18.0 miles
3,776 ft
-3,776 ft
2 miles
High Point

Looking for a backcountry ride in the Sangre de Cristo mountains? Here's your loop. This route is less used than most other Santa Fe area trails, thus backcountry navigation, spare parts, and some common sense are a must.

Starting at the bottom of Pacheco Canyon, start with a gravel grind up Pacheco (FR 102) for a few miles. Use your GPS or other devices to find the turnoff to the Mineral Trail. The climb up Mineral is mellow singletrack after the first few steeps.

Mineral will intersect the middle segment of Rio en Medio trail. Descend the fun twistys down to the rio where you'll see your first Borrego Trail sign. Follow that and continue climbing, connect to another forest road for a short stint, then prepare yourself for an awesome descent.

Descend along the Rio Nambe trail and enjoy the solitude. The trail is chunky with some good flow and beautiful scenery. At the bottom, you'll have one of your first river crossings.

Now you will begin a series of up and down descents and river crossings. Again, use your navigation device as parts of the trail tend to disappear.

Once you reach the lowest point, you will start to head west again, beginning with a drainage hike-a-bike. At the top, you'll be rewarded with an excellent descent and great views. Again, another hike-a-bike over the next ridge, then you're descending back to Rio en Medio trail. This descent is fast and technical, enjoy

The final climb connects to the Double Discount trail which climbs for a short, but steep while then has a ripping descent back to the creek. Climb the old fire road out to Pacheco Canyon road and enjoy a cold one.

This route is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!

Detailed Description
Rancho Viejo Backountry Loop is a 18 mile moderately popular expert unsanctioned route located near Santa Fe Area New Mexico. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 3,776 ft with a max elevation of 9,276 ft then descends -3,776 ft.



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    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
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More Stats for Rancho Viejo Backountry Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    7,208 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,208 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,208 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Rancho Viejo (Borrego)
Jul 15, 2022 @ 7:00am
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Viejo Trail #179
Jun 26, 2022 @ 7:11am
Jun 26, 2022
Jun 26, 2022 @ 7:11am
Jun 26, 2022
Double Discount
Jun 26, 2022 @ 7:11am
Jun 26, 2022
Rio Nambe
Jun 26, 2022 @ 7:11am
Jun 26, 2022
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