Rim Trail Dirt Biking

Near Cloudcroft, the Rim Trail is a rough 28 mile dirt biking route with fast downhills and technical climbs. The popular Rim Trail is a combination of old Native American Indian paths, railroad grades and hold homestead paths. The route passes through stands of pine and aspens. It drops into Haynes Canyon and winds out along the western rim of the Sacramento Mountains. Sections can be very narrow and steep for ATV riding.

To reach the popular dirt bike trailhead for the Rim Trail, follow SR70 to SR82. Turn right towards Cloudcraft and turn onto Sunspot Highway. Park at the first turnout.

The closest access is now as follows: From the US 82/NM 130 intersection in Cloudcroft, drive south on NM 130 1.8 miles to the NM 6563 junction; turn right (toward Sunspot) and follow for 0.1 mile. There is a trailhead on the right.

Rim Trail (T105) is a National Recreational Trail. The registered 13.5 miles long trail begins near Slide Group Campground and parallels the Scenic By-Way 6563 to Atkinson Field. The remainder of this trail continues on to Sunspot and then on south to Hornbuckle Hill on FR 90 (West Side Road). It affords many beautiful views of the Tularosa Basin below.

Rim Trail Dirt Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  LNF (505) 682-2551; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM.

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Slide Group Campground

Luxury Loding:  Lodge Resort, Cloudcroft (866) 595-6343

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Date Updated:  7/11/2016

Rim Trail Dirt Biking Map


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