Mountain Bike Trails around Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Dale Ball Trail photo by singletracks.com

Dale Ball Trail photo by singletracks.com

Great mountain bike trails around Santa Fe make Spring break travel enjoyable while visiting New Mexico. These trails have easy access and can be enjoyed anytime of year, not just for spring break! Beauty surrounds the trails and varying terrains create the challenge you seek. Just another great reason to visit the city different- Santa Fe, NM!

Dale Ball Trails:  Central 

Seven + miles of trails which include reconditioned older trails with newer sections that are great fun. Little more climbing than North section with not as smooth of tread. Make sure you try the connector trails to vary distances and experiences.


New trails with six or seven of many more miles to come. Condition is tricky, technical single-track twisters through  pinoned woods in foothills over looking Santa Fe. Tread is fast and good. Keep an eye out for soft shoulders and tight switchbacks. The outside loop runs five miles with cut-off trails to vary distances. Another system is in the works and will stretch south to Atalaya mountain trail adding about 17 more miles.


A 5-mile trail, mostly for hikers. If you don’t mind some hike-a-bike it is a good trail for mountain bikes as well.

Windsor Trail

10-mile loop for advanced riders. This trail starts with a good climb and ends with ripping technical downhills. Weekends arecrowded with hikers and bikers and many downhillers who shuttle to the top and kamikaze down. This trail offers great technical terrain, stream crossings, gorgeous scenery, and is a memorable ride for advanced riders in the Santa Fe area.

Caja Del Rio

Great rolling terrain trails for beginners, with numerous choices for distance. These trails are built on volcanic rock, making for a unique surface. None of the trails are real technical. Novice or entry-level riders can enjoy them. Caja Del Rio offers spectacular views from the plateau.

Baldy Loop Trail by Oscar Garcia (photographer)

Baldy Loop Trail by Oscar Garcia (photographer)

Apache and Baldy Trail Loop

A moderately difficult, year round, 6-mile loop for mountain bikers. The trail follows the ridgeline, then drops to follow an old road, then switchs back down to Apache Canyon to trail 176. A steep incline back up the ridgeline finishes the trail with a moderate incline back to the road.

Glorieta Center Trail

A difficult 5-mile trail up to Glorieta Baldy mountain bikers. High elevation of 10,000+ feet. This trail is used moderately to heavy, and offers a number of unique attractions. Detailed trail descriptions are available at entrance gate to Glorieta Conference Center. Beginning at the trailhead, a grassy road follows the stream up a canyon, then climbs to a rocky area. The trail continues through forest, and eventually gains the ridge between Ruiz and Glorieta Canyons. Much of this trail follows an old road. The last mile or so, it becomes considerably steeper and narrower, switching up the southwest slope on the mountain. Keep going up hill to the top!

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