10.2 miles
921 ft
-925 ft
1 mile
High Point

Located in the scenic Galisteo Basin Preserve, this loop is a great sampling of trails on the southern half of the preserve. Ideal for beginner and intermediate riders, while also being fun enough for all skill levels, this route will serve up great views, narrow singletrack, and a few rock features.

Begin at the Cowboy Shack trailhead and continue up the brief doubletrack before taking your first left and to begin the singletrack climb up to the red rock ridge. Here you will start your up-and-downs as you zig and zag your way through the countryside linking up multiple trails.

Don't worry about following the route exactly or getting lost: all intersections are signed and each loop offers some fun.

Detailed Description
Galisteo Basin Fun Loop is a 10 mile popular intermediate route located near Santa Fe New Mexico. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a easy overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 921 ft with a max elevation of 6,521 ft then descends -925 ft.
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    1 hr 27 min
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    6,203 ft
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    6,369 ft
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    6,365 ft
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    4 miles
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