University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Closest Singletrack: Foothills Trails, 10mi
Located 10 miles from campus, the Foothills Trails require the most driving to access the “closest singletrack” among our top 10 selections. However, we assign big points to Albuquerque (ABQ) as a place to go to school due to the massive amount of singletrack in the greater region, such as Tijeras to the east, and Santa Fe to the north. ABQ also offers year-round riding thanks to its location in the New Mexico desert, in addition to classic alpine routes (like the 10k Trail) higher in the mountains that do get buried in snow mid-winter. Thanks to this massive amount of singletrack, we chose ABQ as one of the top 10 mountain bike cities in North America.
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