Woman mountain biking at Bishop's Lodge, Santa Fe
Woman mountain biking at Bishop's Lodge, Santa Fe

Mountain bike across Santa Fe and beyond

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

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.

Mother and son biking together

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 followers 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 | Easygoing; great for families and beginners

Moderate to Challenging Adventures | Privately Guided

Mountain biking at Bishop's Lodge, Santa Fe

Glorieta Mesa High Desert Trail

Located to the southeast of Santa Fe, Glorieta Mesa is studded with farms set amid gently rolling hills and open spaces. The high desert trail is approximately 10 miles round trip with expansive views to the north of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
  • 4 hours | Easygoing to moderate
Three people mountain biking in the desert

Caja del Rio

Enjoy this moderate trail with some short, steep climbs along iconic New Mexico dirt trails. Adventurers can still view remnants of ancient volcanic cones along the way and enjoy expansive views of the surrounding mountains. Caja del Rio, which means "box of the river," covers approximately 84,000 acres. The mountain bike ride we offer will grant you a glimpse of what the area has to offer.
  • 4 hours | Moderate to challenging
mountain biking under aspens

High Alpine Bike Ride

A challenging high alpine bike ride, the beginning of the trailhead is located at an altitude of 10,000 feet. Ride the Aspen Vista Trail to the top of Tesuque Peak (12,045 feet) - a strenuous and long climb, 6 miles up; it't not for the faint of heart. The views, however, are spectacular and it's a particularly beautiful ride in the autumn when the aspens are changing color.
  • 4 hours | Challenging
Mountain biking near Rio Chama

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.
  • 6-8 hours | Moderate to challenging

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