Mountain Biking in Placitas, NM

by Lindsay

Rocky climbs, flowy downhills, and big hops await mountain bikers on the trails of Placitas, NM. Situated in the Cibola National Forest, this trail system traverses a landscape highlighted by vibrant red and chalky white soils, bright green junipers, and, when in season, colorful blooms on a variety of cacti.

There are trails here for all skill levels and terrain preferences: sandy, compact, rocky, smooth, climby, and rollercoastery downhill fun. If you want to experience a little bit of all that, I recommend the Figure 8 Mile Olio route, available on MTB Project.

This is one of my favorite local places to ride, but the trailhead is currently closed for obvious reasons related to COVID-19. So, I put together a video of clips from the last time Ryan and I took a cruise over there. If you’re feeling a little cooped up indoors these days, I hope the views in this video evoke a sense of fresh air!

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