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looking to visit NM and hit up some trails, looking for more XC or enduro over dh. I prefer rockier terrain with technical climbs and drops and was looking at Otero canyon, and around the Albuquerque area but really could use some input on where to spend 4-6 days of riding.

 

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There's some good info posted in the MTB Destinations thread on riding options in and around Santa Fe, NM. 

 

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6 hours ago, natas1321 said:

 

 I prefer rockier terrain with technical climbs

Cloudcroft has rockier trails and no shortage of technical climbs and descents from the Rim trail down and back up. You may have occasional dirt bike traffic to accommodate. Ruidoso is close by for a change of pace with a few trail systems and a lift-access with three runs at Ski Apache. Alamogordo, at the base of the mountains, has some desert riding.

Taos offers North and South Boundary trails. Shuttle service available for South Boundary (22 mi.) By starting a ride at their Western-most trailheads (across the road from each other) you should have plenty of grunt to keep you happy going uphill. Once thoroughly punished there are several trail systems nearby that follow the Rio Grande that are flowy with good scenery. Northside, near Taos might be another option. (no personal experience there, but saw their website recently) Angel Fire is also just up the road with a plethora of lift-access goodness.

I've got a trip planned to ride Ruidoso and Sante Fe trails in July. Been wanting to ride Dale Ball trails for a long time.

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Lived in NM for 18 months and these were my go to trails:

Cedro: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/275852/north-cedro-singletrack

Otero: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/367623/otero-canyon

White Mesa: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/206544/white-ridge-trail-system-main-loop

Red Mesa: http://www.mountainbikenm.com/red-mesa/

Winsor: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/6566265/winsor-south-eight

Foothils: https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8016328/copper-foothills-trails

If you're staying in ABQ, the N & S foothills trails will keep you pretty busy. The south has bigger climbs and features while the north is more flowy with good views. 

(pic of S foothills. not me)

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My experience was not to ride alone as most of these trails with the exception of winsor and foothills are really remote, with low traffic during weekdays, and can be a real problem if something goes wrong. 

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Lost Lake trail outside of Red River is legit. I plan on riding it after the Burner weekend at Angel Fire in late June before heading up to Purgatory for the Team Trail Party shindig. 

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I had asked about the trails around Silver City, NM back on Mojo some time ago, and had a few responses from others on there. If you look on MTBproject, there seems to be a really interesting mix in that area. I just haven't made it out there. Might try to head out there this next time we head for El Paso.

https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8011535/silver-city

 

 

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I rode White Mesa a decade ago (also called White Ridge on some trail sites). It is unique and worth the stop, though I don't think I'd make it a destination this trip. Too much new stuff to check out.

It is easy to pull off the highway and take a spin spin to wake up when traveling to or from somewhere that takes you through San Ysidro.  Though, last time there, the washboard road between the highway and the trailhead would rattle the fillings out of your teeth.

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10 hours ago, Ridenfool said:

.  Though, last time there, the washboard road between the highway and the trailhead would rattle the fillings out of your teeth.

Was the same in 2012. Had to do 20 mph in my crappy ford super duty from coming apart. There is a TON of exposure on white mesa that can make things interesting for sure.  

 

If you're riding in the summer, id recommend northern NM as the south can get pretty warm and with sub 10% humidity you can get dehydrated really freakin quick.

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On 5/17/2019 at 7:48 AM, Ridenfool said:

I've got a trip planned to ride Ruidoso

Loved the Grindstone Trail system in Ruidoso.  New-ish and IMBA designed and built, utilizing the watershed for a new reservoir.  Has a fun flow trail you can take once you do the long, well designed climb to the top. 

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Loved the Grindstone Trail system in Ruidoso.  New-ish and IMBA designed and built, utilizing the watershed for a new reservoir.  Has a fun flow trail you can take once you do the long, well designed climb to the top. 

The Cedar Creek or “spaghetti bowl” trails are really fun also. It starts behind the fire station on Meecham. Really fun flow trail.


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That's good to hear. It is looking like Grindstone may get most of my attention while I'm there.

Cedar Creek has a downhill flow trail I may plan on one day. Though, riding solo, will probably be hitting mostly B-lines, and will also check out the other trails around it.

 

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