Single Track Mountain Biking
High Desert Trail System
A narrow, single track mountain biking trail, the High Desert Trail System provides a variety of terrain with the least technical beginning at the East Trail. Three loops off of the trail – First Mesa, Second Mesa, and Third Mesa – increase in technical difficultly of terrain. Map/signs are posted at all intersections. The trail is open year round but winter conditions may prevent use. Please don’t use the trail when it is soft & muddy.
Just east of Gallup are the Zuni Mountains and the McGaffey Recreation Area. The newly improved Hilso (formerly Quaking Aspen) Trail Head at mile 7.5 on NM 400 is the gateway to some 26 miles of designated mountain bikers and hiking trails, as well as many miles of traditional trails. Map/Signs are posted at all intersections on designated trails. These trails are normally closed from December until mid-April. All trials are open for the 2012 season.
Twin Springs Area
This area is about 18 miles farther into the Zuni Mountains and is a collection of existing primitive single-track, logging railroad corridors, and two track Forest Roads. These are unimproved routes with no signs. The meadow in the aspens on the right (west) side of FR50 is a favorite camping spot for mountain bikers, the Aspen Corridor single-track starts on the left (east) side of the road. These trails are normally closed from December until mid-April.
Pick up your hiking trail map at the Gallup Chamber of Commerce 505-722-2228
Visit Adventure Gallup for area mountain biking trail maps and more.
Visit Gallup Trails for the latest news on new trail development including the hut system through the Zuni Mountains.