BIKING IN ALBUQUERQUE

Albuquerque is one intense ride.

Gorgeous mountains, hundreds of miles of trails and year-round sunshine make Albuquerque a great city for cycling. Cyclists love Albuquerque for its extensive network of bike lanes winding through the city, high-intensity mountain biking trails within minutes of downtown, and additional trails throughout the area.

The Paseo del Bosque trail runs a 16-mile route along the bosque, the forested area along the Rio Grande. A short trip from downtown, the Paseo del Bosque has stunning scenery and makes for an unforgettable ride.

Paseo del Bosque named one of the best bike paths to explore in the U.S.Albuquerque named one of the 8 best accessible outdoor adventures around the worldAlbuquerque named one of the best places for outdoor enthusiasts to live and work

 

Bike Maps & Where to Ride

Albuquerque boasts more than 400 miles of bike lanes, paths and trails throughout the city perfect for cyclists of all abilities. The City of Albuquerque offers great resources for cyclists including an interactive map of on-street facilities and multi-use trails throughout the city. 

   

Bike Rentals & Tours

Albuquerque’s bike rentals and tours make it easy to see the city on two wheels. Albuquerque’s hundreds of miles of bike lanes, paths, accessible trails and low-traffic streets make biking in Albuquerque one of the best ways to get around. 

Take a guided tour with Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals or Heritage Inspirations, try an electric bike with Free-to-Roam eBiking or try out a multi-passenger, pedal-powered tour on the Duke City Pedaler

Biking Events

Locals and visitors alike jump on their bikes for these annual biking events. 

Bicycling in Old Town Covid Safe Masks

ABQ CiQlovía

ABQ CiQlovía is the Albuquerque version of the global phenomenon known as ciclovía or open streets. This free event is designed to encourage all cyclists to enjoy our beautiful city and unique neighborhoods.

Day of the Tread

Day of the Tread 

Day of the Tread is a 'Day of the Dead’ and Halloween themed bicycling event for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. At this only-in-Albuquerque cycling event, costumes and fun are encouraged! 

Tour de Acoma bike race

Tour de Acoma

Just an hour outside of Albuquerque, Tour de Acoma is a 100, 50 and 25-mile bike challenge covering some of the most breathtaking lands on the Acoma Pueblo reservation. 

Family-Friendly and Leisure Biking 

With 310 days of sunshine, beautiful high desert landscapes and relatively mild winters, Albuquerque is truly a city built for cyclists of all levels. Did you know Albuquerque has more park/open space than any city in the United States per capita, and over 400 miles of dedicated bicycle paths, trails and lanes to explore?

From the banks of the Rio Grande to the foothills of the Sandia Mountains and across volcanic mesas, the possibilities for cycling in Albuquerque are endless.

Click here for a list of some of the best bike paths and trails throughout the city. 

Mountain Biking

Mountain bikers love the rolling terrain of the Sandia Mountain foothills, which have plenty of single tracks for biking, trail running and hiking. Several trails challenge mountain bikers with steep inclines and unique high-desert terrain, including large boulders and arroyos (dry washes). These trails are accessible via the Elena Gallegos Open Space on the northeast edge of the city. The foothills also offer an all-terrain park located in the Embudo Canyon Open Space, east of Tramway Boulevard on Indian School Road.

During the summer months, the Sandia Peak Ski Area offers 30 miles of downhill mountain trails. Choose from every level of trail, from novice to pro. For more information about Sandia Peak, please visit SandiaPeak.com

For details on trailheads, parking locations and other mountain biking information in and around Albuquerque, check with the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division.

Road Cycling 

Challenging elevation changes plus dramatic scenic vistas make New Mexico a haven for road cyclers. Professional cycling teams (for instance, the Navigators Insurance team, Team Lipton, and Astana Cycling) have come to Albuquerque for altitude training and national USA Cycling events have found a home in the city, while local road cyclists take advantage of the city's network of bike lanes. Albuquerque cycling clubs have scheduled rides each week; for details, check out a local bike shop or visit the New Mexico Touring Society's website at nmts.org. The City of Albuquerque Bike Map, available for download at cabq.gov/bike, details bike-friendly routes and dedicated bike paths, including the celebrated Paseo del Bosque trail.

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