9 miles
Distance
823 ft
Climb
-863 ft
Descent
01:10:54
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Alien Run Trail
  • BLM
    BLM
    Land Manager

Alien Run Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Alien Run
    Aztec, New Mexico
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #15299 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking

This trail is in Hart Canyon, at the site of a supposed UFO crash from back in the 40's. This is a ten mile one-way loop that takes you in and out of the Juniper trees, and along the slick rock shelves of the canyon. At the Eastern end of the loop is the Alien Monument where you will find a brief history of the site. Terrain variation is what makes this trail great, and will have something for everyone.

Access Info

Headed North on Hwy 550, turn right at MM 164 and stay to the left. Continue down the dirt road until you reach CR 2575, then turn left. At that intersection is a Natural Gas processing station, you can't miss it. Head up to the top of the hill, cross the cattle guard, make an immediate right down the one lane road to the trail head.

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More Stats for Alien Run mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -40 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,117 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,553 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,157 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,117 ft
  • Grade
    -0.088%
  • Grade max
    -21.428%
  • Grade min
    24.397%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,568 ft
  • Avg time
    01:10:54
  • Avg reverse time
    00:59:40
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Status:
on Mar 9, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.4 (13 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Alien Run Trail Reports

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      Mar 9, 2020 @ 2:25pm
      Mar 9, 2020
      Trail is good, a bit of soft sand but not bad
      Mar 5, 2020 @ 3:27pm
      Mar 5, 2020
      Just a few wet spots, but nothing to really cling to your bike much or mess up. Rode the full thing, all clear.
      Feb 18, 2020 @ 5:36pm
      Feb 18, 2020
      Rode 5 mile loop. Only a few muddy spots. 10 mile loop still needs some time
      Oct 12, 2019 @ 11:12am
      Oct 12, 2019
      May 30, 2019 @ 8:56pm
      May 30, 2019
      The sand is getting looser as the conditions stay dry. There's some larger rocks that have rolled into the path but otherwise a good clear path,...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 123 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 211 rides
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      Photos

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      29 |
      May 16, 2019 @ 10:11am
      May 16, 2019
      47 |
      Sep 11, 2018 @ 9:23pm
      Sep 11, 2018
      446 |
      Jun 27, 2014 @ 12:53pm
      Jun 27, 2014
      398 |
      Jun 27, 2014 @ 12:53pm
      Jun 27, 2014

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag mike-j-gibson (May 25, 2016 at 11:21)
       A fine example of intelligent design in the evolution of trail building. The guys that put in this trail are genius. Fast, roller coaster, flowing fun with plenty of challenges to keep it interesting. Ride it counter clockwise as suggested for the most enjoyment.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag wgwestervelt (Apr 26, 2019 at 15:58)
       Well designed trail and agree CC is the way to ride it. Needs some pruning and some TLC as of 4/25/19.
      [Reply]

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