frontage road most of the way. There is a campground/gas station at the
Hillsboro exit. There's little water along the way except at towns
between the Truth or Consequences and Elephant Butte Lake exits then a
long dry way to San Antonio.
road from Socorro north to about San Acacia.Then on the I-25 shoulder
(Bernardo) - S. Albuquerque
frontage road to Isleta then Albuquerque.
Albuquerque - exit 267
description for the Sandia
Mountain Century. If possible take NM14 east of Albuquerque to
Santa Fe, it is much more scenic.
frontage road that crosses east to west side. NM599
is now complete with shoulders. This is the route to take bypassing
Santa Fe going north/south.
NM14, Cerrillos. Rd. - St. Francis Rd - US285
North several miles is lots of motels, restaurants, etc. Otherwise stay
on the Interstate, no frontage Rd. The frontage road from about St.
Francis to US285 is the Old Las Vegas Highway and is in terrible
condition, no shoulders, chunks breaking off the edge and plenty of
traffic. Use the interstate east to at least US285, moderate traffic.
road begins almost all the way to Las Vegas, NM. I-25 is rideable for
Vegas - Raton & CO border
frontage road from north of Las Vegas to Raton. Shoulders, wide open to
wind. Views of Hermit peak and Sangre de Cristo mountains and mountains
east of Taos. Antelope. Raton is a sizeable city with services. Hard
climb up Raton Pass. Rest areas but not with reliable water.
- Rio Puerco
Grants East there are frontage roads (NM124) to
Puerco - Albuquerque west side at Paseo Volcan
Puerco exit, Stuckeys. Frontage Road continues on north side of highway
only. Rolling hills. At Paseo del Volcan (hill with radio towers)
begins route through Albuquerque. Central Blvd intersects on the south
side of I-40. Here begins several routes through or around Albuquerque.
Eastbound cyclists have to exit I-40 at Paseo del Volcan, onto Central.
(Tramway Blvd) - 6 miles east of Moriarity MP 203 (?)
Tramway the frontage road old RT66, now NM333, is on the south side of
I-40 until about 6 miles east of Moriarity. There are grocery stores at
Tramway, Edgewood, and Moriarty and gas stations along the way.
Westbound cyclists on I-40 have to exit onto NM333 at Sedillo Hill.
- Santa Rosa
new pavement with shoulders, rumble strips. Rest areas at MP 208 and
252. Water at MP 267, Colonias, 243, Milagro; 234, 218.
2-lane road, no shoulders. Almost no traffic
road, no shoulders. Almost no traffic. Rolling hills, pretty.
road, no shoulders. Almost no traffic. Rolling hills, pretty with the
mountains on either side.
||Santa Fe - Tijeras
|Santa Fe: Lone Butte,
divided lane, shoulder, Moderate traffic.
Lone Butte - Cerrillos: Two lanes. light traffic very scenic.
Cerrillos - Madrid: New pavement (10/2004) Minimal shoulders. Light
traffic, very scenic.
Madrid - San Antonito (Frost Rd): 2-lanes, no shoulder. fast light
traffic. reasonable surface. Very scenic.
San Antonito - Tijeras: 4-lanes, narrow dirty shoulder with gutter pan,
moderate traffic. Cyclists are common here. NM14 bike route.
wide shoulders. Flat. Nice ride. Open with wide vistas.
shoulders, rumble Strips. Stanley to US285 is part of the Santa fe
Century route. Open with wide vistas.
highway, light traffic, some rolling hills. Some trees.
light traffic, slight hills, no shoulders, new pavement (2009). Nice
Divided Highway with shoulders and moderate traffic, lots of semi's.
See Cloudcroft Loop.
new highway with some shoulders. Moderate fast traffic. Fair number of
semi's. Nothing in between, pretty desolate.
no shoulders. Desolate but a little more interesting terrain.
- Cannon AFB
lane with poor shoulder
AFB - Melrose
Lane, reasonable shoulder with rumble strip. Flat, boring.
Melrose is the only water between Cannon AFB and Ft. Sumner.
