Best Road Biking in New Mexico

This list represents the most popular road biking in New Mexico. Use this list to plan your next New Mexico road biking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Albuquerque Bike Path Ramble


Albuquerque has a network of designated bike paths throughout the city, the longest and most scenic being Paseo Del Bosque Trail. The city and county officials seem to be good about supporting bicycli…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Alameda, NM - Road Biking - 33 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Capital City Cruise


This local favorite starts at the beautifully landscaped State Capitol and makes a big loop around Santa Fe, incorporating the smooth pavement in Las Campanas, the historic village of La Cienega, and…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Santa Fe, NM - Road Biking - 50.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. La Ventana Rock Arch Bike Ride


An out and back with rolling hills going out to La Ventana, a large rock arch. Road: Light traffic, No shoulder. View: Large sandstone arch.…
From the guidebook "The Gallup Guide: Outdoor Routes in Red Rock Country"
Gallup, NM - Road Biking - 36 miles
Published by Red Rock Publishing

#4. Mora River Valley Cruise


If you love cycling out in the country, this route through the beautiful Mora River valley is for you. Here, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains meet the high plains. There is rolling farmland and roadside…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Las Vegas, NM - Road Biking - 52.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Enchanted Circle Classic


For a quarter century the Red River Chamber of Commerce held the twenty-fourth annual Enchanted Circle Century. Each September about 600 cyclists start at 8:00 A.M. on Main Street in front of Red Rive…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Red River, NM - Road Biking - 80.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Tesuque Cruise


This out-and-back starts at the same place—just north of the historic Santa Fe Plaza—as the Santa Fe Hill Climb Challenge and gives you about the same mileage without the continuous climbing to 10,000…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Tesuque, NM - Road Biking - 24.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Blueberry Hill Ramble


Taos is steeped in history and famed for its art, its studios and galleries, and its famous figures like Georgia O’Keeffe, D. H. Lawrence, and Thomas Wolfe. The town sits in a large valley up against…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Taos, NM - Road Biking - 17.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Cloudcroft to Ruidoso Cruise


Ride from bike shop to bike shop for more than 40 miles along a scenic back road that follows the crest of the Sacramento Mountains in south-central New Mexico. High Altitude has a bike shop in Cloudc…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Cloudcroft, NM - Road Biking - 42.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Sandia Crest Challenge


Sandia Crest Scenic Byway ascends to the very crest of the Sandia Mountains (elevation 10,678 feet). From the junction with the Turquoise Trail, this paved road gains about 4,000 feet in 13.5 miles as…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Sandia Park, NM - Road Biking - 26.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Santa Fe Century Classic


More than 2,000 bicyclists ride the annual Santa Fe Century in the spring. Some participants try to complete their first century—a 100-mile ride that is a rite of passage for many cyclists— while race…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Santa Fe, NM - Road Biking - 101.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Santa Fe Hill Climb Challenge


Are you ready for a real challenge? This hill climb will put your granny gear to work. The road up to the Santa Fe Ski Area is a local favorite. The Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway (New Mexico R…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Santa Fe, NM - Road Biking - 30 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Old Santa Fe Trail Cruise


This ride begins where the Santa Fe Trail ended. A plaque on the southeast corner on the Plaza in Santa Fe marks the western terminus of this historic trail and reminds us that wagon caravans loaded w…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Santa Fe, NM - Road Biking - 19 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Cochiti Lake Ramble


Cochiti Lake, about halfway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, offers camping, fishing, swimming, and picnicking—plus some great roads to get in a relatively flat ride. The lake is located at the foot…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Pena Blanca, NM - Road Biking - 31.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. O'Keeffe Country Challenge


Georgia O’Keeffe loved the Southwest. On this loop you will see some of the landscape that captivated this world-famous artist—colorful mesas, towering cliffs, and unusual rock formations. In addition…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Abiquiu, NM - Road Biking - 60.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Albuquerque Perimeter Loop Challenge


"One learns more by going around than by cutting across.” This is the motto of the Perimeter Bicycle Association of America, an organization that has accepted this loop around Albuquerque as a perime…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Albuquerque, NM - Road Biking - 65.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Hondo - Seco Cruise


If you just arrived in Taos to do the Enchanted Circle or the High Road, this moderate loop, which takes you through the countryside outside of Taos, is a good warm-up for those bigger adventures. The…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Valdez, NM - Road Biking - 25.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Portales - Clovis Cruise


Credit for the contribution of this loop in eastern New Mexico goes to Ted Glasscock, a mechanic at Ace Schwinn in Clovis. Portales and Clovis lie in the sparsely populated Llano Estacado (or “staked…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Portales, NM - Road Biking - 54.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. McGaffey Lake Bike Ride


Out and back route from Gallup up to the Cibola National Forest and McGaffey Lake. Road: Moderate traffic, Good shoulder to no shoulder. View: Redrocks and forest.…
From the guidebook "The Gallup Guide: Outdoor Routes in Red Rock Country"
Gallup, NM - Road Biking - 44 miles
Published by Red Rock Publishing

#19. High Road to Taos Classic


Cycle into New Mexico’s colonial past. The High Road to Taos, one of the most popular scenic drives in the state, passes through old Spanish villages, one after another, where you can experience a bit…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Santa Fe, NM - Road Biking - 72.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Bandelier Cruise


Los Alamos County sits atop finger-like mesas cut by steep canyons—above the Rio Grande and at the base of the Jemez Mountains. While there are few roads up on the mesas and limited riding, the county…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
White Rock, NM - Road Biking - 28.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides