Mountain Biking

Mountain bike trails in the Sandia Ranger District are found in numerous areas of the Sandia and Manzanita Mountains. Below are short descriptions of major trails accessible from Albuquerque city streets or state highways. Trailheads are referenced to locations on the Sandia Ranger District map. Mountain biking is not allowed in the Sandia Mountain Wilderness.

NM 337 South of Tijeras:


(photo credit: Thomas K. Mayer)

(Distances are from the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras.)

Chamisoso Canyon – 0.7 mile to Chamisoso Road. Park in lots just east of highway. To access Cedro Peak area trails, ride up Chamisoso Road about 50-75 yards and take the well-defined trail on the right or continue east on Chamisoso Road to FR 462. You can continue on to the bottom of Coyote Trail.

Tunnel Canyon – 2 miles to trailhead parking on right. Follow trail up to saddle (one short, steep climb) and continue straight to access Otero Canyon or turn right on rocky uphill west ridge of Otero Canyon. Where the trail splits, go left down into Otero Canyon. Do not cross the military withdrawal boundary. Area is patrolled by military police. Mostly smooth, fun singletrack.

Otero Canyon – 3.2 miles to trailhead parking on right. Ride up canyon and turn around at military withdrawal boundary. Or, about ¾ mile up Otero Canyon, take Trail 236 either left to east ridge of Otero Canyon or right to Tunnel Canyon Trail and west ridge of Otero Canyon. Lots of smooth, fast trail; some gnarly climbs and descents.

Cedro Group Campground Trailhead – 4.3 miles to Juan Tomas Road on left. Follow signs to Cedro Group Campground. Trailhead parking is ¼ mile west of the campground. Cedro Peak trail system can be accessed from here. A range of conditions from flat and smooth to rocky ascents and descents.

Pine Flats Picnic Area – 6 miles to Pine Flats Picnic Area on left. Trailhead is at far south end of picnic area. Pine Flats/Oak Flats trail system accessed here. Singletrack, doubletrack, a few rocks, fast, fun trail.

The Cedro Peak and Otero Canyon Trail Map is available at the Sandia Ranger Station, Two Wheel Drive, 1706 Central SE, 505-243-8443 and at other retail outlets. Also you may want to check, and

Sandia Mountains Eastern Slopes – Along NM 536:

Sandia Peak Ski Area Bike Trails – Chairlift usually opens to bikes on Memorial Day weekend. If the chair is not running, you can always ride your bike to the top.

Other Trails – You may want to ride Oso Corredor, 10K to Ellis, and Faulty from Bart’s to Bill Spring.

Sandia Mountains Western Foothills Adjacent to Albuquerque:

South Foothills Trails – Trailheads at east ends of Menaul, Indian School, and Copper Streets.

North Foothills Trails – Trailheads at Embudito Trailhead parking lot, Michial M. Emery Trailhead at east end of Spain Street, and Elena Gallegos Picnic Area at the end of Albert G. Simms Park Road.


(photo credit: Thomas K. Mayer)