Valles Caldera National Preserve For Mountain Biking

The 51st most popular mountain bike trail in New Mexico.

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Northwest of Santa Fe and west of Los Alamos, the 89,000 acre Valles Caldera National Preserve consists of high grassland valleys above 8,000 feet that hosting the largest elk herd in the southwest. This is an old volcanic caldera, reminiscent of Yellowstone National Park, surrounded by 11,000 foot peaks. The preserve is relatively untracked but does have several dirt roads and a few singletracks open to mountain biking.

To reach the preserve from Albequerque, head north on US25. Follow SR44 northwest through San Ysidro. Turn north on SR4 for 30 miles to the preserve gate.

Overall, Valles Caldera National Preserve is the 51st most popular mountain bike trail of all 53 mountain biking rides in New Mexico.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  Valles Caldera National Preserve (505) 661-3333; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM.

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

Best Season:  May - Oct

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Jemez Falls Campground

Luxury Loding:  Riverdancer Inn, Jemez Springs (505) 829-3262; Elk Mountain Lodge (505) 829-3159

Breakfast Restaurant:  Debs Deli Cafe, Jemez Springs

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  35.8269, -106.58929

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  8/8/2016

ID:  22348

Valles Caldera National Preserve Mountain Biking Map


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