Tour Descriptions


New Mexico Highway Descriptions & Cross-City Routes

NM Highway and Route Information // Of Interest to Cross State and Cross Country Riders
Getting Across Albuquerque
Description of Some New Mexico Roadways
Chris Marsh's website bicyclemaps.org

NMTS Group on RideWithGPS website
Link to NMTS group

NMTS Day and Overnight Tours -

No one can complain of a lack of routes. Some multi-day tours can be done in one day or some 1-day tours in multiple days. Mostly road rides and a few off-road rides. There are a number of books that describe NM off-road rides.

NMTS Tours Index
Ride Miles Elevation Gain
(Feet)
Starting
Location
Description, Route Maps, Elevation Profile
365 Foothills Trail

8.5

 680

Albuquerque Offroad trail in Albuquerque foothills.
4-Hills Follies

5.2

  Albuquerque Short option near Tramway & Central
Acoma Loop

41

 1,130

Acoma / Grants A fairly flat scenic loop east of Albuquerque.
Albuquerque East Metric Century

62.5

2,000+

Albuquerque East Albuquerque + East Mountains
Albuquerque Perimeter Loop
     Eastern Albuquerque Loop

52/69
50

1,450
-----

Albuquerque Registered PBAA perimeter ride around Albuquerque.
Alpine Mountain Bike Loop, Lake City, CO.

52

5,630

Lake City, CO A very scenic hard mountain bike ride in a beautiful area.
Balloon Fiesta Ride

30

Flat

Albuquerque Colorful way to see the event.
Bear Canyon Arroyo Mountain Bike trails

3.65

Gradual Climb

Albuquerque Easy moutain bike climb
Bernalillo Blast

39
50

1,900

Bernalillo
Albuquerque
A popular ride with options. 
Bernalillo (Casino) to San Ysidro

43

1,225

Bernalillo Good shoulders the whole way. Windy. 500' hill out of Bernalillo.
Big Bend Roundup (6-Days)

396

  Ft. Davis, Tx 6 Days or so. Includes the scenic Ft. Davis Loop.
Bosque del Apache Birdwatching Loop

30

 Flat

Socorro A pleasant off-road ride to view the migrating flocks.
Bosque Riverside Bike Trail

16/32

Flat

Albuquerque Popular N/S multi-user paved trail paralleling the Rio Grande.
Caja del Rio Rollabout Offroad

20+

  Santa Fe Popular mountain bike ride west of Santa Fe. Craig Martin writeup.
Capulin Volcano Loop

72

 

Raton Loop from Raton to Capulin National Monument
Cedro Peak Area Mountain Bike Rides

7

 

Tijeras, NM A major network of rides in the Cibola National Forest east of Albuquerque.
Chama to Antonito (2-days)

 80

 

Chama 2 Days
Chama to Antonito to Tres Piedras to Chama Loop (3-Days)

140

 8,800

Chama 3 Day/2 Night Scenic Loop - Chase the train, includes Cumbres Pass and La Manga Pass and the Brazos overlook.
City "Circle" Loop

46

  Albuquerque Pleasant, flat, fast ride through the 4 quadrants of Albuquerque.
Cloudcroft "Ride to the Clouds" Loop (2-Days)

72

 5,000+

Tularosa, NM 2-Day hard climb to Cloudcroft. Plus options.
Cochiti Calamity

39

1,800 

Cochiti, NM Pretty flat, fast ride with great views of the Jemez Mountains. 
Corrales and Rio Rancho Loop

35

1,510

Corrales, NM Also know as the Rio Rancho Roundabout
Dale Ball Trail System

20+

Steep

Santa Fe, NM Mountain Bike/Hiking Trail System
Double Eagle Dash

38

 

Albuquerque Scenic ride avoids Paradise Hills
Double Eagle - Taylor Ranch Library
    Double Eagle Out-and-Back

50
44

 1,960

Rio Rancho Includes the popular 9-mile Hill and Double Eagle legs.
Double Rainbow Delight

52

2,130

Albuquerque Chocolate. 
East Mountain Area Rides  
East Mountain Century

108

5,600

Sandia Park  Challenging, scenic Century
East Mountain Metric Century

62

5,500

Tijeras Includes favorite East Mountain rides. [Area Map]
East Mountain Slug Ride
44


