Road Apple - Trail, Farmington, Mexico

Road Apple - Trail, Farmington, Mexico

DESCRIPTION

Ned Overend's favorite trail. This is about 50 miles south of Durango, CO and is where the Durango locals go for a close-by ride when the high elevation rides are closed by snow (October-May). It's largley unknown by non-locals. The signs read "Glade Run Trail System" but nobody calls it that. It's a unique area on BLM land with 20 to 30 miles of rolling desert singletrack - terrain like a very long BMX track, with various optional loops. No extended climbing. Not especially difficult but loads of fun. Includes spectacular panoramic views of the Colorado Mountains to the north and "Shiprock" to the west, along with a close up view of numerous gas wells. Has been the site of the annual "Road Apple Rally," claimed to be the oldest continuously run Mountain Bike race in the country, regularly won by Ned. Ideal season is spring and fall. Summer is too hot.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 06, 2011]
coalz
Weekend Warrior

Fun and fast ups and downs. A great high paced trail with lots of twists and turns. Not technically difficult but there are small glimpses of high paced action. Very tight turns around cedar and pinon trees. I enjoy variety and find this trail to be a nice change of pace than riding in CO. Small amounts of sandy washes, 95% of the trail is hard packed.

Customer Service

From foothills blvd head north to the road and loop back making sure the descend the 7 sisters section and back up through bong rock. There is a small dirt jump section that is pretty washed out at 7 sisters.

Similar Products Used:

Alien run, Phil's world

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4
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3
[Oct 04, 2009]
danjmeyers
Cross Country Rider

double track sand, followed by double track sand...and if you bored with that there are dirt roads with deep sand. Oh I forgot about the "whoops" that the locals with rave about, deep sand rolling through endless juniper. Take your gps because every square inch of this place looks exactly like the last 20 feet you just rode.

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1
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2
[Sep 04, 2006]
xcmtnbikernm
Cross Country Rider

This isn't a trail! It's a wide open dirt road! There is so much motor traffic, on is so called trail, it should classified as a highway. It looks like an apoccalyptic waste land with garbage and broken beer bottles everywhere, and any land the atvs haven't torn up, the oil companies have dug up the rest with the hundreds of roads and wells. And there is the constant engine buzz of the gas pumps and the sputtering of the oil wells.
I haven't mentioned the drunk hillbillies yet, when they aren't driving drunk they are parked in the the middle of trail shooting thier empty bottles.
I would give this trail a zero if I could.

Customer Service

Save yourself the disappointment and don't ride it.

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New Mexico is for fat drunks on atvs. Head north any trail in Colorado is better then this. Moab isn't that far from here either.

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1
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1
[Aug 07, 2006]
texasbiker
Weekend Warrior

I have the pleasure of living just 2 miles from the trail head of what we call "Kinsey's Ridge." This is one of my favorite rides and I do it at least once a week when I'm in town. The trail is very well maintained and well travelled so the single track is pretty hard packed, making for some great high speed sections. It's very rideable for even beginners, but a more advanced rider can still have a blast. Not the most technical of trails in the area, but for me, the fun factor is the big draw. If you like to stop and smell the roses (or take in some great scenery) be sure to take along a little digital or single use camera. If you're new to the area, be sure to make your first stop at Cottonwood Cycles on Main St. Those are some good folks who know their stuff and love to get people hooked on their local trails.

Customer Service

Multiple loops to chose from. Get the map and explore.

Similar Products Used:

Alien Run in Hart Canyon on highway 550 just North of Aztec.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Apr 07, 2006]
texasbiker
Downhiller

This beginning of this trail is great for beginners (like myself) but can deffinitely possess its challenges as well. With some great downhills in the first couple miles, it's easy to keep your momentum through the woops. Trail is in good shape most months of the year (if you don't mind some sand here and there).

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At the end of Foothills drive there is a great trail that takes you up onto a ridge overlooking valleys on either side. This is not a difficult trail; winding woops with few substantial climbs. But the scenery is the main draw for this trail. Great for a leisurely ride.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Aug 17, 2005]
raoul
Cross Country Rider

I thought this trail was a blast. 30 plus miles of whoop-de-doos and crusier singletrack. If you're looking for a technical challenge do not ride this trail with that mindset. This is a fast, fun, tempo style course - not a freeride rock garden. The climbing is in the form of short, abrupt climbs with equally abrupt descents. The trail is anywhere from sandy to hardpack to a rockier mix on the backside. It can be ridden agressively even by the first timer. I can see why this course is such a popular one to race on. I give it 5 flamin' chilis for the fun factor.

Customer Service

the standard marked course...

Similar Products Used:

Pinon Mesa (be wary of deep sand!)

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5
VALUE
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3
[Jan 13, 2004]
dugodugo
Cross Country Rider

Daniel my friend, get a clue...Moab is Mecca. As for the Road Apple, not much challenge and way too ripped up by Motocrossers. I almost got killed by one dude. I wasn't impressed and would definitely recommend the Alien Run over the Road Apple. Just say no until they do something about the Moto guys....way too dangerous. In the meantime, I'll just stick around Albq. and ride Otero or Cedro....the trip to Farmington for that ain't worth it.

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Otero, Tunnel Canyon and Cedro Peak in Albuquerque area.

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1
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1
[Sep 19, 2003]
Daniel Barlow
Cross Country Rider

Holy Cow! I really liked the whoops and the rollercoaster rides. It was fast and fun. Talk about air and speed. I come down all the way down from central Utah to ride the trail because I like it. I probably rather ride the road apple than the Moab trails anyway.

Customer Service

Start from the Lions Park start on the Anasazi Trail and go on the Road Apple. Do the whole thing, all 30 miles.

Similar Products Used:

Durango and Pinion Mesa.

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5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 09, 1999]
Cooldaddy

The section we liked the most was seven sisters, it's on the southside after the Kinney trail. The single track is hard packed with sand all around it. Not much climbing except the one section after Seven Sister where you have to climb from the valley up to the rim. Kinney is best on the way back. See our traip report for some pictures:
http://www.geocities.com/yosemite/5033/april99.html

Customer Service

rode most of the trail a couple of times in April. The North side (Mainly Whoops) is not that good on a mtb, it's more of a motocross area. The south side however rocks. It is super fast single track on the rim with some excellent downhills and table-top jumps. Go to a local bike shop and ask for the Road Apple map for directions.

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Pinion Mesa sounds good:

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4
VALUE
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[Oct 21, 1999]
John Monroe

Just go and ride, I really is an experience. There are a few steep inclines and declines. Fast winding down hills, not the Mountain down hills of Durango. But the climate is perfect for the seasons. Living in Dallas for 10 years you can't beat the weather. Rainy season
is July and August, usually. But hot no way, 96 at the peek of summer. Dry yes, but sweat it out and go to Durango and cool down. There are so many trails to ride it is going to take me years to ride them all. And Farmington has provided Cyclist of all kinds access routes through out the better trails with bike lanes and all.

Customer Service

See previous for genral, and find the San Juan College and start from there. Get a map there are many single and double tracks to ride.

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Pinion Hills Rd. trail Just after 30th street. Aztec has a multitude of trails, most unmarked. But get a map.

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5
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