Dale Ball Trail System For Mountain Biking

The 35th most popular mountain bike trail in New Mexico.

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East of Santa Fe, the Dale Ball Trail system is a 22 mile network of short interconnected mountain biking trails designed for mountain biking that roll over Sangre de Cristo foothills through dense pinon pine and juniper pigmy forest. The winding trails are mostly a packed dirt surface that can be rocky at times. They are neatly spaced between several housing developments built into the hills.

To reach the Upper Canyon Road Trailhead from Albuquerque, head north on US25 to the Old Pecos Trail Exit. Head north towards the city center. At Paseo de Peralta (there is a stoplight here) take a right. Go round the bend and take a right on East Alameda (the next light). Alameda Road will wind along for about a mile until it ends at a three-way stop. Take a left heading east on Upper Canyon Road for 1.3 miles. Turn left heading north on Cerro Gordo Road for 100 feet and turn right into the parking area. To reach the trails, head back out the parking area and turn right on Cerro Gordo Road. The first trail entrance is about 100 feet on the right. The second trail entrance is about 0.7 miles further up Cerro Gordo Road on the right heading up a wash. Generally, the trail entrances can be hard to find, but once in the trail system, the routes are well marked with maps at each intersection.

To reach the Hyde Park Road trailhead from Santa Fe, head north on Washington Avenue for a half mile from the Santa Fe Plaza. Turn right onto Artist Road, which becomes SR475, for 2.6 miles. Turn left on Sierra Del Norte (across from Cerros Colorados) heading north for 100 feet to the parking area on the right. The southern section of trails starts across SR475 and is not well signed -- it crosses Cerros Colorados within the first 50 feet from SR475. The northern section of trails starts right from the parking lot and is signed.

Overall, Dale Ball Trail System is the 35th most popular mountain bike trail of all 53 mountain biking rides in New Mexico. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Dale Ball Trail System including Winsor Trail, La Tierra Trails, Cochiti Backcountry, Nambe Badlands, Arroyo Hondo Open Space and Skyline Trail.

Dale Ball Trails near Santa Fe (NM/US)

Dale Ball Trails near Santa Fe (NM/US)

Dale Ball Trails near Santa Fe (NM/US)

Dale Ball Trails near Santa Fe (NM/US)

Dale Ball Trail System Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  Santa Fe County Open Space (505) 992-9868; Nature Conservancy (505) 988-3867; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM; Melo Velo, Santa Fe (505) 995-8356; Santa Fe Mountain Sports (505) 988-3337.

Recommended Map:  "Santa Fe / Los Alamos Trail Map" from Kent Schulte

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Old Santa Fe Inn

Luxury Loding:  Inn of the Anasazi, Santa Fe; Bishops Lodge Ranch, Santa Fe; La Posada, Santa Fe

Breakfast Restaurant:  Pasquels, Santa Fe

Reference Source:  click here http://www.sfct.org/trails/dale-ball-trails

GPS:  35.68647, -105.89518

Date Published:  9/3/2016

Date Updated:  10/20/2017

ID:  19246

Dale Ball Trail System Mountain Biking Map


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