Northern New Mexico Cycling Tour
(includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, transfers, leaders, tour maps & narratives)
For so many years, in the context of our earliest experiences in New Mexico, we cycled to the “doorstep” of the mysterious Jemez Mountains, hovering just to the west of Bandelier National Monument, only to turn back for our overnight in White Rock. Finally, with the introduction of the Northern New Mexico Alpiner, we climbed into the Jemez and discovered one of the Southwest’s great cycling tours.
The Northern New Mexico biking trip assembles in Albuquerque in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. Early-morning of Day 1, we’ll climb the Sandia Crest as we ride the Turquoise Trail through historic Madrid on our way to Santa Fe. Following an overnight at Garrett’s Desert Inn adjacent to the Plaza in Santa Fe, we’ll ride the backroads through the Nambe and Tesuque Pueblos to Chimayo, where we’ll visit the famed Santuario and sample some of Leona’s freshly-fired tortillas. And then it’s on to the challenge of the High Road as we climb to Truchas—gateway to the Carson National Forest. Ojo Sarco, Las Trampas, Chamisal, Penasco—these are the villages we’ll visit along the High Road—they are the essence of northern New Mexico. We’ll spend the evening in Taos at the Sagebrush Inn with its welcome pool and hot tub, and incredible northern New Mexican cuisine.
Early-morning of Day 3, we’ll ride beautiful Taos Canyon as it climbs gently along Taos Creek to the crest of Palo Flechado Pass and then descend into the ethereal Merino Valley for a visit to the DAV Vietnam War Memorial at Angel Fire. We’ll continue on to Red River for the evening and a delicious western meal at Texas Red’s. It’s back to Taos early-afternoon of Day 4, with a full afternoon available to explore this fascinating area, including a visit to the ancient Taos Pueblo.
We’ll trace the course of the Rio Grande from Taos through Espanola to White Rock on Day 5. An interesting climb to the Pajarito Plateau and Los Alamos is an additional option on Day 5, and we’ll visit the renowned Bradbury Science Museum.
It’s on to Bandelier National Monument on Day 6 with an opportunity to explore the Anasazi cliff dwelling ruins of Frijoles Canyon. We’ll then bike from Bandelier into the Jemez Mountains and descend into the Grand Valle as we trace the Jemez River in it’s plunge to Jemez Springs. We’ll conclude this extraordinary day with a soak in the natural hot springs of the Jemez River and spend the final evening at the Cañon Del Rio.
Our descent continues into the Rio Grande River Valley on Day 7 as we return to Albuquerque, where our Northern New Mexico Cycling Tour concludes.
|Day 1||Albuquerque - Sandia Crest - Madrid - Santa Fe||62 miles|
|Day 2||Santa Fe - Chimayo - High Road - Truchas - Las Trampas - Penasco - U.S. Hill - Taos||70 miles|
|Day 3||Taos - Palo Flechado Pass - Moreno Valley - D.A.V. Vietnam War Memorial - Eagles Nest - Bobcat Pass (9820') - Red River||48 miles|
|Day 4||Red River - Questa - Taos||36 miles|
|Day 5||Taos - Rio Grande Valley - Espanola - White Rock/Los Alamos||63 miles|
|Day 6||White Rock - Bandelier National Monument - Jemez Mountains - Jemez Springs||42 miles|
|Day 7||Jemez Springs - Jemez Pueblo - Bernalillo - Albuqueruqe||55 miles|
Total Mileage 386