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Hey there!

My little brother and I are pretty set on doing a biking trip to NM around the Santa Fe and Taos area. We'd like to do a trip sooner than later so probably late Spring or late Summer. It looks like late June is best for the Taos area.

Neither he or I have been to NM before which is why it sounds fun and different. We've made several trips to Colorado and done trails like Crested Butte 401, Monarch Crest, Breckenridge Peak Trail... All were great.

We're from Kansas City, MO which has a decent dose of technical trail. We like a range of different terrain. Pretty much anything except large drops and jumps.

So! All of you locals or experienced riders in NM any suggestions? I'll also continue to search this forum for similar threads to build ideas.

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  • Time of year: around June most likely but open to suggestions
  • Area: Santa Fe and Taos
  • What trails are a MUST visit?
  • Food...We're going to need some amazing and most likely unhealthy food
  • Micro Brewery Pubs... I'm going to need some really good beer after riding
  • Good/safe inexpensive places to stay?
 

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In Taos do South Boundary. Most shuttle, there is also a way to loop it from the golf course, you will need someone to show you the way though. My favorite way is an out and back. Some great climbing and then you get to do it all again the other way. I did it on my Knolly Chilcotin. Angel Fire is worth a visit as well.

The Dale Ball trails in SF are a must do. They are all good, the south DB trails, I believe are more techy, my favorite. Atalya from the college and back on the DB trails is fun. Windsor is good, not as great as some would say IMO, but each their own. Chamiso to sidewinder is a must do. REM I have not done, others can chime in.

A trip a ABQ is worth it to ride otero/coyote/tunnel if you have the time.
 

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In Taos do South Boundary. Most shuttle, there is also a way to loop it from the golf course, you will need someone to show you the way though. My favorite way is an out and back. Some great climbing and then you get to do it all again the other way. I did it on my Knolly Chilcotin. Angel Fire is worth a visit as well.

The Dale Ball trails in SF are a must do. They are all good, the south DB trails, I believe are more techy, my favorite. Atalya from the college and back on the DB trails is fun. Windsor is good, not as great as some would say IMO, but each their own. Chamiso to sidewinder is a must do. REM I have not done, others can chime in.

A trip a ABQ is worth it to ride otero/coyote/tunnel if you have the time.
Great, thanks Patrick. I looked up the South Boundary traik and that trail does look pretty sweet. Ridable mid to late June or is that chancing it?

Windsor and Dale Ball are on the list. They look to be classics from the reviews. ABQ might have to make it in the trip especially since it looks like it is only an hour or so away.

Thanks for the help!
 

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What type of trails do you like best mordock? What bike will you be riding?

Santa Fe has some very rocky trails and some very hard packed smooth ones. Dale Ball is a trail system not necessarily a trail. Its devided in 2 halves, north and south. The north section can be alot of fun if you like XC type trail. The south is rock strewn and can be alot of fun if thats your thing. Windsor trail is 8 miles of uphill then 8 miles of down hill. Its an out and back. A very easy trail to folkow. Dale ball north and Windsor get packed with hikers. The must do trail in santa fe , for me is REM or Rio en Medio. Its a long shuttle with lots of rocks and junk.

Los Alamos has great riding. It doesnt have the name recognition that santa fe and taos do but if you could get a local to show you around you would be very happy with the trails there.

Taos has the south boundry trail. Lots of people consider it the best trail in the state but the eat energy gels. It supposed to be really good and if there is a must do trail for general riders i suppose south boundry is it. If your more of a tech lover rem from deception peak, 110000' ,is the ****.

When your in santa fe go to Baja Tacos on cerrilios rd. Its a greasy wet dream.
 

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Lots of fine riding in Santa Fe. Hook up with a local if possible to show you around. Regarding Winsor, rather than just the standard up/down, link it up with several alternative routes (Borrego, Bear Wallow, Big T, Chamiza, Sidewinder etc) I'd be happy to ride with you and show you the goods. Depends on my work schedule so shoot me a PM a few days beforehand and I'll try to clear some time. Also, I'd ride Dale Ball first to help get acclimated. Lots of signage on DBall so no guide needed but If I'm free it'd be my pleasure to show you around there too.

