NM RioArriba LosAlamos Motorcycle Roads

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  • Chaps
  • Kawasaki Nomad
  • score: 121
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  • Chaps
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Northern New Mexico : Los Alamos - La Jara - Los Ojas - Angel Fire
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
March 5, 2016 - 3 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.0

This route was in Rider magazine. Riding it this summer. I'll report back.


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  • 1994 H-D Sportster
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Southern Colorado Loop : Chama - Alamosa - South Fork
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
July 15, 2015 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Southern Colorado loop, several shorter rides combined into one.


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3 : Ribera - Duran
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
July 4, 2015 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Fastish road with a few curvy sections.


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419 : Tremetina - Mosquero
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
July 4, 2015 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Nice open road with some good curves


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CO17 : Antonito - Horca - Chama (NM) ( La Manga / Cumbres Pass )
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
January 28, 2012 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Lots of nice curves, decent asphalt, open views and not much traffic. A very nice ride.


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El Morro Run
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
June 30, 2011 - 3 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.3

Hot in the summer. Scenery is great if you like ancient volcanic activity. Expect to take the whole day to ride this.


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104 : Tucumcari - Las Vegas
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
March 10, 2011 - 3 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.0

This is a nice diversion to get off the interstate. The best part of this is that it's 110 miles of rugged desolate country and you're going to feel the isolation. With only a handful of people to be seen along the way, I don't recall there being any services to speak of so make sure you get gas.


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NM 94 : Ledoux - Sapello
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
November 3, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Excellent slow, medium speed and fast curve selection


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NM 434 : Angel Fire - Cleveland
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
November 3, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Up into the hills near a ski resort, some very nice curves and views.


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NM 63 : Pecos - Tererro
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
November 3, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

A nice twisty road in the forest.


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NM 76 : Rio Lucio - Santa Cruz
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
November 3, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

A very easy road, with one very strange tight curve in the middle, still I suppose life would be very dull without surprises!


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NM 518 : Talpa - Cleveland
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
November 3, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.7

Enjoyable winding section heading south.


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NM 96 : La Jara - Abiquiu Reservoir
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
November 3, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Nice curves, but surface can be occasionally a bit gravely


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NM 503 : Jaconita - Rio Chiquito
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
November 3, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Some nice corners and a reasonable surface


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NM 14 : Tijeras - Santa Fe ( Turqoise Trail - Back Way North to Santa Fe )
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
September 23, 2007 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.7

From Interstate 40, take NM14 north through Cedar Crest that rises up the gently sloped back side of the Sandia Mountains above Albuquerque. To add icing to your biking cake, be sure to digress onto the Sandia Crest Road, also listed in BBR. There are some nice flats where you can let it rip, but once i a while youll come around a bend and find the once-a-week patrol car with his radar on. Proceed north through the San Pedro mountains towards Golden, NM. Continue north to the artsy-hippie former-ghost-town of Madrid. It was featured in the recent American movie, Wild Hogs, but the green grass in the film was sod rolled out for the filming. Then continue north through the interesting tilted rock formations and finally open grasslands to Santa Fe. Youll pass the famous NM State Penitentiary that was used to film the Longest Yard. You can either cross I-25 and continue on the Bypass Route that drops you at the north end of Santa Fe, or you can go north in I-25 to St. Francis Dr or Old Pecos Trail and drive west into Santa Fe. Stay far away from Cerrillos Drive unless you want three lanes of stupid Walmart shoppers and a zillion traffic lights.


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NM 4 / US 550 : Jemez Valley / Valle Grande
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
May 14, 2006 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.5

