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Mountain bike across Santa Fe and beyond


The Experience

Acclaimed as one of the country's top ten mountain biking destinations, Santa Fe has a multitude of experiences available for beginners and experts alike.

  • Enjoy privately guided exploration
  • Order a packed picnic lunch to enjoy on the trail

Bike The Rail Trail to Lamy | Privately Guided

The Rail Trail Bike Ride is perfect for beginners, visitors acclimating to Santa Fe’s altitude, and families with younger children. Starting just south of Santa Fe, this bike trail follows the historic rail spur to the town of Lamy, an 18-mile spur that opened in February 1880 and connected Santa Fe to the AT&SF’s (now Amtrak) Chicago to Los Angeles cross country route. The Rail Trail offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains – the Sangre de Cristo, the Sandias, and the Jemez Mountains. We love this trail year-round; however, it is particularly lovely in the Fall when the asters and sunflowers are in bloom.
  • 4 Hours | 8-10 Miles

  • Easygoing; great for families and beginners

Rio Chama

Starting near the village of Abiquiu, this bike ride takes you along the Rio Chama. It is a wonderful excursion for those wanting a scenic and idyllic mountain bike ride in O'Keefe Country. Stop for lunch along the river, or for a bit more of a challenge, ride up to the Abiquiu Dam.

  • 8 hours | 17 Miles
  • Strenuous ride with drop offs, only for experienced riders

Galisteo Basin

The Galisteo Basin Preserve offers “the largest publicly-accessible, privately-owned trail network in the American Southwest.” The trails cut across grasslands, along the ridges of sandstone formations and through arroyos or dry sandy riverbeds. There are approximately 50 miles of multi-use trails, ideal for beginner to intermediate-level mountain bikers. Enjoy views of the surrounding mountains – the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Jemez, the Sandias, and the Ortiz Mountains – as you ride along sections with whimsical names such as Henry’s World, Nana’s Surprise, Derek’s Delight and Liam’s Lark.

  • 4 hours | 8-10 Miles
  • Easy: great for families & beginners

West Rim Trail

Located to the southwest of Santa Fe, White Ridge Trail offers intermediate to experienced mountain bikers both spectacular views and a challenging ride along 15 miles of trails. As a blogger put it: “New Mexico mountain biking at its best. The White Mesa loop is fast and flowing, with a few technical hurdles, some exposed ledges and a couple of grunty climbs.”

  • 6 hours | 15 Miles
  • Strenuous ride with drop offs, only for experienced riders

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