Going to be in Albuquerque and heading back to Colorado Springs on Thursday. Would anyone like to ride on Thursday afternoon. Open to any trail and any level. Just want something fun and hopefully beautiful- pretty flexible on going out of my way, if trail is worth it. Shoot me a message and we can exchange info.
There’s some really fun riding just north of Albuquerque that would be worth a look. Both are listed on the MTB Project site and are as follows:
1) The White Mesa Trail System, aka the Dragon’s Back. It starts out along a knife’s-edge gypsum ridgeline that loops down and back up another finger of the mesa. Great ride, but be sure to take a solid amount of water (and/or start early). The area is about 30 miles NW of ABQ on US 550, and could be looped into a really nice day trip of the Jemez Springs/Valles Caldera/Los Alamos area.
2) The Placitas Open Space trails (e.g., one of the segments). This area is in Placitas, about 12 miles N of downtown ABQ just of of I-25, and consists of a ton of flowy singletrack. The (arguably) best route is a easy figure-eight that encompasses the two best trail segments, Chalk Dust and Bobsled. The highlight is Bobsled – a super flowy 1.2 mile descent with some tabletops and annoyingly placed cactus that is super fun to ride. My friends and I often ride it several times in a row, and the nut who KOM’d it on Strava hit 21 mph.
Finally, as a New Mexican who’s not from ABQ or SF, I gotta plug my hometown’s two trail systems – Gallup’s High Desert Trails and the Zuni MountainTrails(see Gallup Trails for more detailed info).Gallup is 2 hours west of ABQ and the gateway to the Navajo Nation. Both trail systems are really nice singletrack, with the HDT going across sandstone mesas and the Zunis picking their way through ponderosa parks. Also, if you arrive at our Chamber of Commerce, you can often get someone to lead you through some of the trails. If only to whet your appetite further, if you check out the area on Strava, you’ll notice that there’s a ton of “local” singletrack to explore…
Enjoy NM and I hope you’ll check out one of these options.