Seldom used, low traffic route in the East Mountains.
East Sandia Mountain MTB Trailheads

 

 

  Directions
El Malpais National Monument
    West: NM53 out-and-back
    East: NM117 out-and-back


49
61


1,250
1,130

Grants [NPS]

About 930' out, 200' back.
El Morro National Monument Out-And-Back

78

2,000

Grants [NPS]
El Morro Meander (2 or 3 Days)

 

 

Grants 2 or 3 Day Loop: Grants - El Morro - Grants
El Rito Loop

66

 

Abiquiu Abiquiu - El Rito - Ojo Caliente - Abiquiu
El Tour de Valencia

43

600

Los Lunas New Ride - Very scenic loop in Los Lunas, Belen, and the Rio Communities. Flat
Elena Gallegos Open Space MTB Trails

various

 

Albuquerque Terrific single track trails for all levels.
Emory Pass

30
54

2,600
5,540

Kingston
Silver City
Kingston - Emory Pass - San Lorenzo
Hillsboro - Emory Pass - Silver City 
Enchanted Circle

89

5,300

Taos Taos - Questa - Red River (Bobcat Pass)- Eagle's Nest (Palo Flechado Pass) - Angel Fire - Taos. [Map]
Enchanted Loop, Southern

104

6,200

Taos Ranchos de Taos - Holman - Mora - Angle Fire (Palo Flechado Pass) - Ranchos de Taos
Estancia Area Rides
    Mountainair Meander
    Estancia - Moriarty
    Moriarity Loop

 
60
17
115

 
2,300
150
4,580

Estancia Great area, flat, light traffic, scenic views
Nice loop begins in Estancia
Each way. Flat, shoulders, light traffic.
Tijeras - Moriarty - Estancia - Mountainair - Tijeras
Fabulous Foothills Frolic

 37

4,030

Albuquerque Lot of climbing in E Albuquerque.(elev.With options)
Farmington Area Tours
Farmington Area Tours - See the Velo de Animas Farmington club website
Fast50

50

170

Albuquerque Flat / Fast ride largely on bikepaths.
Five Fingers

 

 

Albuquerque Challenging short climbs. Steep. Steep. Steep..
Flying Star Delight

52

2,130

Albuquerque Chocolate. 
Foothills MTB Trails

various

 

Albuquerque Terrific single track trails for all levels.
Four Hills Follies

5.2

 

Albuquerque Short option near Tramway & Central
Frost Road Frenzy

26
33
38
55

 ---- 
2,090
---- 
3,350

Tijeras, Albuquerque N14/Frost Rd. out and back
The Original (clockwise or counterclockwise)
Sedillo Hill Option
S-14, Rollers, Frost Road
Gila Inner Loop Super Tour (2-days)

88

 5,100

Silver City [NMTS Inner Loop Tour] - 2 Days
Gilman Tunnels MTB Loop
    All-Road Option

43
40

2,500

Jemez Springs
San Ysidro
Intermediate MTB ride in the Jemez Mountains.
All-Road out-and-back Option.
Heartbreak Hill

59

3,400

Tijeras, Albuquerque Yet another poplar ride including the challenging Heartbreak Hill. [Area Map]
Jemez Dam

41

1,870

Rio Rancho Rio Rancho to Jemez Dam
La Llorona Bike Trail

32

450

Albuquerque Very Flat, includes the scenic Riverside Bikepath.
La Luz Trailhead / Juan Tabo Picnic Ground Climb

2

975

Albuquerque A short but challenging addition to rides on Tramway.
La Madera Climb Option

8

600

San Antonito A short steep climb option north of the "Triangle"
Los Lunas Lunacy

62

 

Los Lunas  
Los Lunas Spin

50

flat

Albuquerque Classic picturesque ride in S valley
Madrid Gold Rush

72

3,750

Tijeras, Albuquerque East Mountain ride out to trendy Madrid. Hard climbs returning. [Area Map]
El Malpais National Monument
    West: NM53 Out-and-back
    East: NM117 Out-and-back

49
61

1,250
1,130

Grants [Map] [NPS]

About 930' in, 200' return
Mars Court Mountain Bike Rides

various

 

Tijeras A maze of easy to moderate trails in the East Mountains.
Mesilla Valley Metric Century