- Ft. Sumner
Lane, Reasonable shoulder with rumble strip. Flat, boring.
lanes, new pavement (2007) shoulders mostly taken with rumble strips,
just enough width for one cyclist right of rumble strip, nice surface,
very light but fast traffic. Pretty flat.
lanes, some shoulder west of Socorro, very light traffic once out of
Socorro. Really flat between Magdalena and Datil but no water. Some
shoulders Magellan to Datil.
Nest - Angel Fire
2-lane pavement part way, some shoulders and rumble strips, of course.
Remainder 2-lane, no shoulders. Light traffic.
File - NM585
lanes, no shoulders mainly, narrow switchbacks on climb east of Palo
Flechado Pass. Light to moderate traffic. Watch for RV's and trailers
on switchbacks. Posted Single File west of Palo Flechado Pass.
Some new pavement west of the pass to replace really bad stretches.
Piedras - Tierra Amarilla
lanes, very light traffic. Very scenic. See Chama Loop.
lanes, moderate to heavy traffic depending on time of day, very scenic.
See Taos Dixon Loop.
divided highway, nice shoulders. Fast traffic. See Cloudcroft Loop.
2-lane Rd. No shoulders. Steep. One 100 yard highway tunnel. Moderate
traffic on weekends. Several passing lanes. Very scenic. Food at High
Rolls. See Cloudcroft Loop.
||Ft. Sumner - Santa Rosa
||Two lane, shoulder,
rumble strip, new pavement. Rolling hills. No water on stretch.
I-40 frontage road. Very light traffic. Picturesque. Begins east of
Grants on north of I-40, then south at McCarties, then north again to
Laguna. Passes City of Gold casino at exit 102 with convienence store.
See the Acoma Loop.
||San Lorenzo - Hillsboro
||Two lane highway, no
shoulders, decent pavement light traffic. Very scenic over Emory Pass. No water between towns.
|US180 (Silver City) -
||Four lane divided
highway with shoulders from San Lorenzo west. Hilly. Moderate traffic.
a lot of new pavement, shoulders most of the way, low traffic. About a
1,200' elevation gain from I-25 east to the end-of-pavement. Very
& NM333 - NM14
no shoulders, light to moderate traffic, traffic is fast, lots of
hills. Popular cyclist route. A few obnoxious drivers.
There is a shuttle between SF LA and Espanola that has bike racks.
Border - Tres Piedras
is a common North-South bicycling route through New Mexico and Colorado.
From Colorado south, the highway begins with good pavement and
shoulders (rumble strips of course). Around Tres Piedras the shoulder
narrows and disappears in places. The traffic is light to moderate but
fast with just a few semi trucks. Wide open and scenic. Few places to
get water. Tres Piedras is the first place south of the NM/CO border.
Try the Tres Piedras Cafe.
Piedras - Ojo Caliente
old pavement with sections without shoulders with light to moderate
traffic. Rolling hills.
Caliente - Jct. US84/US285
pavement in places, some shoulders. In many places the wide style
rumble strips occupy the entire shoulder. Rolling hills, scenic. A
little more traffic. Water available in Ojo Caliente.
US84/US285 - Espanola
fast traffic. Newly repaved (2005) with shoulders from US84/US285 south
to Espanola. Follow US285 on the west side of Espanola and follow the
Los Alamos signs, then the Santa Fe signs.
- NM502 (to Los Alamos)
from Espanola to Santa Fe has heavy, fast traffic, divided 4-lane
highway. There are a lot of side traffic from businesses, casinos, and
side roads. This is not a fun stretch but you can get there.
You can follow the highway from Espanola past the Santa Clara Pueblo to
NM502 then east to Pojoaque to avoid some of US285. There is also a
county road that parallels US285 that can be ridden too.
- Rio Tesuque
spring 2005. Stay on the frontage road. Near Pojoaque there is frontage
road on both sides. Further south use the 2-way frontage road on the
west side. Use it. There is a shoulder but the frontage road is better.
Heavy fast traffic.
Tesuque - NM599 (Santa Fe bypass road)
are wide shoulders along this steep hill past the Santa Fe opera but no
frontage roads. Watch for debris. Heavy traffic. Use the Tesuque
Village and Tano Rd. and Ridge Top Road bypass that avoids the section
by the Opera House. See the Santa Fe
Bypass for details.
