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Dona Ana

Average Rating:    (4.12 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

Tough,hilly, and technical
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Latitude
32.410255250169385
Longitude
-106.77629470825195
Trail Directions
I-25 to dona ana exitright and park about 2 miles on the left
Trail Length
many miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Las Cruces
   


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Review Date
August 28, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mtbikemikel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this trail for the first time today.. I freakin love this trail. I did the whole enchilada... Saw a coyote running all out like coyotes do.

This trail has a little bit of something for all... heading out from the trail head... you may not realize it but you're gradually going up. There's some dirt, some rock, some gravel, some limestone... I had to dismount once towards the mountains it was a bit technical and I was a bit winded but other than that... all very doable for an intermediate to experienced rider.

Recommended Route:
When you hit the trail from the trail head... about a few hundred yards in there is a split. I recommend staying to the left. I went to the right, at first, and got off of the trail and had trouble finding it. Once I got back to the trail sign... and stayed left, it was all good. On the way back I guess I hit was they call little Moab... lots of red rock... you have to veer off to the right once you get close to returning to the trail head... if you have enough left... check it out. worth it.

This is one of my new faves. Great trail. I've ridden Slickrock multiple times, Amasa back, Tsali in North Caroline, Syllamo's revenge in Arkansas... Walker Ranch in CO, Horse thief bend in Fruita... Did Gilbert in El Paso yesterday... this trail ranks high up. Sad thing is, not sure I'll ever be able to come back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gilbert in El Paso



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Review Date
November 13, 2010

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: Chuck Wagon ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We ride Cloudcroft in the summer where its cool and Dona Anna in the winter while its cold in Cloudcroft. Lots of trails all over the place. Hit it about a half dozen times and keep finding more trails. Good easy up hill that doesnt look like it's up hill but the down hill is a blast. Taken a header or two but cant blame the bike (Poor workman blames his tools) just wasnt using my head untill I landed on it. Rode trails in Vegas till I got orders here and it a little bit the same, lots of loose rocks. realy enjoy this area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
"A" mountain is OK but would rather ride Dona Anna. Summer time it has to be Cloudcroft.



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Review Date
July 4, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Pawndream ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great trail system with something for all rider levels. Fast and flowy rollercoaster sections. Short sections of moderately-steep technical climbs followed up with nice descents.

The trail builders/maintainers have done a really nice job on this trail system.

Signage is adequate but best to bring a map with you, because there's no kiosk at the trailhead showing all the trails (and there's a lot once you start including doubletrack, gravel roads, etc.)

This is the best singletrack I've ridden in southern New Mexico (granted, this is based solely on my experiences with Cloudcroft area trails...which are nice because there in the forest, but none of those trails ride like they were built specifically for bikes.)

This trail system flows like it was built for bikes specifically, as opposed to just a trail where bikes are allowed.

Fun stuff. Thanks again to the trail gnomes!

Recommended Route:
Get a map of the route of the Jorny Toad Hustle loop:

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=543177

Or just explore.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cloudcroft trails...if you like rocks.



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Review Date
March 19, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: skelator 3000 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Intermediate trail. The best maintained trail in las cruces.

Recommended Route:
Get google earth and download the file below. It is a full map of the whole trail. Hope it helps

http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1206550#Post1206550

Other recommended trails in the same area:
robledo's if it gets maintained and sierra vista. avoid A mountain....too much erosion.



Comments
ObscuredCelery (08/25/2009)
The Google earth file is well done and very helpful thanks for posting it.
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Review Date
June 12, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JZ19 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I recently rode this trail while on vacation in NM and loved it. The technical difficulty is moderate but these trails have a very nice flow and are perfectly maintained. The trails are in the middle of the dessert so having enough water is important and you don’t want to ride at noon. Contrary to what was said below you don’t always see the parking lot and there aren’t many riders around during weekdays so be careful not to get lost. The area also has ATV trails that you want to avoid as they are mostly sand traps.

I found the directions posted below useful to get to the area but still couldn’t find the parking lot on my own. I was lucky to find a local rider who guided me to the parking. Even this guy was unable to give me directions to get to the parking lot alone so do yourself a favor and ask for directions. Ride on!



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