Winsor (254)

4.62 out of 5
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↑ 900 ft
↓ 4,600 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
This is a fun downhill that can be ridden as an out-and-back or as a shuttle. From the Norski trailhead to the bottom is 9.8 miles, making for a quick downhill run or a good cardio workout if you do it as an out-and-back (7,200í at the bottom to 10,307í at the top). The actual trail continues on for miles beyond Norski (bikers can only venture as far as the wilderness boundary), but, from a bikerís perspective, Norski is a good place to start. The top section is singletrack that winds its way down thru single and double-track sections. Ruts, roots and loose rock may be encountered ñ I have to say I was a bit surprised about the poor maintenance at the top of this popular trail ñ but nothing bad enough to seriously detract from the ride. Other than a few rock outcrops and rutted corners there are no significant technical challenges, so this trail can be ridden by anyone comfortable with singletrack, but may not offer enough challenge for some. The last couple miles of the trail crisscross Tesuque Creek many times, so be prepared to get your feet wet. If you want to shuttle, but donít like the long drive from the bottom, you can make the Chamisa Trailhead on Hyde Park Road your destination. Ride down the trail just over five miles to the Chamisa Trail (183), and then climb about two miles out of the canyon to the Chamisa Trailhead on Hyde Road. There are plenty of other variants as well. For additional grist I recommend getting the excellent Santa Fe map of the area made by Sky Terrain (
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: What are the conditions of trails in the Santa Fe area now? Considering a weekend trip down from Denver. -csalveta

A: All snowed in. Only riding is below Santa Fe (la Tierra and Galesteo Basin). Both are pretty easy

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Reviews (13)


October 9, 2018
TK34 Gramcounter  
Review: I go 4 stars with the understanding I save 5 stars for truly epic (example Sedona or Copper Harbor). Very cool experience. Shuttle the Blue Bus up - I can't imagine trekking this trail uphill. This ain't no smooth flow going down, fair amount of rocks but you can still build a rhythm. You'll be surprised how much of a workout 10 miles downhill can be.


July 27, 2018
Review: We dropped in on the trail from Lower Tesuque Creek. Judging on what we rode, this trail is amazing. The flow of that trail is unparalleled as it wanders down into the desert. Just make sure to have some wet chain lube, because there are probably about a dozen creek crossings at the bottom.

Similar Trail: Lower Tesuque Creek


June 29, 2017
Review: This trail is a nice reprieve from all the climbing NM has to offer. 9 miles straight down. Stay to the right at every intersection and you cant get lost. Would be nice if one of the shops offered a shuttle on this- otherwise someone has to drive to the bottom and wait. I saw coyotes halfway down and got nervous around the water looking for bears. Came out smiling and in one piece. This is a must do if you like descending. We should have a video up on youtube of this trail innits entirety in a few day. VECON Sports.

Bunny Hop

May 8, 2017
Capfat Bunny Hop  
Review: I got to ride this trail as a shuttle on a recent trip to Santa Fe. Three times down as I couldn't get enough! It starts with beautiful high elevation pine and aspen forest and ends with rocky high desert after following a perfect drop in elevation. A must do for sure!

September 8, 2016
Review: Awesome out and back from Tesque to Ski Basin, trails marked well, all rideable, low grade climb, then fly down. Great high country scenery.


September 11, 2015
rattler Gramcounter  
Review: Technical, climbing, multiple stream crossings. Very fun trail. Will ride again when back in the area.


September 2, 2014
John Fisch Epic  
Review: I have no reservations about giving this wickedly amusing downhill romp a full five stars. If you start from the ski area, you get an extra mile plus of sweet singletrack, but you will have some climbing along the way, making it more than a pure downhill run. From Norski, the upper third is tight and technical, the middle third is open and fast, and the lower third is super twisty and full of creek crossings, but it's all superb! Easily the best trail in the Santa Fe area.


July 31, 2014
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
Review: Great trail if ridden down as I did. Could be a serious workout climbing for those not used to altitude. Nothing unrideable there. A variety of loose rocks, roots, many creek crossing etc. looks like I've found my new favorite trail in Santa Fe area.


October 25, 2013
skelldify Gramcounter  
Review: Wooo, this trail was a blast! Downhill with pedaling to maintain speed. Not too many rocks, mostly just fast! I was hanging waaay off the back of my XC bike the whole time.

Been dying to do it again, but it's a long shuttle.


October 21, 2012
lylevs Gramcounter  
Review: Fun trail. Surprising amount of climbing interspersed with the downhills that keep you working-- with the altitude some of the climbs were lung burners. Trail was in good shape for the most part, only a few tricky spots. Could use additional signage for out of town rider's confidence in navigating.

Winsor (254) MTB Trail 4.62 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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