The NEXT 10 Best Mountain Bike Destinations that You Need to Visit (In the USA)

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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