NM Trip - this weekend (NM'ers feedback please)

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by thump_co, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. thump_co

    thump_co ..ouch

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    It seems mother nature has decided that 5MoH is not happening this week. Looking at NM as an alternative and trying to take off tomorrow afternoon so planning time is short. Planning to ride full days on Friday, Sat and Sun. Only 2 or 3 of us heading down.. and hopefully VxZ will be meeting up.

    I've not ridden NM before, but here's what I've scraped together so far:
    * Alcalde (near Espanola I think)
    * Buckman (near Santa Fe)
    * Widowmaker (and surrounding area?)

    Thoughts? Alternatives? Fast/flowy terrain good, technical even better. Would like to get in at least 50 mi/day.

    Would also welcome lodging suggestions for a few dirty dirtbikers.
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  2. VxZeroKnots

    VxZeroKnots Long timer

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    I was shown some flowy dez riding near alb at rainbow road, but checking out the other stuff could be cool too.
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  3. cross-country

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    I'm sure the Mola's would take you out on some great single track, if you decide to go to Rainbow or Southern. Prime time for riding in that area.
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  4. Slideways#96

    Slideways#96 scooter trash

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    Storms may hit Northern NM (possible measurable snow) thus shoot for "Southern" west of Rio Rancho. Plenty of lodging in Rio Rancho too from Motel 6 types on up. You might reach out to Ridefreek and see if he's around this weekend.
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  5. thump_co

    thump_co ..ouch

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    Mola's? :ear

    I've heard about Rainbow and Southern. Are these both near ABQ? It looks like highs near 40's down there this weekend. Downright balmy.

    I'm in the process of bugging the Freak via PM as I type this.. Hopefully he'll give me a call (nudge, nudge).
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  6. Ditch

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    Southern and Rainbow are both near Rio Rancho (north edge of Albuquerque). Some parts are referred to as the west mesa. Fair amount of desert singletrack. Check Ridefreaks sig line for links to his videos of the area along with others.

    Buckman BLM is west of Santa Fe and east of the Rio Grande.

    Alcalde is north of Espanola, more BLM.
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  7. Slideways#96

    Slideways#96 scooter trash

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    Yep, both close to Abq. Might also try Dirtdad, I think he knows these areas as well. Enjoy but not too much Carne adovada the night before or you'll need to pack some TP for the ride...
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    _Magoo_ master of disaster....

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    twig speaks da truth.......watch out for the carne apodaca----:lol3
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  9. thump_co

    thump_co ..ouch

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    Thanks. Help me out with a 3 day ride sched please. Which areas would you guys suggest we prioritize?

    Any good maps, directions, etc? Or just get to the trailhead and explore from there?

    I'll gladly buy beer in return for trailguide services.
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  10. Slideways#96

    Slideways#96 scooter trash

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    Based on weather forecast I'd say the Southern / Rainbow area. Now if no measurable snowfall up North you could hit Alcalde on way back to Co. Buckman is nice but no 50 mile loop there unless you run some sections in reverse.

    I don't know the Albuquerque riding areas well at all but the other two up North are pretty easy to find your way around and back to parking areas. If riding up North I'd recommend staying in Santa fe as opposed to Espanola. More lodging choices here fer sure...Regardless of where you stay, secure your belongings. Tis the season for thefts......
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  11. DirtDad

    DirtDad Green Chile Guru

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    Just read this. +1, on what everyone said. I would recomend Southern (Rio Puerco) at this time. The riding has been pretty good out there. Ground has a little bit of moisture. Man, I am heading off to Chama for the weekend with family, otherwise I would love to show you around. :cry I am sure someone will be able to show you guys around. We always enjoy showing the CO riders around in the winter out here. :D

    We showed VxZeroKnots some desert single track at Rainbow last year I believe. Either Southern or Rainbow, are
    good for 50 mile loops. I would recomend Southern, just because there is a little more diverse terrian, and you can
    find some more technical stuff at Southern. Don't know of any maps of these areas. There are trails pretty much everywhere out there. :deal
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  12. thump_co

    thump_co ..ouch

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    Sounds like the Alcalde stuff is already a bit snowy.

    So.. 2 days around Southern/Rainbow potentially followed by Buckman on Sunday (weather depending)?
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  13. VxZeroKnots

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    Ha the Molas. I'll ping Garrett.
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  14. VxZeroKnots

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    yeah it was Rainbow I was thinking of. Not so sure I could recreate that loop we did but I'm pretty sure it was around 45ish miles we rode.
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    Garret and his dad, Monte (who have chased for and raced with me in Baja for the last few years), ride Southern and Rainbow three times a week. They ride with a fast group of riders, you will enjoy the company.
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  16. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    So what are you saying Tony..if it's not fast it's not fun? :lol3

    :wave
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  17. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    +1

    Snow expected on Friday.

    Alcalde -> snow, especially on north facing slopes; and more snow farther east trails.

    Buckman -> not sure ...might not be all that bad. Maybe someone from SF can report in.

    Abq West Mesa -> :thumb
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  18. thump_co

    thump_co ..ouch

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    Sweet. Thank you everyone. Time to go toss on a Desert IT.

    Any recommendations for bike friendly lodging in Rio Rancho? Anything close to trails we can ride straight out (plated). I hear that leaving a nice truck parked out there at a trail head may not be highly recommended?
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  19. thump_co

    thump_co ..ouch

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    We talkin' cross-country fast? :eek1 :nod

    Speaking of other slow peeps.. where's the -ince? This thread should have some EI.
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  20. VxZeroKnots

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    Garrbear is in if the weather is good, he says it's supposed to be shit though. My roomie just got back from ABQ and said there was snow on some of the biking trails but they were still ridable.
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