Regarding Beer in Santa Fe, check out Second Street (2 different locations) and Marble Brewing. Marble is currently moving to a new location so not sure what date they'll be reopening - mid May I think. Duel brewing is worth a trip too. Do yourselves a favour and sample what Albuquerque brewer, La Cumbre, has to offer. I've been on a Malpais Stout kick lately but the Elevated IPA is outstanding too. No brewery or tap room in Santa Fe but you can pick some up at Sprouts grocery or several liquor stores (I get mine at Susan's) Also, Santa Fe Brewing is just South of town and they have a tasting room on premise. Not generally a big fan of their beer but it's worth checking out if your in the area.

Enjoy your time in the Land of Enchantment. It's a great place!
 
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What type of trails do you like best mordock? What bike will you be riding?
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I ride a newer Stumpjumper FSR. My brother rides a Salsa Horsethief. So both bikes that can take a lil beating. I mainly xc trails from smooth fast rolling to some tech and rocky rooty trails. I'll certainly do some research on a few of those trails. REM and Rio en Medio seems like fun. Greasy tacos after a ride...yes please!

Lots of fine riding in Santa Fe. Hook up with a local if possible to show you around. Regarding Winsor, rather than just the standard up/down, link it up with several alternative routes (Borrego, Bear Wallow, Big T, Chamiza, Sidewinder etc) I'd be happy to ride with you and show you the goods. Depends on my work schedule so shoot me a PM a few days beforehand and I'll try to clear some time. Also, I'd ride Dale Ball first to help get acclimated. Lots of signage on DBall so no guide needed but If I'm free it'd be my pleasure to show you around there too.
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Great suggestions man. I've heard the beer scene is pretty darn good in NM so will have to take advantage of some of those for sure. I really like hippy beers like IPAs and pale ales. I enjoy stouts too. Especially imperial and oatmeal stouts.

I'm liking the idea of Dale Ball as a warm up trail. I was also thinking a trail or two in ABQ to warm up might not be a bad idea. But that might depend how much time we can be there.

Thanks for the offer on showing us around if it works for ya. That it's nice of you! I might have to hit you up on that. Seems like navigation can be a concern there among a lot of the trails.
 

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Great, thanks Patrick. I looked up the South Boundary traik and that trail does look pretty sweet. Ridable mid to late June or is that chancing it?

Windsor and Dale Ball are on the list. They look to be classics from the reviews. ABQ might have to make it in the trip especially since it looks like it is only an hour or so away.

Thanks for the help!

You should be good that time of year. Depends on the snow pack and of course rain or any trees blown down.

I think you would be missing out if you didn't hit up ABQ for a day or two. Great trails, good food, cheap lodging. If you ride the trails here during the week you will hardly run into anyone. Good maps from the ranger station or Kerry posted a thread with new maps you can download.
 

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So grand news, well for us...We have our hotels booked and plan to visit NM late June/1st week of July!

We did run into a problem. We're having troubles finding a shuttle service for South Boundary. Contacted Gearing Up in Taos and they said they don't shuttle anymore.

Any ideas for shuttling for this trail?

We'd love to ride this trail but I doubt our legs will thank us doing a "there and back"...
 

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Definitely check out the Taos Mesa Brewing, best locally brewed beer south of Durango and dank food. Maybe can meet someone to hire for a shuttle too.
 

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La Tierra in Santa Fe is worth a ride. And Dale Ball North is great. The southern end is bikeable by some but can be considered a hiking trail for most. For a good climb, ride up Aspen Vista before dropping in to Winsor.

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Definitely check out the Taos Mesa Brewing, best locally brewed beer south of Durango and dank food. Maybe can meet someone to hire for a shuttle too.
We will currently do that! We'll need some beer after riding South Boundary for sure!

I am from Kansas City originally and would be happy to be a guide for a day or two in Abq.
Awesome dude. I'll shoot you a PM later this week and let you know what the plan is.

If you guys are going to be around this coming weekend. I would show you the South Boundary trail. We could do it with 2 cars. It is a 25 mile ride about from Valle Escondido.
We would certainly be interested in that. However, we won't be riding South Boundary until July. We 95% set on July 2nd. Think you can pull that off?
 
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