The Dragon Slayer Loop is a scenic and fun cross country loop ideal for a winter escape. Located on BLM land near the San Ysidro Pueblo and offers otherworldly riding experience with grand views out towards the Rio Grande Valley and the Jemez Mountains.
- Cross Country/Trail
- Easy to moderate difficulty
- Best in Fall/Winter/Spring (hot in summer)
- Access from White Ridge Trailhead
- Total climb: 800′, Total descent: 800′
- Total distance: 8 miles
- Time needed: 1-2 hours
Starting at the parking lot, this clockwise loop follows the famous Dragons Back and skips the hike-a-bike, utilizing the lower double-track to connect to the central singletrack.
The climb starts along ‘The Springs’–a series of standing springs seeping from the rock–and continues past a series of stinking, sulfurous sinkholes.
After a short jaunt on the doubletrack, the trail meanders through a series of optional bumps, drops and woops in a moonlike landscape. The remainder of the route continues a series of short punchy climbs and rocky descents up and down a series of times before a ripping fast descent back to the parking lot.
Need to Know
- Great in the winter months. The only exception is right after a big snow.
- It can be quite windy, so be prepared.
- Nearby there is a shooting area, so don’t be shocked to hear gunshots.
- Accessible with most passenger vehicles, gravel road with some ruts.