Nambe Badlands For Mountain Biking

The 42nd most popular mountain bike trail in New Mexico.

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North of Santa Fe, the Nambe Badlands has a 10 mile trail network. The trail network consists of two loops that rolle through riparian terrain with some steep climbs. The most popular loop is 2.7 miles with 200 feet of climbing.

The mountain biking trailhead for the Nambe Badlands is about a 30 mile drive north of Santa Fe on SR503. The trailhead is located 2.8 miles north of the Nambe Pueblo, and 2.9 miles south of the CR98 intersection. There is a unsigned parking area on the west side of the SR503 and some limited road side parking on the east side of SR503. Note: make sure to stay on the trails and do not ride cross country; the locals will definitely yell at you if they catch you riding cross-country.

Overall, Nambe Badlands is the 42nd most popular mountain bike trail of all 53 mountain biking rides in New Mexico. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Nambe Badlands including Winsor Trail, Dale Ball Trail System, La Tierra Trails, Cochiti Backcountry, Arroyo Hondo Open Space and Skyline Trail.


Local Contact(s):  BLM (575) 758-8851; 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:  NFS Big Tesque Campground; Old Santa Fe Inn; Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas, NM

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

Breakfast Restaurant:  Pasquels, Santa Fe

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  35.925034, -105.962566

Date Published:  9/3/2016

Date Updated:  10/20/2017

ID:  23661


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