8.0 miles
834 ft
-834 ft
1 mile
High Point

This is the classic loop out at the White Ridge (or White Mesa) trails near San Ysidro. Starting at the parking lot, this clockwise loop follows the famous Dragons Back and skips the hike-a-bike, utilizing the lower double-track to connect to the central singletrack.

The climb starts along 'The Springs'--a series of standing springs seeping from the rock--and continues past a series of stinking, sulfurous sinkholes.

After a short jaunt on the doubletrack, the trail meanders through a series of optional bumps, drops and woops in a moonlike landscape. The remainder of the route continues a series of short punchy climbs and rocky descents up and down a series of times before a ripping fast descent back to the parking lot.

Detailed Description
Dragon Slayer Loop is a 8 mile popular intermediate route located near Rio Rancho New Mexico. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 834 ft with a max elevation of 6,035 ft then descends -834 ft.
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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
RichardpsI11a (Apr 10, 2022 at 15:42)
Trail Dragons Back
Rather challenging ride with 5mph winds but fun nonetheless. If you don’t want to tackle the hike a bike on the extension you can do switchbacks down the hill and then bike across the flat area and hook up with the trail back to the parking lot.
  • + 0
robertellisw (Jul 19, 2021 at 10:12)
Trail Dragons Back
Fast. Flowy. Amazing views. Fast. Fast. Flowy. Weeeeeee

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  • Altitude min
    5,539 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,835 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,837 ft
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Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

White Ridge Trail A
Nov 22, 2022 @ 6:03am
Nov 22, 2022
White Ridge Trail B
Nov 22, 2022 @ 6:03am
Nov 22, 2022
Dragons Back
Nov 22, 2022 @ 6:02am
Nov 22, 2022
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