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A Weekend of Mountain Biking in Albuquerque

Tour Albuquerque on Two Wheels

The Sandia Mountains, which border Albuquerque on its east side, and the mountains in the surrounding areas have extensive networks of trails and mountain roads. With 28 mountain bike trails accessible from a number of easy-to-get-to trail heads in the Sandia Mountain Foothills, numerous single track and mountain trails just 30 minutes away from Albuquerque in Placitas, and easy access to Santa Fe mountains and other trails, Albuquerque serves as a true hub for fantastic mountain biking adventures. 


Albuquerque boasts easy access to a multitude of mountain biking trails both in Sandia Mountain foothills, Sandia Mountain trails and in mountains in the surrounding areas, making the city a true hub for a great mountain biking experience. 

See a comprehensive map of the Sandia Foothills

The 28 easily-accessible Sandia Foothills multi-use trails are the best starting point for mountain biking in Albuquerque. Other great trails within 30 minutes of the city include Otero Canyon in the Manzano Mountains and select trails on the east side of the Sandia Mountains. 


Albuquerque boasts some of the most unique places to stay in the country. Our recommendations for accommodations that offer easy and convenient access to your next mountain biking adventure include:

El Cuervo ABQ

A vacation rental in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque, El Cuervo offers walkable access to breweries, restaurants, neon lights and nightlife. On a bike, this location offers easy access to Old Town, the Paseo del Bosque Trail and the University area

Hotel Parq Central

Hotel Parq Central is dog-friendly and located conveniently Downtown, offering easy bike access to the vibrancy of downtown. What would be better than ending a long day of riding than with a delicious cocktail and relaxing view of the city at the Apothecary Lounge, the hotel's rooftop bar? 

El Vado Motel

El Vado Motel has all the charm and retro vibes of classic Route 66, with unique shopping, bars and restaurants on site and located right off the Paseo del Bosque Trail with easy access to the ABQ BioPark


Even with access to hundreds of miles of trails, Albuquerque offers an abundance of other fun adventures.  A few of our top recommendations for a weekend full of mountain biking in and around Albuquerque include: 

The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

For a unique adventure, take the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway to the top of the mountain, and explore the many trails on the east side of the mountain. You could also drive to the other side of the mountain, to Sandia Peak Ski Area, and ride the trails up or down. The chairlift at the ski area runs in the summer for mountain bikers.

Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals

For a different kind of bike adventure, hop on Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals’ Bike & Brew Tour. Try out some of Albuquerque's best brews while you enjoy a guided tour of the brewery district and other vibrant neighborhoods. 


New Mexico is home to one of America's most cherished regional cuisines, so it's no surprise that food is one of the things that people remember most about a trip to Albuquerque. Some of the best places to grab a bite on a weekend full of bike riding include:

Breweries & Wineries

Albuquerque has one of the highest numbers of breweries and taprooms per capita in the country and has some of the most unique vineyard conditions in the U.S. as well. Check out a variety of breweries and wineries during your stay in ABQ. 

Ten 3 at sunset

If you've biked until your heart's content, take the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway up the mountain for great views and great food at Ten3 Restaurant at the top of the mountain. The best time is at sunset, when you can take in incredible views of vibrant pinks, yellows and oranges over the lit up city below. 

Bike In Coffee at Old Town Farm

Easily accessible by bike, Bike In Coffee at Old Town Farm is the first bicycle-focused coffee hangout on a farm in Albuquerque. The restaurant and coffee shop is located off of the bike path next to I-40 and under a forest of cottonwood trees, and is also accessible from Old Town. 


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