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Alien Run-UFO Crash Site

Average Rating:    (3.88 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

In March of 1948 a UFO was rumoured to have been tracked by radar and discovered on a lonely mesa top by U.S. military and scientists.A large metallic object with over a dozen humanoid aliens and strange heiroglyphics inside the craft were found.Trucks disguised as oil field work trucks hauled off the craft and its deceased occupants... Quite a fantastic story.Doubtful the US military would ever reveal the truth about the crash,if it really happened.But,there is background radiation at the site that is slightly higher than the surrounding area. A brand new trail,under the supervision of the BLM was built by Al and Deral Saiz called the Alien Run,which snakes its way right beside the crash site. This trail consists of pure winding singletrack combined with technical areas and slickrock sandstone that remind a rider of Moab and Fruita.At present the length is 9+ miles but more distance is being developed to 16 miles at this time. Intermediate to advanced ability is recommended due to the sharp corners,steep technical and rough sandstone in places.The trail is one way only and has very few places to ride full out on higher gears. On the 3.9 mile of trail be sure to stop at the UFO site.A plaque describing the crash and the high desert silence makes for an electrifying experience. THIS IS A MTN BIKE AND FOOT TRAIL ONLY! No motos, ATV's, 4x4's or any other gas-powered machines allowed on the trails. Best time to ride is in the fall,spring and summer mornings.It can get below zero in the winter to 95 degrees in mid summer.Evening thundershowers and flash floods are common.The close proximity to Colorado(10mi)and higher altitude(6600ft) make weather unpredictable in the summer afternoons. Many thanks to the Saiz Bros and BLM for approving trails at a time when other U.S.mtn biking areas are being considered for closure. For a detailed map and other info click on to the URL link: www.aztecufo.com
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Latitude
36.83223340490181
Longitude
-107.97346115112304
Trail Directions
From Safeway in Aztec,NM drive 4 miles NE on US 550 towards Durango,CO.Make a right on Cty Rd 2770 and drive 3 miles.Left turn near a small pumping station and travel .5 mi to the top of the hill.Right turn following a fence for.5 mi and park.Open and close barb wire gate.Follow signs,tracks and red tags on trees. Rock markers on slickrock sections.
Trail Length
9+miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Outside Aztec
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Review Date
March 14, 2016

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Guyechka ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Alien is really good for early spring/late fall riding. The only trouble is that it's just the single loop with a tiny bit of side diversion.

I am going to say that the beginner loop is intermediate and the regular loop is intermediate/advanced. I keep seeing people out there ready to ride the "beginner" loop on Wallyworld bikes without helmets, and I have to wonder just how long it would take the paramedics to extract them.

Recommended Route:
There is only one route.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Phil's, Boggy Draw, Horse Gulch.



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Review Date
June 11, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Skelldify ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I really liked this trail. I'm not usually a big fan of flow trails, but this is the best one I have ever ridden. I just kept wanting to go faster! A lot of flow trails feel like they have excessive twists and turns for no reason, and seem to go on forever with no variety. On this trail, the turns actually feel necessary, and the 9 mile loop was the perfect length. The terrain was a really nice mix of slickrock, hardpack, and sand. There was also some great scenery.

The trail could use a little pruning for sure. There's nothing worse than perfectly apexing a corner, only to get snagged by shrubbery on the inside.

The Black Hole was a pretty nice little (really little, like two minutes) tech loop. There is a TON of potential for more tech out here. I'd love to see a longer tech loop added that incorporates some of the rock features. Next time I'm here, I'd love to session some of this stuff.

Recommended Route:
Can only be ridden CCW. The 9-mile loop was perfect for a quick spin.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
DURANGO!



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Review Date
August 8, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: HOSS ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
NOT REALLY RIDDEN ONCE BECAUSE
NEVER FOUND THE TRAIL HEAD
TRIED FOR AN HOUR +
JUST WASTED A LOTA' GAS
DROVE BACK TO TOWN FOR INFO FROM A SHOP
BUT BOTH WERE CLOSED... ???
GAVE UP AND GOT SOME BEER INSTEAD
THERE GOES MY 1 DAY TO RIDE THS WK ..SH*T!
NXT TIME THINK I'LL GO W PHIL'S, DRNGO OR GALLUP



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Review Date
October 22, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: monkeyboy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Not a bad trail but I would not call it a great/amazing trail. If you have to be in Aztec or Farmington area, then worth checking out, or, for the novelty of the UFO stuff (they have done a nice job of marketing the "alien" part of it all).

First half is pretty nice with with mostly smooth flowy packed dirt trail (uphill tending) with some decent little slick rock sections that have harder spur loops if so inclined. This section runs along a small canyon rim with some interesting rock formations but it has too much gas industry influence and infrastructure nearby to make the scenic value that great.

The second half (if you do the 10 mile loop), after visiting the UFO monument, runs back into the pinon/juniper/sage forest/desert for some pretty fun cruising at times. Definitely got to look out for low hanging branches or tight corners with the junipers guarding the apexes.

At the midway point (~5miles; just past the UFO site), there is an option to do a longer loop (I suppose it loops) that gives a 19 mile total ride; it is called the Outer Limits. I rode about 1.5 miles on this before deciding it just wasn't worth it. It was a rather primitive/obscure trail and wandered ridiculously around in the junipers and the surface was mostly river rock cobblestones. Given that the trail quality was not getting any better and it didn't seem to be heading anywhere more scenic or interesting, I turned around. I would not recommend this section of trail but am not including it my rankings. Perhaps it is just too new.

Recommended Route:
As noted, one way trail. CCW only.



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Review Date
April 9, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ekdj ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Had business to take care of in Farmington, and glad I brought my bike! This trail is great, not too technical and had a little bit of everything. Didn't clean the the section just after the bridge (not so skilled with the trials-riding technique) but had fun and got the loop done in just over an hour. Some sections were really sandy this time of year, and the trail was a little hard to find around the sand-stone "slickrock" sections. Other than that definitely worth riding. No wonder Bike Mag selected it as it's pick for New Mexico. Not a newbie trail, but not real hard for more experienced riders.

Recommended Route:
Counter is the only way

Other recommended trails in the same area:
haven't ridden much else up there, other than Engineer trail network in Durango (way fun).



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