50/100 km

 

Las Cruces  
Mora Raspberry Lollipop Ride

53

 2,755

Las Vegas, Mora  
Mora Madness (3-days)

157

 

Santa Fe Classic 3 -Days: Santa Fe - Las Vegas - Mora - Sipapu - Santa Fe
Moriarty Loop (Tijeras...)
Moriarty - Estancia

115
17

4,580
200

Tijeras,
Moriarty
(Tijeras - Moriarty - Mountainair - Tijeras)
Really nice leg in the East Mountains.
El Morro National Monument Out-And-Back

78

~2,000

Grants [NPS] San Rafael
Mountainair Area Rides

 

 

Mountainair  
Mountainair Meander

60

 2,300

Mountainair One day loop.
Mountainair Loop (2-days)

144

 

Albuquerque 2-Days. Classic overnight in Mountainair.
NM217 Rollers

45

2,600

Albuquerque, Tijeras 750' Smiths to Tijeras, 1850' from Tijeras. Popular ride in the East Mountains. [Area Map]
The Northeast Loop

38

 

Albuquerque  
Oak Flat

32

2,150 

Tijeras [Area Map] Popular East Mountains road ride.
Pecos Canyon

48

2979 

Pecos, NM  AKA "Take Us To Pecos"
Pine Flat Mountain Bike Trails

 

 

Tijeras, NM More East Sandia Mountain Bike rides.
Rio Puerco - Double Eagle - Taylor Ranch Library Loop

50

 1,960

Taylor Ranch  44 mile out and back option.
Rio Puerco - Taylor Ranch Out and Back

38

1960

Taylor Ranch  
Rio Rancho Roundabout

35

1,510

Rio Rancho Nice loop.
Ristra Ride (2-days)

130

 

Hatch 2-Day Classic Ride
Riverside Bike (multiuser) Trail

 various

 flat

Albuquerque Paved bikepath, picturesque. All levels of users.
Saguache - Creede - Lake City - Gunnison - Saguache Loop (4 Days)

248

10,400

Saguache, CO 4 Day/3 Night Loop - Stunning scenery, difficult climbs, includes Slumgullion Pass, Spring Creek Pass, North Cochetopca Pass.
Sandia Crest Climb

42
56

4,900
5,730

Tijeras,
Albuquerque
From Tijeras [Area Map]
From 4-Hills
Sandia Mountain Century Loop

105

 

Albuquerque, Tijeras Albuquerque, Tramway - Bernalillo - Turquoise Trading Post - NM14 - RT66 - Tramway
Sandia Mountains, East, MTB Trailheads

 

 

  Directions
San Felipe Flyer

31

 

Bernalillo Nice, flat, winter ride. 
San Juan, Colorado, Rides
    Ouray - Silverton
    Silverton - Ouray
    Ouray - Durango

47
22
22
68

5,700
3,700
1,730
6,030

Durango, CO Annual Ironhorse: Durango - Silverton
Other spectacular San Juan area rides.
Over Red Mountain Pass
Over Red Mtn. Molas, Coal Bank Passes
Santa Fe Bypass

56

3200

Santa Fe NM599 / NM285 ride
Santa Fe Century Home Page

104

4,380

Santa Fe Popular with NMTS members. Map. Elevation Profile.
Santa Fe Ski Area Climb

33

4,200

Santa Fe 33 miles round trip from de Vargas mall
San Ysidro Scenic Circuits
    From Rio Rancho or
    Coronado State Park or)


44
56
43


1,740
1,580
1,120


Rio Rancho
Bernalillo
 
Seboyeta Out and Back

31

1,250

Laguna Easy beatiful ride to Cebolleta.
Sedillo Hill

38

 

Albuquerque [Area Map]
Si New Mexico - Ride Across New Mexico (Many days)

 

 

Alamosa, CO or Chama, NM  North to south Also, NM64 West to East. NM60 & NM380 West to East.
Socorro to Datil (2-days)

 

 

Socorro 2-Day Classic Ride
South 14 Rollers

45

2,600

Albuquerque, Tijeras 750' Smiths to Tijeras, 1850' from Tijeras. Popular ride in the East Mountains. [Area Map]
South Boundary Peak MTB

20

 

