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New Mexico

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: New Mexico, United States, North America

Date Ridden: Nov 30, 0000 12:00 am

Activities: Cross Country


Page By: d_shorb

Created/Edited: Jun 10, 2013 / Jun 11, 2013

Object ID: 287116

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One of the nice things about exploring on a bike is that you can cover such long distances in a short period of time.  When having to hike-a-bike, and even do it a lot, it is still faster and better for terrain that would just be long, boring hiking.  Certain areas aren't good for this backcountry riding due to steep, rocky, or jagged mountains, but New Mexico has tons of terrain that is mountainous and rideable.  It also has vast areas that are extremely dry, and would constitute distances much too large to cover safely were it not for rancher's cattle wells.  Additionally, New Mexico has a climate that allows riders to ride year round. Perhaps a double-edged sword, a lot of cool land in New Mexico is managed so that bikes can go into very remote areas, on "roads" that perhaps only see a few ranching or hunting ATV users a year. This, coupled with a lack of people in general make for some quite lonely adventures in areas that do not attract the typical 'outdoor' 'self-propelled' crowd.  Indeed, New Mexico, although it is the 4th largest state, is ranked 37th in population, and further, the majority of that population is located in a small cities.  This leaves the majority of the state to the ranchers, hunters, and fishing-types.  New Mexico's self-propelled outdoor community is small, and so one sees people only in the very popular areas (Highest peaks, convenient trails, etc.).  All this added together creates the perfect 'backcountry' riding experience.

Without giving away to much, these photos are from a collection of rides from areas that are not publicized, although a few bikers DO use these areas...  These are long rides, with some multi day and single track adventures included.  Some of the rides include unofficial trails used by only cattle/animals.   A few pictures are from the northern New Mexico section of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).  The areas in this album are only accessible once the snow melts. 
Perhaps similar to other grassland regions of the world, southern New Mexico has HUGE views!
the newer touring gear allows riders to go deep into otherwise inaccessible areas in NM.

Jemez Cattle Path
A cattle path on one of our favorite long rides.

All water came from these
Ranchers allow biking where, normally, there would be no water sources.

Backcountry Biking at 3200m
A great example of a 'road' that is nearly unused and only sees a few bikers a year.



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VisentinAwesome photos !


Voted 10/10

What a great place. I always thought that New Mexico was a dry place without so much green... feel free to write some text ! (to be able to publish it on the front page I turned it into a trip report)
Posted Jun 11, 2013 6:48 am

d_shorbRe: Awesome photos !


Hasn't voted

Thank you Visentin. I added a bit to make it somewhat attractive. Feel free to manage or change it as you see fit. Hope your riding/running season is going well.
Posted Jun 11, 2013 9:04 pm



Voted 10/10

My sister was down in White Rock for a few years and I never got a chance to bring my bike down. I always wished I'd had a chance to ...
Posted Jun 17, 2013 9:33 am

d_shorbRe: Fantsatic


Hasn't voted

There's a ton of biking in NM, most of which only has sparse info. Thanks for the words, and Happy Biking.
Posted Jun 25, 2013 9:09 am

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