the most exciting Albuquerque mountain bike trails

There are many fantastic ways to explore Albuquerque, NM, but many visitors agree that one of the best is by bike! In fact, our city has reaped numerous rankings in the biking industry, including “3rd Best Place for Mountain Biking in the U.S” by Bicycling Magazine.  If you’re ready for the adventure of a lifetime, then take a look at our top picks for the best Albuquerque mountain bike trails!

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4 Albuquerque mountain bike trails that you’ll love

The rolling terrain and stunning scenery of the Sandia Mountain foothills make for some unforgettable mountain biking opportunities in Albuquerque. Whether you are a cycling pro or just looking to try something new, you won’t want to leave this activity off your itinerary. Here are just some of the most fun trails to check out during your stay.

  1. Sandia Peak

During the warmer months, the Sandia Tramway and Ski Areaattraction is transformed into a summer sports haven. This is wonderful news for mountain bikers, as the former snowy slopes make for fantastic trails in the summer. You’re sure to catch air and find plenty of thrills during your ride along over 30 miles of exciting trails.

Please note that the Sandia Peak mountain bike trails will not be maintained or patrolled until Spring 2018 in lieu of the Tram Restaurant’s construction.

  1. White Mesa Bike Trails

With 8 miles of trail to blaze, the White Mesa Trails is one of the area’s best biking experiences. Located in a rugged and scenic community just west of the Ojito Wilderness, these intermediate level trails are well-known for their high quality and unparalleled scenery. Although they were primarily created for mountain biking, hikers will also find plenty of opportunities to explore at the White Mesa Trails.

  1. Otero Canyon

Otero Canyon is located just a few minutes from the city, meaning you won’t have to travel far to enjoy this 5-mile journey. Despite its proximity to Albuquerque, Otero Canyon mountain biking provides a relatively remote experience with a thrilling descent. The climb to the top is also very reasonable. Although it is recommended to intermediate level bikers, athletes of all levels have conquered the trail while making lifelong memories.

  1. Sandia Mountains Foothill Trail

The Sandia Mountains Foothill Trail is a steady climb with brief downhills before reaching the top. Many bikers choose this trail because it is one of the longest in Albuquerque, totaling over 12 miles. This gives you plenty of opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of New Mexico and make stops along the way. We recommend this trail only to those with experience as the trek can become challenging to beginners. Just remember to have fun and watch out for the cacti!

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