This route starts at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Park in north part of the city, just off Interstate 25. If you can time your trip for the second week in October, this event brings up to 900 hot air balloons that can take off over a two hour period in the early morning; not to be missed but plan far in advance if you want a hotel room. You can take Alameda Blvd east from the Park to Interstate 25 north, or go west on Alameda to 4th St northbound. Thsi is Route 313 and turns into El Camino Real as it crosses onto the Sandia Indian Pueblo. The latter route is more scenic. Both routes intersect US Route 550 in Bernalillo. In both cases, go west on 550 towards Farmington. After about 45 km, the road enters the tiny burg of San Ysidro. Turn right onto the start of State Route 4. You will stay on this road almost all the way to your destination. Route 4 drops down to a very narrow two-lane road as you cross into the Jemez Indian Pueblo. Watch your speed; the road is patrolled asn there are small children and pets that run into the road. As you leave the north end of the Pueblo, the scenery begins to transition to red cliffs and step canyon walls. The road continues north into the town of Jemez Springs. Watch your speed here, highly enforced. North of Jemez Springs is the soda dam, a natural hot spring full of minerals that has built up a natural dam across the valley. Nice palce to stop for a picnic. As you continue north, you enter the Santa Fe National Forest, passing Battleship Rock on your right. The road becomes steep and windy, and then transitions over the ridge into the Valle Grande National Wildlife Preserve, which is the caldera of an enormous volcano that formed most of the land features for over a 50 mile radius. Very scenic views on both sides of the road. Then the road climbs up into the rim again and then over and down into Los Alamos County. At the bottom fo the switchback section, you can continue on Route 4 to Bandelier National Monument and the spectacular Anasazi cliff-dweller ruins, or turn left on West Jemez Rd (NM501) and follow the signs to the town of Los Alamos. If you go to Bandelier first, you can enjoy a 3 or 4 hour hike into the canyon and see the homes that were carved out of the soft tufa walls of the canyon. Then, you can proceed on down 4 into White Rock. At the second traffic light, turn right onto Rover Dr, and then make a quick left onto Meadow Ln. after about 1.5 km, look on your left for Overlook Park. Follow the road to the end, where there is a scenic view of the Rio Grande 200 m down in White Rock Canyon. Bring your camera. Reverse course back to 4 and continue about 4 km down to the 'Y', where you should take the left exit and turn onto NM 502 west and climb up the hill to the town of Los Alamos. Stop for a look over your shoulder...very scenic in the late afternoon. After the airport, look to the right a few hundred meters up and bear right onto Central Ave. After the traffic light, you are in the ehart of town, and you can stop and have coffee or a meal at the Central Avenue Grill. Nearby is the Bradbury Science Museum and other historic buildings related tot he towns history. Here ends the trip. If you wish more information, please email qfatherley@hotmail.com, with 'BBR' in the subject line.


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US 84 / US 64 : Santa Fe - Taos
NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
May 12, 2006 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

This will be pretty long day (or two), but well worth the ride. Camera is mandatory. The trip starts in the center of Old Santa Fe in the square at the Place of the Governors. If you're rich you stayed at one of the pricey downtown hotels, if not, well, you wanted to walk around the old town, right? Go west on Palace, turn right on Grant Ave, then left onto Paseo de Paralta. Bear right onto Guadalupe, then merge onto US 84/285 north at the National Cemetary. Just over the hill coming out of Santa Fe is a great place for breakfast. The Tesuque Village Market is just off on Tesuque Village Rd, at the exit for the Santa Fe Opera, bear right. About 3 km down the road is the Market. Huevos Rancheros with red or green chili. When you're done wiping off your chin, continue on Tesuque Village Rd, which merges again onto 84/285 north towards Pojoaque, then on to Espanola. In Espanola, bear left on Paseo de Onate, which is still 84/285. Watch out for the locals in their low riders, mostly on Saturday nights. Once out of town, you will be on a wide open highway, which becomes Route 84. (Don't turn off onto Route 285 or you'll miss the most scenic part of the trip). If you are a Georgia O'Keefe fan, you can stop in Abuquiu, or keep going north towards Chama. One you have climbed up past the Abiquiu Reservoir, you can stop for a hike at Georgia O'Keefe's Ghost Ranch, on the right. Gorgeous multicolored cliffs clearly inspired her paintings. Continue north, and stop at Echo Amphitheater on your left. A natual sandstone overhang that really does echo. Continue north about another 45 km. If you need a break, go past route 64 another 7km to Henry's Store in Tierra Amarilla for a cold drink or potty break. Either way, turn east onto at NM Route 64 towards Taos. The road winds through some of the most beautiful scenery in New Mexico. In winter, this road is typically under 1-4 meters of snow. The road winds down out of the mountains and into open dry grassland after you cross over Route 285 (yes, you're going in a big circle.) You'll pass the local oddity, the 'Earthships', squatters who built solar powered homes from tires and beer cans in the 1960s. Then, one of the greatest wonders of all, the Taos Bridge over the Rio Grande Canyon. Fabulous whitewater rafting trips in spring go right under this bridge, 150 m down. Continue west on 64 towards Taos on Paseo del Pueblo Norte, into the center of town. Have a ball here, but don't buy more than you can carry.... If you plan to go back towards Santa Fe, take Rte 68 south (Paseo del Pueblo Sur) out of Taos about 35km, but turn left onto State Road 75. Go about another 20 km, and turn right onto State Road 76. This is called the High Road to Taos, and it winds down to Chimayo, near Pojoaque. Keep your eyes peeled on your left for Juan Medina Rd. This will take you right past the Santuario de Chimayo. People make an annual pilgrimage here on foot from Santa Fe on Good Friday. If your starving at this point, head over to the Rancho de Chimayo for dinner. Excellent local cuisine. Continue on Medina Rd until it intersects NM 503. Go right and follow 503, winding road through historic rural Nambe. The road ends back on 84/285. Turn left to go back down to Santa Fe. If you need more information, email qfatherley@hotmail.com, entering 'BBR' in the subject line.


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