Happy Trails: A guide to Santa Fe mountain bike routes for Blue Bus riders

Deb Olson splashes through the Big Tesuque Creek on the Winsor Trail. Peter Olson/For The New Mexican

Hop on the bus, Gus, but don’t forget your bike, Mike. The Blue Bus starts a pilot project to carry people and bikes up the mountain to the end of NM 475 or Hyde Park Road at Ski Santa Fe. In July and August the bus will take up to six bikes up the hill on two round trips a day on weekdays and three times a day on weekends. Only the first six bikes will be able to make the trip up the mountain.

Once you get yourself and your bike on the Blue Bus, there are many options for side trips, adventures and to get back down. One of the premier routes is the Winsor National Recreation Trail. Pick it up at the parking lot for Ski Santa Fe, the bus ride terminus. The ten-mile, single-track trail drops 3,400 feet of elevation starting at 10,330. Once you get to the end of the trail in Tesuque, it is a 4.5 mile ride with 400-plus feet of climbing on Bishop’s Lodge Road to get back to Fort Marcy Recreation Complex.

There are several other options for a rugged mountain bike ride along Hyde Park Road. One spot — and the first the bus passes — is the Sierra Del Norte trailhead of the Dale Ball trails. This is a good network of connecting trails that will entertain intermediate and expert rides while not testing your lung capacity like the higher altitude trails will.

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