Dale Ball North - Trail, Santa Fe, Mexico

Dale Ball North - Trail, Santa Fe, Mexico

DESCRIPTION

These are new trails and the first of many more miles to come. They are tricky, technical single track twisters through the pinyon woods in the foothills over looking Santa Fe. The tread is good and fast but watch out for the soft shoulders and tight switch-backs. The outside loop is about 5 miles +/- with cut off trails to vary distances. The next system to be built will stretch south to the Atalaya mountain trail adding another 17 miles they say.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 28, 2012]
Tabeguached
Weekend Warrior

I brought my bike for a short visit to a Santa Fe conference, locals recommended Dale Ball system which was just fine. Nice use of public land, densely packed trails that are well marked with signage at each junction. Nothing was very hard, but it was great to get out for a few rides in the pinyon. Don't get too rowdy, cactus bumpers on the trail side.

The BIG problem with the trail system is secure parking. The lot is a target for smash-and-grab vandals. Lot's of auto glass on the ground. Noticed locals leave windows down and NOTHING in the car. This was a real distraction and I couldn't relax into the ride without wondering what I would find getting back. A bicycle cop in town admitted a robbery at the site on a daily basis.

N.B. Santa Fe officials, put up a camera or get some tough locals to go minuteman on the robbers; this is one problem will keep me away.

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1
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3
[Nov 02, 2009]
pburnsky
Cross Country Rider

If you are reading this to decide where to ride in Santa Fe, and you have limited time to explore the OTHER vast areas around the town: Go ahead and ride Dale Ball central and north. You'll like it. Not too technical. Tough ups. Keeps you interested, and is a good 2 hour work out. Cant get lost. Trails are marked superbly. Some nice, but short descents. Lots of hot ladies ridin around too. BONUS!

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3
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3
[Sep 07, 2009]
blainefree
Cross Country Rider

Great trails. North seems to be harder pack and a bit faster than Central. Certainly faster than South which is very steep and loose.

Customer Service

I rode twice. Once from St Johns connecting South to Central to North and back, the other time I connected the Central to North and back in one big loop. I hope to get back to Santa Fe again to ride these trails again.

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5
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3
[Sep 21, 2006]
O' Tim
Cross Country Rider

What a great urban trail system for Santa Fe! The city deserves kudos for acquiring this open space and making use of it like this. I envy the homeowners on these ridges that have the trails running right through their backyard (they may not be as thrilled). I've never seen such a well-marked system, what with every junction numbered and a small map posted at each so it is virtually impossible to get lost. I loved how the trails take you up and down through the different geologic strata ranging from deep red to light tan, and the flora of cactus, sagebrush (smells wonderful!), chimisa and other beautiful late summer wildflowers. I'd love to see what pops out in the spring. Like other reviewers said some of the switchbacks are a bit tight but that's about as technical as these trails get. Flow and sightlines are fair - as some said there are tight jogs through trees that could be improved. There is a lot of fall line routing that is starting to show erosion on these young trails, and several spots on the contour sections that are starting to berm up a bit. There's a good mix of some rocky climbs and descents with buff, fast-rolling singletrack. This is some great high desert riding that should not be missed if you are in the area!

Customer Service

I didn't do the south section as I was out of shape and was told the climbs are pretty heinous (especially for unacclimated flatlanders). I started at the Nature Conservancy trailhead near the junction of Cerro Gordo and Upper Canyon Road, going counter-clockwise on the perimeter of the central and north sections, a total of about 11 miles. These trails are just minutes from the Plaza, so they make for a great after-work roll.

Similar Products Used:

Windsor Trail at Santa Fe Ski Area and South Boundary Trail near Angel Fire.

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4
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3
[Sep 21, 2006]
O' Tim
Cross Country Rider

What a great urban trail system for Santa Fe! The city deserves kudos for acquiring this open space and making use of it like this. I envy the homeowners on these ridges that have the trails running right through their backyard (they may not be as thrilled). I've never seen such a well-marked system, what with every junction numbered and a small map posted at each so it is virtually impossible to get lost. I loved how the trails take you up and down through the different geologic strata ranging from deep red to light tan, and the flora of cactus, sagebrush (smells wonderful!), chimisa and other beautiful late summer wildflowers. I'd love to see what pops out in the spring. Like other reviewers said some of the switchbacks are a bit tight but that's about as technical as these trails get. Flow and sightlines are fair - as some said there are tight jogs through trees that could be improved. There is a lot of fall line routing that is starting to show erosion on these young trails, and several spots on the contour sections that are starting to berm up a bit. There's a good mix of some rocky climbs and descents with buff, fast-rolling singletrack. This is some great high desert riding that should not be missed if you are in the area!

