There is no feeling quite as liberating as the fresh air blowing past you as you whisk down peaceful roads bordered with scenic views as far as the eye can see. Santa Fe has been rated one of America’s best Mountain Bike Towns by USA Today and also one of the Top 10 Mountain Biking Destinations in North America! With that being said, exploring the Santa Fe bike trails is a necessity for your New Mexico getaway itinerary! To help you get started, here are just some of the best trails that we most highly recommend to our guests.
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5 of Our Favorite Santa Fe Bike Trails
The curving mountains and varying terrain of the Santa Fe area make for some incredible biking opportunities. What’s even better? There are literally dozens of trails for you to choose from! Whether you are seeking a leisurely ride through the mountains or an exhilarating journey down the mountain, we can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed! Take a look at our favorites and find the ones that are best suited to your skill level and desires.
Santa Fe Rail Trail (Easy)
This 17-mile long trail is one of the most popular in Santa Fe! The asphalt and dirt terrain makes it perfect for bikers, hikers, and even horseback riders. Beginning at the Railyard, the Santa Fe Rail Trail runs to the outskirts of town at Rabbit Road.
Santa Fe River Trail (Easy)
The River Trail is a 3-mile paved road that flows alongside the Santa Fe River. In addition to scenic views and peaceful parks, the road will lead you through historic Downtown Santa Fe, Frenchy’s Field, and much more!
Dale Ball Trails (Easy to Intermediate)
3 separate trails make up the Dale Ball Trails system, meaning a new adventure each time you visit! For some of the best mountain biking in Santa Fe, the locals highly recommend the trail that begins at mile marker 1. You can bet that you will encounter some stunning views of the Santa Fe mountains along the way!
Aspen Vista Trail (Intermediate)
This action-packed mountain trail is filled with incredible views and excitement on the way down. You’ll begin on Tesuque Peak at 12,000 feet to take in the scenery before you journey down the side of the mountain. The Aspen Vista Trail is 10-miles long and is sure to keep your adrenaline pumping from start to finish. Keep in mind that snow on the trail is very likely during the winter months!
Pajarito Mountain Bike Trails (Easy to Difficult)
Consisting of 1,200 feet of downhill freeride trails, the Pajarito Mountain Bike Park is an exhilarating and one-of-a-kind mountain biking experience. It is also a two-time winner of the Top 5 MTBparks Riders’ Choice Awards for the Southeast Region! The park itself contains 30 trails that vary from beginner to expert levels, so you’re sure to find your perfect bike trail match. Find your favorite and enjoy many more amenities including a lift service.
Immerse in Outdoor Adventure During Your Stay at Casa Escondida
Northern New Mexico is a wonderland of outdoor recreation and adventure. Discover it all when you stay at our beautiful bed and breakfast in an ideal location! Conveniently nestled between Santa Fe and Taos, our inn places you just minutes from some of the region’s best outdoor destinations. You will also enjoy cozy and comfortable guest rooms, a traditional New Mexican breakfast, and a peaceful countryside setting all in one! Plan the getaway of a lifetime and book your favorite Casa Escondida room today!