Single Track Mountain Biking
High Desert Trail System As narrow, single track mountain biking trails, the High Desert Trail System provides a variety of terrain. The least technical sections begin at the East Trail. There are three loops off of the trail – First Mesa, Second Mesa and Third Mesa – increasing in technical difficultly of terrain. Map/signs are posted at all intersections. The trail is open year round but winter conditions may prevent use. Please don’t use the trail when it is soft & muddy.
Gallup North Hogback Trail The trailhead is just to the northwest of the Red Rock Motorsports area. The gate is always open so just drive on through, watching out for any friendly throttle-twisters and hydrocarbon folks.
Zuni Mountains Just east of Gallup are the Zuni Mountains and McGaffey Recreation Area. The Hilso Trail Head at mile 7.5 on NM 400 is the gateway to 26 miles of designated mountain bike and hiking trails as well as miles of traditional trails. Map/Signs are posted at all intersections on designated trails. These trails are normally closed from December until mid-April.
Twin Springs Area This area, about 18 miles farther into the Zuni Mountains, is a collection of existing primitive single-track, logging railroad corridors and two track Forest Roads. These are unimproved routes with no signs. The meadow in the aspens on the west side of FR50 is a favorite camping spot for mountain bikers. The Aspen Corridor single-track starts on the east side of the road. These trails are normally closed from December until mid-April.