By: Ali Halpin
While we sit in the depths of quarantine in most of the country it’s hard not to think about the awesome adventures that have been put on hold. Just before COVID-19 really hit our country, Joel and I were on a road trip, checking out some new towns enroute to some gravel races. Our travels brought us to the enchanted land of New Mexico where a dear friend resides in Albuquerque. What was going to be a few day stay turned into a week as the reality of COVID-19 started to take the country by storm. We found ourselves in an area that completely surprised us with endless gravel, tasty new Mexican chilis, small town vibes, and southwest culture all tucked away in the heart of New Mexico. While we can’t physically adventure and travel right now we can dream up our adventures to come! Here is a guide to Albuquerque to fuel your future two wheeled adventures.
Bosque Trail (30+ Miles of dirt)
A great option on either a mountain or gravel bike. Mellow single track that meanders along the Rio Grande river. A mix of single track and wider crushed gravel paths this is a fun way to get some dirt miles, right in city limits.
Petroglyph Loop (29 miles)
Heading out west of town you loop around the Petroglyph National Monument. This loop gives great views of the city and the Sandia’s to the east. Be sure to pull off at the trailhead for the national monument to take in some history of the area.
Rest Day Chillin’
Canyon Road Santa Fe
After some solid days in the saddle head up north to the quiet art town of Sante Fe. A great way to take in the local art scene is to stroll on the quaint Canyon Road which offers over 100 gallery options.
Fuel Up Post Ride
After a long day in the saddle Duran’s is just what the doctor order for a heafty appetite. Housed in the back side of a Duran’s Pharmacy, Duran’s is old school diner meets hearty no frills new Mexican cuisine. The chili with chicken, green chilis, potatos, beans, and a handmade torilla is a must!
For a sweet treat be sure to swing by and grab a Paleta. There are dozen’s of flavor options to satisfy your sweet tooth on a hot day! Pro Tip: Pop Fizz is located just off the Bosque trail, stop in for a mid-ride treat!
Nestled in an unassuming building is Castle Coffee. Most days you will find the owner of the shop pulling shots and greeting customers with a smile. The bright and airy space is perfect for grabbing a Chemex of coffee to share with friends before heading out for a ride!