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Must-do rides near Santa Fe, NM?(9 posts)

Must-do rides near Santa Fe, NM?moneyman
Mar 19, 2002 2:27 PM
Will be going there with the family on Easter weekend. I am looking for suggestions on must-do and should-do rides in the area. Your help would be greatly appreciated.


re: Must-do rides near Santa Fe, NM?terry b
Mar 19, 2002 3:12 PM
there is a good route map available at that would provide you with a pretty good tour of the area. There are lots of other ad hoc options, but since I live in ABQ and not SF, I don't really want to get into the details of those. The century route does offer you some nice vistas and challenges depending on what you're after.
re: Must-do rides near Santa Fe, NM?theBreeze
Mar 19, 2002 4:04 PM
Where are you coming from? If it's anywhere near sea level, be aware that we are at 7000 ft here.

Any of the paved "back roads" around Hwy 599 (the "relief route") provide nice ups and downs. Get some area maps off Mapquest or some place like that. One suggestion is Hwy 599 (you can take the frontage road if you want, but the Hwy has nice wide shoulders) to Caja del Rio (past golf course) to Las Campanas Blvd. to Camino la Tierra which circles back to 599. A nice 20 mile loop with some rollers, generally uphill on la Tierra. You can easily tack on more miles by heading further south if you want.

If you want a real challenge there is always the road up to the ski area, Hyde Park Rd. The weather's been warm (mid 40's to 50) and dry, so it should be clear all the way to the top. Trouble is it is narrow and can have a lot of traffic on the weekend. Ideal time to do it is about 7 AM on a Monday, although Easter Sunday morning would probably be ok if you're not a church goer. Don't know what the elevation gain is exactly but it's got to be close to 3000 ft. And the air is thin up there!

Santa Fe Century map is a good idea. The routes south of town can be really windy in the spring.

I actually live about 20 miles north of town, and there are some good hill routes around here.

Of course if you want to mountain bike the choices are endless!
Coming from Cheyennemoneyman
Mar 20, 2002 11:44 AM
Elevation 6060 feet. Not much difference and the SECOND highest state capitol, just behind Santa Fe.

Thanks for the ideas. Please make sure we have sunshine and warm weather with a minimum of wind while we are there. :)

Hey moneymanLO McDuff
Mar 20, 2002 3:00 PM
I was in your neck of the woods over the weekend. Did you ever ride in the area north of Guernsey? (Geologically speaking: the Guernsey Uplift). There looked like some nice hills [Hartville to Manville(?)], traffic looked really, really light, and the folks were quite nice.

I have friends that own some land there and thought it might make for an interesting ride this summer.
Hey moneymanmoneyman
Mar 20, 2002 3:56 PM
I have never ridden on the highway, but I have ridden in the park. The roads are narrow and twisty and a lot of fun, but the traffic in the summer is a bit hairy. All the beer drinking, boat pulling rednecks believe they have a dominant claim on the road. There is some really great singletrack inside the park, and it is certainly worth riding if you have a mountain bike and a dirt jones.

Folks in that area ARE quite nice. Farm/ranch country, little traffic when the lake is too low for boats. When the summer hits, especially on weekends, it is a zoo. Watch out for antelope, too.

Much of Wyoming is like that area. There are just two problems with riding in Wyoming - lack of paved roads and the wind. However, there are some really great rides if you don't mind those two things.

Coming from CheyennetheBreeze
Mar 20, 2002 3:12 PM
Now I KNOW the wind blows in Cheyenne, so no problem right? Will see what I can do about the rest.
Today is 62 with the lightest of breezes from the east. Perfect day for riding, which usually happens on my rest days. (Really needed to take today off!) Temps are supposed to stay in the upper 50's and low 60's, winds will come up later in the week. Of course Easter snowstorms are a fairly regular occurance here. Cross your fingers.
Moneyman! Tour de Prairie?jtolleson
Mar 20, 2002 5:10 PM
Ever done it? The most boring century I've ever ridden (twice even) yet with a really nice event quality all around. A group of us went up from Denver in '98 and '00... maybe I'll return...
Mar 21, 2002 7:22 AM
It is not very exciting, although there are none of those pesky mountains to get in the way of the view! And Chugwater really rolls out the red carpet for all the cyclists. The real challenge, as we like to say in ol' Wyoming, is the wind. The LBS (Bicycle Station) is the main driver behind this event. They really do put on a pretty good ride. Looks like the route will change this year and go from a North-South to West-East. That means into the wind, then return with a tailwind. Also looks like it will be a metric century this year. Not sure what the deal is, but those are the rumors.