Fe is not very bicycle friendly, with narrow roads, heavy traffic,
from Clines Corner to Carlsbad is divided 4-lanes for most of the way.
There is light traffic for the most part. There are shoulders for long
stretches but there are rumble strips that take the entire shoulder for
long sections. There is a section around Encino, I think like this.
Like most NM highways are are l-o-n-g stretches with no facilities in
is a US285 bypass around Roswell that avoids the city but also avoids
all facilities. There's aren't any gas stations or stores along the
has places to stay, camp, and stores. Of course there is the wonderful
Carlsbad Caverns (no camping) and the Living Desert State Park.
South of Carlsbad US285 becomes 2-lane. The surrounding countryside is
pretty ugly all the way to Pecos, TX.
- Roy (Albuquerque)
- Heavy fast traffic at times. Newly repaved (5/2005) with 5-6 ft
shoulders. I-25 is the only other alternative.
no shoulders, light but fast traffic. Very scenic.
||Albuquerque - Tijeras
||2 & 4 lanes. Rough
shoulder (lots of debris - not maintained) in places, moderate traffic,
light on weekends. Very popular cyclist route. See Tijeras Trot. NM66 Bike Route.
light traffic, shoulders most of the way.
Hill - Edgewood
New pavement in places, some shoulders, some not. Watch for dirt and
gravel from side roads. Light but faster traffic. Heavy traffic in
Edgewood. Ride early.
|Edgewood - Moriarty
||2-lanes, mostly no
shoulders. Moderate traffic in Edgewood. Drivers aren't overly
obnoxious, just unaccustomed to cyclists. Watch for dirt and gravel
from side roads. NM333 continues a few miles east of Moriarty then
ends. I-25 is the only option then.
|NM337 (Old South NM14)
||Tijeras - Mountainair
||Two Lanes. Shoulder from
Tijeras to junction with NM217, no shoulder south of NM217. Light
traffic overall, moderate sometimes obnoxious traffic south of Tijeras
to about NM217. Almost no traffic south of NM217. A few rough
stretches. See Tajique Tango.
||NM14 (Golden) - Edgewood
||2 - lanes, no shoulders.
Moderate traffic in Edgewood. See the challanging Heartbreak Hill.Heartbreak Hill
New pavement (2007) full shoulders for the climb and descent, but
that's all. Pleasant riding through Cedar Grove and mountains.
Frost Rd to Edgewood: no shoulders. Moderate traffic close to Edgewood
but rideable. Odd intersection at I-40.
South of I-40 - NM333: Lots of stores and shopping traffic but rideable
on weekends, not fun.
||Taos - Questa
||2-lanes, no shoulders
mainly. Some shoulders near Taos. Heavy traffic north of Taos until
past about Arroyo Hondo. Some shoulders near Questa. Light - Moderate
traffic north of Arroyo Hondo.
||Rio Rancho - US550 Near
||4-lane separated with
wide shoulder. LOTS of debris on the shoulder so winds up riding in
traffic lane. Lots of fast traffic.
|Alameda Blvd., 4th
St - the Rio Grande
||Wide bike lanes.
Often lots of debris.
|NM536 (Sandia Crest Rd)
||Sandia Park - Sandia
||2-lanes, fairly new
(2006), nice pavement. Useable shoulders for the bottom half. No
shoulders above Balsam Glade PG but very little, slow traffic.
- Bloomfield - Aztec
lanes, new pavement (2000-1). Good shoulders, drunk-driver rumble
strip. Gas stations at the intersection of US550 & NM4 and at the
Zia pueblo turnoff. Between San Ysidro and Cuba and Bloomfield there
are long desolate stretches with no water available. From the NM / CO
state line north to Durango there is heavy fast traffic, 2-lanes, no
||Santa Fe Bypass Road,
NM285 north of Santa Fe to the west along the Rio Grande to NM14 or
I-25. 4-lane divided highway with shoulders and some frontage road. Not
many services. Lots of debris in places. Carry spare tubes. See the Santa Fe Bypass for details.