Albuquerque's 50 Mile Activity Loop

Opening in the fall of 2017, the 50 Mile Activity Loop is Albuquerque’s newest outdoor recreation asset. This multi-use trail circles the city and provides cyclists, runners, pedestrians, and lovers of the outdoors with a view of the city neighborhoods, Sandia Mountains, and Rio Grande Valley that can’t be seen otherwise.

The Route

The 50 Mile Activity Loop starts in Albuquerque's historic downtown before crossing the Rio Grande river and heading north toward Petroglyph National Monument on the city's westside. Continuing north along the river, the trail plateaus on the West Mesa, offering beautiful views of the North Valley and historic farmland. The trail then returns to the river, navigating through the exquisite cottonwood-lined Bosque before bending eastward and gaining elevation toward the Sandia Mountains. Passing Balloon Fiesta Park, the 50 Mile Loop shares the scenic Tramway Road that runs alongside the mountains, and offers an option turn off for a ride on Albuquerque's Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. After reaching the loop’s highest point near the intersection of County Line Road and Tramway, it's all downhill, winding through Albuquerque's North East Heights, Uptown and Historic Nob Hill Neighborhoods. After crossing world-famous Route 66, the trail has a final downhill section back to the start point at Downtown Civic Plaza

Plan Ahead

To complete the 50 Activity Loop plan on bringing the following items: 

  • Plenty of water (the longest expanse without access to water is eight miles).
  • Helmet and proper safety gear for cycling, rollerblading, etc.
  • Lights, a trail map, spare tubes or a pump if you're cycling and a cell phone (recommended).
  • Cash or a credit card to purchase food, drink, and souvenirs along your way.
Mini Loops

Not ready for the whole enchilada? Try one of the shorter, mini loops within the 50 Mile Activity Loop. On the map select the “Layers” tab, then check "Mini Loops” to find access locations and route distances.