Bike in Albuquerque
Albuquerque has gained a local, national, and international reputation as a bicycle-friendly city, thanks to its unique natural landscapes, beautiful architecture, and an extensive system of trails and paths. Whether you are a mountain biker or strictly a city cyclist, biking in and around Albuquerque is an enjoyable activity for all ages.
Paseo del Bosque
Source: Cycling the 50
Just minutes from downtown, the Paseo del Bosque trail runs for 16 miles along the Rio Grande through the Bosque, a forested area featuring stunning scenery. Greenery and water views provide a feast for the eyes. You’ll forget how close you are to the hustle of the city.
Source: Visit Albuquerque
Sandia Mountain offers trails for running, hiking, and biking. The high desert terrain provides challenging rides and jumps with varying ranges of difficulty. In the summer, you can even take the Sandia Ski Lift with your mountain bike and then ride trails down the slope. Visit www.sandiapeak.com for more information.
On the West side of Albuquerque, trails take you past inactive volcanoes and Petroglyph National Monument, open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Check with the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division for information on trailheads, parking and related mountain bike information.
With a combination of challenging elevation and breathtaking views, it’s no wonder that road cyclists are drawn to New Mexico – and Albuquerque. Professional teams, such as Team Lipton and the Navigators Insurance team, travel to Albuquerque for altitude training. Local cyclists and bike clubs enjoy the extensive network of bike lanes. The City of Albuquerque provides a map of bike-friendly routes and dedicated bike trails – including the Paseo del Bosque – which can be downloaded on its website. Albuquerque also has the world’s largest covered BMX racing track. The track, which hosts training and competitions ranging from novice to professional level riders, is also open to the public.
The semi-desert climate of New Mexico means that biking is enjoyable year-round. Just be sure to wear sunscreen!
For more information about biking in and around Albuquerque,