Mountain Bike Trails
Here's the course for the 2012 Twelve Hours of the Wild West race in Ruidoso. It's basically all singletrack with moderate climbs and fun downhills. The views of the area including the Capitan Mountains and the Fort Stanton area are beautiful. For . . .
The Cedar Creek area holds a maze of trails. This course has lots of fun singletrack, some climbs and a little dirt road mixed in. You may want the ride the part of this course that’s south of Cedar Creek Road clockwise (the opposite of what’s s . . .
From the trailhead cross the road and go through the fence. Turn right onto the single track and then a left on the gravel road. Travel about a half mile crossing a cattle guard and then turning right onto Kit Carson trail. You will stay on this trai . . .
Park in the large parking lot on the north end of Bonita Lake. Go around the closed gate and ride the two track for about three quarters of a mile. Starting looking for a singletrack taking off from your right. The singletrack runs through the trees . . .
This hiking trail is close to Ruidoso and a great place to see wildlife. Although it’s a marked trail, it’s not well maintained and there are often lots of downed trees along the way. This suggested route starts on Trail 13, at 1.2 miles you’ . . .
This is a super fast, fun descent with tight berm turns and a few ladder drops.
This road ride has a 75 mile "warm up" before a serious climb! Starting at the Texas-New Mexico state line, travel north on US 54 and slowly close in on the mountains. The route goes around Alamogordo on the relief route, but you could fuel up there . . .
This easy trail is for hikers/walkers only. It's a nice stroll on a well-maintained trail just behind the National Forest ranger station in Ruidoso.
This short ride can be used to test a beginner's singletrack riding skills and to see if you're ready for riding at 7,000 feet above sea level. It's an out and back ride along Cedar Creek.
I could ride this loop all day long! It's part of the trail network known locally as the Spaghetti Bowl. There's a nice, slow warmup climb followed by a rollercoaster of a downhill. Didn't get enough the first time? Just keep going around in circl . . .
This scenic ride goes from Ruidoso thru Alto, past the airport and ends in the Fort Stanton Historic area. There are lots of great views along the way. Spend some time looking around in Fort Stanton, including the cemetery.
This looks and feels like a Tour de France climb! It's the kind of ride you can brag about. The first few miles are a moderate climb and then it's back and forth switchbacks up to Ski Apache with the last mile downhill. The route shown is 12.2 mil . . .
If painful climbs to beautiful views sound like fun, this is a great choice. It's uphill all the way with the steepest sections near the top. Near the top you'll start seeing great vistas toward Ruidoso, the Capitan Mountains and Sierra Blanca. Th . . .