Capital City Cruise

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87503

Capital City Cruise

Capital City Cruise Professional Review and Guide

"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 one of the area’s best cycling roads (Bonanza Creek) out in Lone Butte. I can’t imagine a cyclist living in Santa Fe that doesn’t know about this ride. It is the city’s unofficial perimeter loop, what locals call the Prison Loop because it goes out and around the New Mexico Penitentiary.

While you will get in a small amount of city street riding, the majority of the loop is rural countryside and quiet, newer residential areas. You will find a wide variety in the type of roads and the scenery this ride provides, and there are some interesting attractions— one of the most historic ranches in the Southwest and a famous “Old West” movie set. You can plan this as an overnight trip with a stay at the Sunrise Springs Inn and Retreat, mile 21.5—almost halfway. Terrain: Gently rolling with a fair amount of flat riding; a couple of short climbs and good rollers."

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I'd done this route in late May and it was very fun. The directions were a little confusing at times. It can be very hot, windy, and dry in New Mexico which it was at the time. It's not the most scenic ride but there were some nice spots. Not much climbing to worry about. If you do this ride follow the directions well. The 20 mile tail wind going back was Awesome!!!

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Trail Information

Santa Fe
Nearby City
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,000 feet
Top Elevation
DeLorme New Mexico Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Santa Fe, Agua Fria, Tetilla Peak, Picture Rock, and Turquoise Hill
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Nov 2018