Alien Run-UFO Crash Site - Trail, Outside Aztec, Mexico

Alien Run-UFO Crash Site - Trail, Outside Aztec, Mexico

DESCRIPTION

In March of 1948 a UFO was rumoured to have been tracked by radar and discovered on a lonely mesa top by U.S. military and scientists.A large metallic object with over a dozen humanoid aliens and strange heiroglyphics inside the craft were found.Trucks disguised as oil field work trucks hauled off the craft and its deceased occupants... Quite a fantastic story.Doubtful the US military would ever reveal the truth about the crash,if it really happened.But,there is background radiation at the site that is slightly higher than the surrounding area. A brand new trail,under the supervision of the BLM was built by Al and Deral Saiz called the Alien Run,which snakes its way right beside the crash site. This trail consists of pure winding singletrack combined with technical areas and slickrock sandstone that remind a rider of Moab and Fruita.At present the length is 9+ miles but more distance is being developed to 16 miles at this time. Intermediate to advanced ability is recommended due to the sharp corners,steep technical and rough sandstone in places.The trail is one way only and has very few places to ride full out on higher gears. On the 3.9 mile of trail be sure to stop at the UFO site.A plaque describing the crash and the high desert silence makes for an electrifying experience. THIS IS A MTN BIKE AND FOOT TRAIL ONLY! No motos, ATV's, 4x4's or any other gas-powered machines allowed on the trails. Best time to ride is in the fall,spring and summer mornings.It can get below zero in the winter to 95 degrees in mid summer.Evening thundershowers and flash floods are common.The close proximity to Colorado(10mi)and higher altitude(6600ft) make weather unpredictable in the summer afternoons. Many thanks to the Saiz Bros and BLM for approving trails at a time when other U.S.mtn biking areas are being considered for closure. For a detailed map and other info click on to the URL link: www.aztecufo.com

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 14, 2016]
Guyechka
Cross Country Rider

Alien is really good for early spring/late fall riding. The only trouble is that it's just the single loop with a tiny bit of side diversion.

I am going to say that the beginner loop is intermediate and the regular loop is intermediate/advanced. I keep seeing people out there ready to ride the "beginner" loop on Wallyworld bikes without helmets, and I have to wonder just how long it would take the paramedics to extract them.

Customer Service

There is only one route.

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Phil's, Boggy Draw, Horse Gulch.

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3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 11, 2014]
Skelldify
Cross Country Rider

I really liked this trail. I'm not usually a big fan of flow trails, but this is the best one I have ever ridden. I just kept wanting to go faster! A lot of flow trails feel like they have excessive twists and turns for no reason, and seem to go on forever with no variety. On this trail, the turns actually feel necessary, and the 9 mile loop was the perfect length. The terrain was a really nice mix of slickrock, hardpack, and sand. There was also some great scenery.

The trail could use a little pruning for sure. There's nothing worse than perfectly apexing a corner, only to get snagged by shrubbery on the inside.

The Black Hole was a pretty nice little (really little, like two minutes) tech loop. There is a TON of potential for more tech out here. I'd love to see a longer tech loop added that incorporates some of the rock features. Next time I'm here, I'd love to session some of this stuff.

Customer Service

Can only be ridden CCW. The 9-mile loop was perfect for a quick spin.

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DURANGO!

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 08, 2011]
HOSS
Cross Country Rider

NOT REALLY RIDDEN ONCE BECAUSE
NEVER FOUND THE TRAIL HEAD
TRIED FOR AN HOUR +
JUST WASTED A LOTA' GAS
DROVE BACK TO TOWN FOR INFO FROM A SHOP
BUT BOTH WERE CLOSED... ???
GAVE UP AND GOT SOME BEER INSTEAD
THERE GOES MY 1 DAY TO RIDE THS WK ..SH*T!
NXT TIME THINK I'LL GO W PHIL'S, DRNGO OR GALLUP

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1
VALUE
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1
[Oct 22, 2010]
monkeyboy
Cross Country Rider

Not a bad trail but I would not call it a great/amazing trail. If you have to be in Aztec or Farmington area, then worth checking out, or, for the novelty of the UFO stuff (they have done a nice job of marketing the "alien" part of it all).

First half is pretty nice with with mostly smooth flowy packed dirt trail (uphill tending) with some decent little slick rock sections that have harder spur loops if so inclined. This section runs along a small canyon rim with some interesting rock formations but it has too much gas industry influence and infrastructure nearby to make the scenic value that great.

The second half (if you do the 10 mile loop), after visiting the UFO monument, runs back into the pinon/juniper/sage forest/desert for some pretty fun cruising at times. Definitely got to look out for low hanging branches or tight corners with the junipers guarding the apexes.

At the midway point (~5miles; just past the UFO site), there is an option to do a longer loop (I suppose it loops) that gives a 19 mile total ride; it is called the Outer Limits. I rode about 1.5 miles on this before deciding it just wasn't worth it. It was a rather primitive/obscure trail and wandered ridiculously around in the junipers and the surface was mostly river rock cobblestones. Given that the trail quality was not getting any better and it didn't seem to be heading anywhere more scenic or interesting, I turned around. I would not recommend this section of trail but am not including it my rankings. Perhaps it is just too new.

Customer Service

As noted, one way trail. CCW only.

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RATING
3
VALUE
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1
[Sep 06, 2009]
Darrell Griffith
Cross Country Rider

Wow what a trail, It was a lot of fun even for the kids. We had some hike a bike on the technical section but it was enjoyable afternoon. There are some rocky section Little toublesum for kids. But you have to teach them sometime that side of riding. The veiws are just wonderful, can't tell the folks what it looks like just you have to go and ride and see what were talking about. The UFO site can use alittle cleaning up and repainting signs. What I mean by cleaning is Redoing the trail marker around the UFO crash site. But all and all I think this is amust do Trail for the weekend riders. Just make sure your bike is in good working order this coarse well test it. We well go and do this trail again and again. Thx Maddog

Customer Service

Just Need a sign by the Highway US-550 turn off. And went you travel up the dirt road look for a small 1 ft x 2 ft sign on your left hand side There well be a Enterprise single Compressor Unit just across the wash and travel up the road when you top the hill you well see another off to the left but slow down and look right. I know the Moutains in Colorado look wonderful but look for a little tool'e road right passed the cattle guard. Drive up that road to the East, there's a small parking lot up by a fence w/yellow opening for bikes.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 23, 2009]
David
Weekend Warrior

I do not think I was on the right trail. But if I was I looks to be fun. I road It on February 23 and it was still very muddy from the snow melt. Challanging parts but I think most beginners could have a great time on it.




Customer Service

Not sure, because I am not sure I was on the right trail. I kept seeing signs that sail Mt View trail.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Oct 23, 2008]
Tim Maddux
Racer

This trail is the perfect "afterwork ride." I just met Al and Daryl, the guys that built the trail 12 years prior, sounds like they really worked their asses off for over a year to make this fun loop. It takes right at an hour at leisure pace and around 45min cranking a little harder. Right at 9 miles.
Fun and good rhythm, people say its not too technical...well...depends on how fast you descend. The surface is good, but the layout of the turns can be very technical when you're going for speed. As in picking the right line, keeping your momentum, while not getting ripped off by a tree!
I would recommend to anyone!

Thanks Al and Daryl

Customer Service

Park at the trail head, and follow the signs...that simple

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Pinion Mesa

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 09, 2008]
ekdj
Cross Country Rider

Had business to take care of in Farmington, and glad I brought my bike! This trail is great, not too technical and had a little bit of everything. Didn't clean the the section just after the bridge (not so skilled with the trials-riding technique) but had fun and got the loop done in just over an hour. Some sections were really sandy this time of year, and the trail was a little hard to find around the sand-stone "slickrock" sections. Other than that definitely worth riding. No wonder Bike Mag selected it as it's pick for New Mexico. Not a newbie trail, but not real hard for more experienced riders.

Customer Service

Counter is the only way

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haven't ridden much else up there, other than Engineer trail network in Durango (way fun).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 23, 2008]
jrkakki
Racer

Amazing. Great Single Track, very environementally friendly as well. The trail builders didn't take out a single tree when making this trail. Great flowy singletrack. Mixed in with a few tech sections. But the the technical sections are short enough that they are easily hike-able by those who choose not to ride them. Plus you get to ride past a UFO Crash Site. Awesome, go ride it NOW! Incredibly well marked as well.

Customer Service

Counterclockwise is the only way.

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Road Apple

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 10, 2007]
Joseph Sawyer
Weekend Warrior

This trail is amazing - it is by far the best trail in the Farmington area and there are both long and short versions depending on how energetic you feel -
the trail has a little of everything except long downhills or long climbs. There are some great slickrock sections, some very technical spurs off the main trail and some very tight hard packed single track -
there are very few sand traps, like so many other trails in the area, particularly the very sandy pinon mesa mess.

Customer Service

one way trail - pick the long version if you feel inclined about halfway through the main loop - try the spurs marked with the white paint if you want to challenge yourself.

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none! this one has it all, whatever you do avoid pinion mesa unless you are riding a motorized contraption

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
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