The unique and varied terrain of Northern New Mexico makes Santa Fe an ideal mountain biking destination. The following list will help you find a few of the best trails for your ventures. Please be safe and always let someone know where you're going when heading out on a trail.
Length: 5 miles. Level: Intermediate.
More known as a hiking trail, but it is a good trail for mountain bikes as well, if you're ok with a little hike-and-bike.
Directions to trail: Take Upper Canyon Road to just past the Cerro Gordo trailhead. Take a right up a steep dirt road. There is a single track that takes off to the left about 100 feet up the road. After that the trail is well marked with maps at every junction.
Trail Length 6 or 7 +/- miles. Level: Intermediate.
These are tricky, technical single-track twisters through the pinon woods in the foothills overlooking Santa Fe. The tread is good and fast but watch out for the soft shoulders and tight switchbacks and the odd tree root! The outside loop is about 5 miles +/- with cut off trails to vary distances.
Directions: From downtown Santa Fe drive toward the Ski Basin on Hyde Park Road (NM 475). Look for the trailhead parking lot on the left, at Sierra Del Norte, just across from Cerros Colorados Estates. Approximately 5 minute drive from Plaza area.