Let’s try to answer some of our most frequently asked questions:
Q: Which bike do you recommend? XC or Enduro?
A: This is totally dependent on your abilities and which trail system you would like to ride. Longer travel, more aggressive bikes are well suited for the upper mountain trails such as Rio en Medio or Alamos Vista and especially necessary for Glorieta Camps.
We do enjoy plenty of excellent trail and cross country trails as well, with La Tierra, Galisteo Basin Preserve, and Dale Ball all great fun on short travel rigs and SS bikes. The Winsor is a hoot up and down on a shorter travel bike as well. Ride what you got!
Q: What’s the weather like?
A: We have a saying in New Mexico: if you don’t like the weather, then wait five minutes.
We are both in the desert as well as the Rockies, so the weather can change quite dramatically–and quickly. In winters expect frozen soil and snow up at higher altitudes (above 8500′ most winter), while trails such as Galisteo Basin may be nice and sunny. In the summer, afternoon monsoon storms can leave you drenched. Spring and Fall are typically pleasant with lows near freezing and perfect daytime riding temps.
Q: Where can I ride in winter?
A: Most of the time both La Tierra trails and the Galisteo Basin Preserve offer great winter rides. Of course, after a big snow it can get sloppy or icy, so check our trail conditions page to make sure you’re up to date (and contribute!).
The Dale Ball trails can be hit or miss in winter, with long dry stretches allowing all but the north face of Atalaya clear of snow.
Typically, Chamisa and higher up will be snow-covered well into late spring.
Q: Can we shuttle?
A: Yes and no. If you can get a seat on the Blue Bus or have a buddy with a car, of course, go for it. As it currently stands, though, the Santa Fe National Forest will not permit a shuttle company.
Q: What do I need to know about the altitude?
A: Most of Santa Fe sits at or above 7,000′, making altitude a real challenge for folks from lower elevations. Heck, our highest trail reaches near 12,000′. First, drink more water than you think you should. Second, always carry a rain shell/windbreaker during monsoon season. Third, if you begin to feel dizzy or confused, take some time to chill out and find your bearings. Lastly, test your limits before you go do the big climbs.
Q: Is the chile really that hot?
A: Yes. Colorado has no idea what they are talking about.