Standpipe trail - TRAIL

Standpipe trail - Trail, Carlsbad, Mexico

A wide variety of terrain. From rocky and loose to hardpack and smooth. Lots of climbs and downhill sections. Very fun trail to ride.

User Reviews (11)

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The Doctor   Cross Country Rider [Dec 16, 2009]

This trail is nearly 100% singletrack. It is located on BLM land and until recently the trail was being pretty well maintained by some of the local Carlsbad residents. however, the area has been impacted by some significant storms over the last few years and contains quite a bit of loose scree and small rocks and boulders to navigate. THe Catclaw is treacherous so avoid contact at all costs. It has a cumulative effect that will slowly shred your legs in arms. Its a rocky trail with some good hill climbs. I recommend a 4 inch dual suspension cross country bike if you have a choice. I rode my 29er hard tail a few time recently and it rolled over the rocks well but felt pretty beat up. The trail has some cool switchbacks, moderate technical sections and is very primitive in parts. THis is a fun trail worth riding if you are in the area.

Similar Products Used: Haystack Mountain - Roswell
Guadalupe Ridge primitive road - near Queen -awesome views down into Mckittrick Canyon
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3
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3
MrClean3d   Cross Country Rider [Aug 12, 2008]

See xcaliber's description below, except BLM have cleaned the area up and placed signs to mark directions. Overall it was a good ride and if you are passing through you should stop and ride the trail.

Customer Service

Stay on the La Cueva trail, and then hit poquito mas.

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4
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3
xcaliber   Downhiller [Mar 18, 2006]

First, there no longer is a bike shop in Carlsbad (today is 3-18-06). So don't plan on going there for information or spare tubes. Second, the trail's real name is La Cueva Trail System. It is located off Standpipe Road. To get there from Hwy 285, the main road through Calrsbad, turn west onto Lea Street. Go until you see Standpipe Rd. Turn south. Go EXACTLY 3 miles. There is no sign. Turn right onto a dirt road. It's very trashy there, you'll know you're in the right place when you pass the boat someone has dumped along the road. Drive around .3 miles, there is a parking area on the left and the trail crosses here. I spent 4 hours riding here. Had no map, which would have been very helpful. The riding is a lot of fun, actually. However, there are tons of "illegal" trails here and the legal ones are not well marked. That said, its worth the ride. If you head north, you wind your way through flat terain, then start climbing. You climb some small hills and go up some dry drains at one point the trail is the creekbed. Leave it to the BLM. Again, there are TONS of trails, and without a map you can easily get turned around. There is some pretty technical riding and there is some incredibly fun fast easy riding in the bottom lands.An intermediate rider can have a blast here. An expereinced rider won't get bored either. A beginner will be picking prickly pear thorns out of his body for a long time. Contact the BLM office in Carlsbad to get information.

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3
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3
brogliei   Cross Country Rider [Dec 02, 2003]

The La Cueva trail network is fun and somewhat challenging in sections. The callenges were not very difficult (climbing large rocks in a few of the run offs) and their are no real tough climbs, but at least their were no hike-a-bike sections. I would not call the trails advanced by any means, but it is a good ride for any one willing to deal with cactus. I thought the trail network could have been bigger considering there is nothing but space out there. Adding in a few steeper and more technical climbs would have been nice, but I am from ABQ so I guess I am bias. Great ride if you are out visiting for Thanksgiving and are itching for a ride. Much better than riding on dirt/gravel roads. Oh yeah, I also saw two mule dear (as everyone does it seems), one coyote and about 30 types of cactus. - Aerobicly not very difficult. - Technically easy with few semi tricky areas that would be hard for a novice. - Overall a fun enjoyable ride.

Customer Service

I rode from Otis to the bike shop, checked out the shop and got a map and directions, rode to Lea road, followed Lea then turned on standpipe, rode to the first cattle guard, then headed off and rode the entire trail network, and then rode back to Otis to complete 33 mile loop.

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4
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2
  [Jun 15, 1999]

This trail rules!!!

Customer Service

From the trail head ride north after following the trail about 7 miles turn left back up the road a couple of miles the catch the rest of the trail which will bring you back to the trail head and parking area

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5
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cress lee   [Nov 11, 1999]

the trail has sevral loops that you can take for differen rides there are a lot of switch backs, rocks and cactus a least one spare tube is prudent I have enjoyed this trail many times and the local bike shop was working with the BLM to improve the area

Customer Service

access the trailhead from standpipe road almost to hildago

Similar Products Used: Avalon trail follows the pecos river channel up to avalon resivoir accessed at the CID flumes park behind the Hospital
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4
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marvin albright   [Jun 24, 2000]

About 15+ miles of well groomed and maintained single tracks. A few short but challenging hill climbs. Mostly rolling hills. Some areas are a little rocky but it is all ridable. By far the best trails in southeast New Mexico!!

Customer Service

When going south on standpipe, turn west on dirt road
about 1/2 mile before Hidalgo road. Trailhead is 1/2 mile down this dirt road. Very large parking lot

Similar Products Used: If you ride all of these singletracks, you won't want any other rides.
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4
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Bill   [Jul 25, 2000]

Fun Trail! Just technical enough to be fun, but not really difficult. Obviously maintained by someone. Thank You! Why didn't someone tell me about this trail 5 years ago??!!!!

5 star rating...for not being in the mountains this is a fun trail.

All levels of riders can ride this trail. Intermediate riders can practice climbing and decsending on rocky sections.

I saw virtually zero trash. This is unheard of in New Mexico.

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5
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Ray   [Feb 07, 2001]

As one of the folks who maintains and builds on this trail, I feel humbled by all the great comments (but I do agree with them!) It is a fantastic mix from speedy straights to gut wrenching, rock strewn climbs, to tricky technicals down arroyo bottoms, it has it all. To top it off, it is situated in beautiful Chihuahuan Desert foothills far enough out of town to feel a little remote when you get into the canyons, but within a 10 minute drive of the nearest convenience store. Work is underway to complete a primary ridge trail with several loops coming off of it on the western end. If you ride, please pick up trash if you see it. If you're in the area for a while, feel free to chip in and help build or maintain a little. Just email if you're headed to town.

Customer Service

Do the whole enchilada! 20-21 miles depending on which routes and sub-loops you take, and growing as we speak. Don't miss the out-and-back that heads west into the hills of the La Cueva Escarpment (Actually, this is called the La Cueva Trail System).

Similar Products Used: This is the best singletrack in the area. However, there is more than enough 2-track 4x4 in the area to keep you busy for months. I strongly recommend riding the Guadalupe ridge area in the high Guadalupe Mountains. Spectacular views!!! But, if you plan to do that, get the details, maps, water, etc. before heading up.
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5
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James Perry   [Apr 01, 2001]

If you don't mind a short story and some pic's, you can go to Okearthbike.com and click on the road trips and rides area, then click on carlsgood. This trail does not suck!

Customer Service

Map at the Bike DOC@ Carlsbad, N.M

Similar Products Used: I have heard the race in the Big bend TX is good.
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5
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