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The Best Santa Fe Mountain Biking Trails For Fall

Santa Fe Mountain Biking Trails Mountain biking as a sport has been growing in popularity around the country, but it’s long been a beloved activity around Sante Fe and northern New Mexico.  In fact, Santa Fe has an incredible variety of mountain biking trails, all within 30 minutes of downtown.  Whether you’re looking for cross country trails, rugged mountain trails, downhill trails, or something in between, you’ll certainly find it here in northern New Mexico.

Casa Escondida is located just over 30 minutes from downtown Santa Fe and is centrally located to all of northern New Mexico’s top attractions, including a variety of mountain biking trails in Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. We make it easy for you to enjoy the best of New Mexico’s majestic beauty while you explore the area’s top attractions and experience nature like never before.

Our location in the beautiful countryside north of Santa Fe means you’ll never be surrounded by large crowds. Casa Escondida Bed and Breakfast is both safe and small, with plenty of options for social distancing.  This fall, come to breathe deep in the fresh air of Northern New Mexico and enjoy that much-needed change of scenery that you’ve been craving.  Book your room at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast today!

The Best Mountain Biking Trails in Santa Fe

Santa Fe’s mountain biking trails are easily some of the best in the country, a fact that is supported by the city earning a Silver level designation from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) in 2014.  Since then, the proliferation and improvement of trails have only gotten better.

One of the best parts about the mountain biking trails in Santa Fe is the variety.  Everyone can enjoy mountain biking here, whether you’re just getting started or whether you’ve been riding for years. The elevation in and around Santa Fe does make the trails challenging, but in a good way, of course. Moreover, many of Santa Fe’s mountain biking trails are accessible throughout the year – especially those in the lower elevations.

Santa Fe Mountain Biking Trails

Just like hiking, there are more mountain biking trails in the Santa Fe area than we can count.  Even so, there are a few favorites that prove consistently popular with locals and visitors alike.  Here are what we consider to be 10 of the best mountain biking trails in the Sante Fe area:

  1. The Winsor Trail is easily the most popular of the Santa Fe mountain biking trails. This trail starts in the village of Tesuque and makes it way all the way to the Ski Santa Fe Basin.
  2. The Dale Ball Trail is another popular mountain biking trail in the Santa Fe area. In total, the network includes 25 miles of trails and it starts right from the heart of downtown Santa Fe.  Its accessibility is one of its main features, but it’s certainly not the only reason to ride this network of trails.
  3. If you’re looking for easier trails, head to La Tierra. There’s certainly something here for everyone, but it’s a notable location for beginner riders as well.
  4. If you’re looking for big downhill mountain biking trails in Santa Fe, you can’t go wrong with Glorieta Camps. These trails have hosted national championships in the past and will present you with a serious challenge.
  5. The Galisteo Basin is a relative newcomer to the mountain biking scene around Santa Fe, but it’s already proving to be popular. It’s another great option for beginners, but it also offers a little something for everyone.
  6. Easy rides are just as enjoyable as the tough ones. If you’re looking for something relatively but equally as beautiful, head to the Santa Fe Rail Trail, which starts in downtown.
  7. For more great views, head up to Aspen Vista.  The trail actually is on a dirt road, and it climbs 6 miles to the top of Ski Santa Fe.  While it isn’t technically as difficult, it’s quite an elevation gain as you go!
  8. The South Boundary Trail, which is actually 30+ minutes north of Santa Fe and much closer to our Bed and Breakfast, is considered to be one of the best rides in the country. The 30+ mile route climbs ~10,000 from Angel Fire up into the mountains – where the Aspens will be in full fall display soon – and then descends down into Taos.  A shuttle is required to do this ride.
  9. The best part about mountain biking at Pajarito Mountain actually isn’t the lift that will take you to the top – it’s the incredible descent that follows! There are 30 trails here that drop 1,200 feet vertically – offering hours upon hours of pure entertainment.
  10. Atalaya is another legendary mountain biking trail in the Santa Fe area and is known for it’s a short but steep ascent. the grade is a consistent 15-20%, which makes for an exceptionally hard but rewarding workout.

*Make sure you check whether these trails are open before you go.  COVID-19 may impact some of these experiences in the short term.

Santa Fe Mountain Biking Trails

Where to Unwind Near Santa Fe, New Mexico

While these 10 mountain biking trails are great, there are so many more we haven’t had a chance to talk about yet.  There are trails all over northern New Mexico, including some close to our relaxing Bed and Breakfast!  As with most things here, there’s truly more to see and do than you’ll have time for in a short visit.  You’ll just have to plan future trips to see even more of this incredible area!

When you do, know the Casa Escondida Bed and Breakfast will be here waiting for you.  Our Inn is located between both Santa Fe and Taos. It’s the perfect home base from which to launch your adventures, and we’d love to help you enjoy the very best in the area. Come explore New Mexico this fall. Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast Near Santa Fe today.