Angel Fire Hard but spectacular ride. Refer to "The Mountain Biker's Guide to NM", Sarah Bennett. Tricky route.
Southern Enchanted Loop

104

6,200

Taos Ranchos de Taos - Holman - Mora - Angle Fire - Palo Flechado Pass
Springer Loop

 57

 

Springer Springer - Cimarron Loop
Sunset Crater and Wupatki, Arizona, National Moments Loop

52

3,360 

Flagstaff, AZ A great loop north of Flagstaff.
Tajique Tango

80
66

4,400
3,540

Albuquerque, Tijeras (from Tramway and Central)
(from Tijeras)
Taos Dixon-US Hill Loop

62

 4,100

Taos Lovely loop with a steep climb S of Taos.
Taos High Country Loop (2-days)

89

5,300

Taos 2-Days includes Bobcat Pass, Palo Flechado Pass, Moreno Valley, options.
Taos Ski Area Climb

30

2,500

Taos Picturesque short climb
Taylor Ranch - Rio Puerco Out and Back

38

1960

Taylor Ranch  
Tijeras Trot

13

 850

Albuquerque Gateway to the East Mountain rides.
Tour de Chavez

67

 

Albuquerque Tour visiting at least 13 Cahvez-named landmarks.
Tour of the Rio Grande Valley (TORGV)
old version

 50

75
109 

  -

-
830

Albuquerque Kit Carson Park south to Belen, Los Lunas, Bernardo, and back.
Tramway Bikepath

 

 

Albuquerque Popular, paved multi-use bikepath in east Albuquerque with awesome views.
Tres Piedras Loop (2-days)

148

8,800

Tres Piedras, Chama Chase the train: includes Cumbres Pass and La Manga Pass.
Trinity Site Tour


75
34

 
1,600
800

Socorro
(San Antonio)
(Stallion gate)
The area is normally closed, only available when White Sands Missile Range opens the area for special ride. San Antonio - Stallion Range - Trinity Site & McDonald's Farm.
Velo Valle Grande

48

 3,600

Jemez Springs A popular ride to beat the heat in town in the Jemez National Forest.
Volcanos MTB Ride

various

 

Albuquerque Easy mountain bike ride on Albuquerque's west side
West Texas Caprock Loop

423

 

Lubbock, Tx 7-Day picturesque loop in the Caprock area.
Where's Waldo?

23

 

Cerrillos Easy Mountain Bike ride in pictureque Cerrillos area
White Sands Dune Drive

16

Flat

Alamagordo Unusual ride in White Sands Ntaional Monument
White Sands Missile Range Century

108

1,690

Tularosa This ride only happens when the WSMR opens it to the public. Scenic, with mountains in the distance, rough road in places.


Introduction

The purpose of the above bicycle ride information is primarily to provide the membership of the New Mexico Touring Society with ride data. This information can be used for upcoming rides or for planning club rides. The ride descriptions here are not the complete catalog of New Mexico rides but are typical New Mexico Touring Society rides. The data is as correct as possible but there are no guarantees. Construction or other changes in road conditions may change without notice and may not be reflected here. The rides are not rated for difficulty since this is so subjective depending on the rider(s), winds, rain, heat, etc. Use the mileage and elevation gain to determine the degree of difficulty of the ride for you.

The majority are day rides with a few overnight rides added. Some of the rides are on the East side of the Sandia Mountains. The rides can be remote, so be prepared for changes in weather, afternoon thunderstorms in the summer, snow flurrys in winter and fall, and always wind.

For those who are inexperienced estimating distance or elevation gain the Bicycle Ride Director's Association of America has a ride difficulty rating scale copied below. Use this as a rule of thumb. Wind, temperature, or how you feel on a particular day effect as much effect as elevation or distance.

STARS

DIFFICULTY

VERTICAL GAIN
(feet)

DISTANCE
(miles)

****** Extremely Difficult 4000+ 100+
***** Difficult 2000-4000 60-80+
**** Moderate 1000-2000 40-60+
*** Easy to Moderate 500-1000 20-40
** Easy 250-500 10-20
* Children's Ride 0-250 under 10

The City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are doing a commendable job of building bicycle paths and lanes with limited funds. Some of the Albuquerque rides make extensive use of the city bikeways. The rides along some of the diversion channels are especially pleasant.