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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Photo: Bob Ward

Photo: Bob Ward

Santa Fe is renowned as an art mecca and a foodie’s paradise, but it also ranks high on most mountain bikers’ bucket lists. According to the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society, the county is home to about 175 miles of bike-legal singletrack trails, with most of that singletrack being ideal for the classic “trail” rider. While there are a couple of shuttle rides, most notably Winsor (accessible via a $5 bus ride), the majority of the singletrack consists of pedal-driven trail systems of intermediate difficulty. With an elevation of 7,000 feet in town, many of the low trails are dry all year ’round, with the trails higher in the mountains only being accessible mid-summer.

“What Santa Fe has that no other prime destination has is the quality and variety of the food,” says long time local and Singletracks contributor Bob Ward. “Nothing comes close. I am so missing the Southwest-style fare, but it is also home to perhaps the best burger in the world.  Seven months back in California and I have yet to find a burger that is even close.”

Trash Pit. Photo: Jerry Hazard

Trash Pit. Photo: Jerry Hazard

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  • k2rider

    Wait a tic….I could be mistaken in my old age but wasn’t Breckenridge hailed as THE top spot in another article just a month or two ago? Now it makes the list of the NEXT 10 places to ride instead of being THE place to ride. I remember that article because it surprised me as I don’t know a single soul that has ridden at Breck or even suggested a road trip with break being the destination. I admit I can never figure out how you come up with these lists anyway. I know for me that while the town itself isn’t anything fantastic (at least it isn’t uppity Bend), OAKRIDGE definitely should be in anybodys FIRST top 10 riding areas to check out as the riding there is top notch!!

  • azdb

    RE Matthew at North Shore comment….you just described my perfect riding scenario……..wow……no doubt there is sort of west centric bias. I am from AZ, 40+ years now, Ill never leave and have tons of riding near including Sedona area, but I have to someday go east for a trip, Arkansas has been an intrigue, but what you described is my ideal setting. Urban commute to trail system and water to boot….Awesome.

  • k2rider

    Yeah, that was the Breckenridge reference I was referring to. If it’s the #1 MTB destination in the WORLD, I would still expect it to make the top of the list in the USA as well….rather than “the next 10” list. Not that it matters anyway, I appreciate the articles as they keep me motivated to keep reaching out to try new areas. I’m be ticking Crested Butte, Downieville and Tahoe off my list this Summer.

  • Bentjammer

    Stokesville, Virginia is home of the Shenandoah Mountain 100. Local to Harrisonburg which is home of the Massanutten Hoo-Ha and Tour de Burg. Some nice technical east coast rocks and roots if you like that sort of thing.

    • Dylan Judy

      Agree with Bentjammer! Stokesville is great… there are some incredible and quite technical trails in the Shenandoah valley between Winchester and Harrisonburg VA. If you want very technical, check out Elisabeth Furnace near Strasburg VA.

  • Whistlepig

    Bellingham is definitely worthy of the list although I’m a bit surprised since it’s not really on a lot people’s radar as a destination. It can certainly be a very demanding place to ride when wet and can be tough in the dry too. Lots of good beer, a very strong community mountain biking vibe, easy trail access, and wicked fun trails are in store for visitors.

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