This ride is out-and-back ride, starting at the old "Big Chief" gas station (now closed) across from Zia Pueblo on US 550. Ride west on US-550 toward San Ysidro with the Jemez Mountains in the background.
That's White Mesa straight ahead with the white gypsum mines on top. After crossing the Rio Salado, enter San Ysidro where there is a convenience store. Turning right on NM 4 travel through San Ysidro and begin the gradual climb to Jemez Pueblo. You ride north through the picturesque Jemez River Canyon. There is another stop at the Jemez Pueblo Walatowa Visitor Center and gas station at Red Rocks. Then you follow the pleasant, cottonwood tree-lined Jemez River to the intersection with NM 485. Then left and climb Guadalupe Canyon surrounded by dramatic mesas through the small town of Gilman to the tunnels and the end of pavement. On the return route you have impressive views of the Sandia Mountains to the east in front of you along US 550.
Distance: 42.5 miles, 1,602 ft. elevation gain.
Getting There: This ride starts at the old "Big Chief" gas station (now closed) across from Zia Pueblo on US 550.
Roadway: US 550 shoulder and two lane roads.
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