Perched between 7500' to 9000' elevation in the Zuni Mountains, the trail network near Gallup, New Mexico, is a mountain biker's paradise waiting to be discovered. With 26 miles of picturesque riding through Ponderosa pine forests, blooming meadows, and historic logging corridors, this set of trails offers not just a ride, but a truly immersive experience.
For the navigational enthusiasts, maps, and GPX files can be found at the Gallup Trails 2010 website. To reach the Hillso (formerly Quaking Aspen) Trailhead, take Interstate 40, Exit 33, and head south on NM400 for approximately 7.5 miles.
The beauty of this stacked loop trail network lies in its versatility. Here's what awaits:
It's not just about the singletracks; it's about what they pass through—dramatic mesas and intimate canyons add to the beauty of the ride. With trails like Berma and Purple Haze, each ride turns into an unforgettable experience.
Most reviews are effusive in their praise. Riders relish the "fast and flowy" nature of these trails, emphasizing the hard-packed singletracks interspersed with some bedrock sections through the washes. Despite the diversity and quality, the trails are surprisingly not crowded, adding an extra layer of allure to this biking destination.
Zuni Mountain Trails near Gallup, New Mexico, offer the perfect blend of variety, solitude, and natural beauty. It's a destination that deserves a spot on any mountain biking enthusiast's bucket list—whether you're local to New Mexico or passing through, make sure this trail network is on your radar.