This trail is a recently completed out and back singletrack. The trail is approximately 13 miles in length, however, due to connections to local jeep trails,the ride can be modified (shortened or lengthened). The trail is extremely difficult in
spots. All is rideable if you are strong enough.
From Las Cruces, take Valley Drive (185) north to Shalem Colony Trail and turn left. Follow Shalem Colony until you cross the Rio Grand River and turn right on Rocky Acres Trail (First paved right after the river). Follow Rocky Acres back, keeping to your left until it opens into a bowl-shaped parking area. To go any further you really need a 4X4. Park Here. Start the ride by going a few yards up the hill to the south and turn right to locate the two, low water tanks. Keep on the road past the tanks while it takes a sharp turn to the right and starts climbing a hill. A single track will appear on your right. Follow the single track until it hits a dirt road and climb to the top of the hill (100 yards). On your left you sill see the trail head,marked by a BLM sign. The rest of the trail is single track. A local website has maps of the trails in the Las Cruces area, this one included. The site is:
Summary: Now see, I really like this trail, and I don't get why others put it down. It's low speed technical riding, which is what I like. I spent 20 years in the Pacific Northwest (AHHH!), and all the trails are like this one. Except this one has lots of sunshine and open beautiful vistas to look at.
I always ride the whole loop; don't see why anybody would want to ride back on the jeep road. The arroyo has some seeps, so there's wildlife to see; a few nice dropoffs, just intimidating enough to be a thrill without having to worry about post traumatic stress disorder.
This is a great place to feed the skill monster, and I have seen maybe 2 or 3 other people out there over the years; wonderful solitude. Don't get uptight, just enjoy and go at your own pace.
Recommended Route: To get to the trailhead, I take a right on the dirt road after crossing the river from Shalem Colony road going west. Then the first left, then I stay left and go about a mile or two until it turns into a serious jeep road. I park there and continue riding up the jeep road west, I ride about another mile.
You can see the singletrack starting off to the right, though I don't think there's a sign or marker. I contour north around the hill, then west again. The trail meets up again, briefly, with a jeep road. I ride west on the jeep road about 100-200 yards, then there's a marker for the beginning of the loop on the left. It's straightforward from there, just stay on the trail. The places where you can get confused are the arroyos, just watch for bike tire tracks and markers. If you have gone a ways up an arroyo without seeing tire tracks, just double back until you see a marker.
Eventually, one ends up at the top of the loop back on the jeep road. Ride downhill on the jeep road about 200-300 yards, and you'll see the trail again on your right - watch carefully because the marker was knocked down last time I was there. The trail dips off steeply.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Dona Ana trails are great.
Summary: Difficult to find - in fact I found the general area but never found the trail head even after a description from a local. Might want to see if you can get more info before trying to find it. Rode Dona Ana -nice moderate trail, but was looking for more...
Summary: This trail is a challenge for those of us who are sadists. If you're a beginner, don't bother, you will not have any fun. Very hard uphills, very little opportunity for speed(unless you scream down the dirt road on the way back). This is a trail that when/if you finish, you will be proud of yourself. Stick to early morning rides in the summer or face heat stroke. You may encounter cattle, deer, swarms of bees, and the occasional rock crawler out here. It's awesome. Take tubes and a pump, PLENTY of water, and lather yourself in sun block.
Recommended Route: The trail starts a little way up a dirt road, start there and go west, young man, until you hit another dirt road, then the real meat of it begins on the left(south). From there... have fun.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Dona Anas, A Mountain, Sierra Vista. Aparrently if you kiss the right booty, you can get day passes for Lucero, or sneak on, but don't tell them I said so.
Summary: This trails great if you like walking your bike and pushing granny gears. This trail seldomly gives you a chance to get speed, their's to many huge rocks, drops, 180 switchbacks and extremely steep climbs. This trail isn't a good cardiovascular workout,theirs no flow because the trails too sporadic, tHe trail wil leave you beat up and probably unsatisfied. It does have it's moments and amazing views of the city, but if your into testing your endurance and not your patience ride somewhere else.
Recommended Route: go down Shalem Colony road, turn left on Rocky acres follow it until it turns to dirt and you can see about 4 steep jeep trails. Go up a trail, find the water tanks and keep going until you see a sign and singletrack on your right. When you get to a jeep trail go up it until you hit a single water tank and follow the single track next to it(DO NOT TURN AT THE BLM SIGN on your left- this is a washed out arroyo of death)
Other recommended trails in the same area: Dona Ana, A mtn, Red rd, .
Review Date December 31, 2003
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: phlbbbbbbbbbt
Cross Country Rider
Summary: We came down from the burque for some warmer weather riding and ended up at SST. Directions are right on the money and we had no trouble finding the place. However, some chuckhead broke the bLM sign, but it is pretty obvious where the trail starts.
The trails rocks...literally. There are little rocks, there are big rocks, there are smooth rocks, there are sharp rocks. There are rocks on other rocks. There are rocks that don't even look like like rocks, and they come in all colors shapes and sizes.
Climbing the trail was a breeze - it is pretty obvious that this is a mountain biking trail. There were a few obstacles that took effort to clear, but for the most part this is really rideable.
We got to the top - and ended up on a dirt road. We did the out and back and blasted back down. Great descent, great climb. Trail is top notch and is something that experienced riders will really appreciate.
Recommended Route: Out and back.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Redd Road trails in El Paso