you and White Mesa.

First added by John Fisch on Apr 24, 2011. Last updated May 2, 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 North of Albuquerque, take the exit for 550 towards San Ysidro. About 24 miles from I-25, 550 curves West around the south of San Ysidro. Continue west North into San Ysidro another mile and a half and look for a pullout on the right. If you see a gate and signs announcing the Motorcycle Trials Riding area, you're in the right place. Hop on the bikes and follow the sandy road north to another parking area (for members of the Trials Riding Club only) and start exploring.
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  • Fatbike1

    Lots of sand. Chunk everywhere. Bikes and bike parts like to break here. Do NOT bother with this area unless you go with a local.

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  • skelldify

    It's what you make of it. A giant slickrock expanse with all kinds of weird features. No real "trail." Kind of a "skills practice area."

    I had a great time here last spring! I've been waiting for the temps to drop so I can do some more exploring.

    Requires some exploring or local knowledge.

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  • John Fisch

    There's a near infinite number of lines here, but unfortunately, many of them require a lot of trudging through deep sand. There's a lifetime of exploring to do here but, without the aid of local knowledge, you'll earn it the hard way. The washes and rock slabs contain everything from easy ledges suitable for new riders to full on free ride madness. If you know where to look, this place offers some real fun, especially if you want a variety of technical challenges. This is real desert wilderness, so come prepared (water, food, water, tools, water).

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