Customer Service

I didn't do the south section as I was out of shape and was told the climbs are pretty heinous (especially for unacclimated flatlanders). I started at the Nature Conservancy trailhead near the junction of Cerro Gordo and Upper Canyon Road, going counter-clockwise on the perimeter of the central and north sections, a total of about 11 miles. These trails are just minutes from the Plaza, so they make for a great after-work roll.

Similar Products Used:

Windsor Trail at Santa Fe Ski Area and South Boundary Trail near Angel Fire.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Jul 20, 2001]
DC

This is a new trail system and is open to hikers and bikers only - no horses or motorized vehicles. It is fast and fun though low on technical riding aside from mostly very tight switchbacks, very soft shoulders in places and trees leaning into the trail. Otherwise the trail is smooth, hard packed and fast. There are a few long gradual climbs and nothing very steep. We rode the entire loop in about 1.5 hours. Two loops should be within most riders abilities.
I would recommend this trail for intermediate and advanced riders and only beginners that are in shape and pumped about mountain biking.

Customer Service

Start at Junction 1 and ride till you complete the entire loop - approximately 7.5 miles. The junction signs/maps along the way make trail finding simple.
At Junction #10 bare right to take the loop that heads to the southern portion. This section adds another 2 miles and is worth it.

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4
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[Sep 20, 2001]
David Souders

The trails have been expanded and now go to Upper Canyon Road. Very fun to ride. Just watch for hikers.

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5
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[Nov 04, 2001]
GUS

These are fantastic trails if you like very smooth and twisty trails that you really cant open up on because there are no straight sections. They are very well made trails.. a little too well made. The best time to ride the trail is on the weekend so you can view runners and hikers in their sports bras. These are wonderful trails to go break in your new mail order light speed! I give this trail network 5 stars due to the work put into creating it.

Customer Service

No recommended route, it all looks the same

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5
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[Nov 24, 2001]
Matt

Way to go City of Santa Fe!! This new trail system is a great alternative to Windsor or Atalaya Mtn. The trails are smooth with gradual climbs and drops. This trail is not technical at all, but there are some decent climbs and tight turns that make this a fun ride. Definately a good trail to hit on a day you want to take it easy.

Customer Service

Go in order of the signs 1-9.

Similar Products Used:

Otero in Albuquerque

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4
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[Mar 15, 2002]
Mark Stierwalt

These trails are a huge step in the right direction. But these tails are not necessacerly for the hardcore and were not designed for bikers. Don't get me wrong, these trails are not bad. They just need some fine tuning. They are good for basic skill building and staying in shape. But, these trails were not designed for cyclist. The corners are all to often made so the curves pivot around trees and are also very narrow in these same spots. This makes for tiny tight turns where there is not enough room to place the bike on edge and counter balance with your body to make the turn efficiently. This means you have to slow down to almost a stop and "steer" the bike around the turn. And since these turns have a tree immediately on one side and a very narrow trail with a birm on the other side, cyclists will go to closer to the edge of the trail avoiding the tree and end up washing out the birm. Keep in mind this is mainly on the North loop. Volenteers are maintaining the trails and will start to notice that bikes will be going off trail repeatedly in the same spots and should modify these corners eventually. Good place for winter riding.

Customer Service

Take outermost trails/loops going counter clockwise around North and South loops from main parking lot on Artist road. Include "new" loop or connect to Attalya for more burn. This is not the place for a speed fix. And if you have to go on the weekends be redy to encounter atleast 25 people on the trail. The "New" loop has several intersections without signs which can send you astray so look at the signs posted and keep track of distance mentally until you are familar with the area.

Similar Products Used:

Windsor and all of the trails accessing Windsor are more fun on all counts.

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3
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