Aspen Vista Road

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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The Tesuque Peak Road (FR 150) begins at 10,300 feet and traverses forests of mixed conifer and aspen to take you up to Tesuque Peak at 12,300 feet. As you climb higher you will emerge from these big trees to find altitude-stunted pines and the tundra-like vegetation that characterizes alpine life zones. Once you reach the radio towers you will have some spectacular views to take in. Lake Peak (12,409 feet) and Penitente Peak (12,250 feet) rise immediately to the north and east of you. Santa Fe Lake is just below you.
Mountain Biking New Mexico

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Mountain Biking New Mexico

by Sarah Bennett Alley & Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

The Tesuque Peak Road (FR 150) begins at 10,300 feet and traverses forests of mixed conifer and aspen to take you up to Tesuque Peak at 12,300 feet. As you climb higher you will emerge from these big trees to find altitude-stunted pines and the tundra-like vegetation that characterizes alpine life zones.

Once you reach the radio towers you will have some spectacular views to take in. Lake Peak (12,409 feet) and Penitente Peak (12,250 feet) rise immediately to the north and east of you. Santa Fe Lake is just below you.

©  Sarah Bennett Alley & Bruce Grubbs/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Santa Fe
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: This is a summer and fall ride. The high elevation of this route means snow stays on the ground late into the spring. You are exposed up here and should keep an eye out for afternoon thunderclouds. If they should start to rumble, take cover.
Trailhead Elevation: 10,000 feet
Top Elevation: 11,800 feet
Local Contacts: Santa Fe National Forest, Espanola Ranger District
Local Maps: The Santa Fe National Forest Map is adequate for seeing how to get to the trailhead and following this route. You can also use the USGS 7.5-minute quad for Aspen Basin.
Driving Directions: Directions to Aspen Vista Road

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