4,255 ft
2 ft
-561 ft
Avg time
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Upper Big Tesuque Details

  • Riding Area
    Santa Fe Mountains
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • Global Ranking

Beginning at the Big Tesuque parking lot, Big Tesuque trail is a bi-directional multi-use trail that connects the Lower Big Tesuque Trail and the Winsor Trail to the Aspen Vista Trail. It is a strenuous climb (including a short wood stair section that would be incredibly difficult to ride) but generally doable if you are in good aerobic shape. Descending, the trail is very fast and fun, but keeping speed in check would generally be wise, as the trail is very popular with hikers, particularly when the aspens are changing in the fall. Again, the most difficult section is the short section of wood stairs, which gives this trail a black diamond rating, otherwise the trail would be a doable intermediate trail heading downhill.

Access Info

Multiple Trailheads

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Upper Big Tesuque bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -560 ft
  • Altitude min
    9,669 ft
  • Altitude max
    10,229 ft
  • Altitude start
    10,229 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,669 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    62 ft
  • Distance down
    4,161 ft
  • Distance flat
    31 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jul 12, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Upper Big Tesuque Trail Reports

Jul 12, 2018 @ 9:55pm
Jul 12, 2018
reporter The SFNF forest closure is over!
Jun 7, 2018 @ 9:12am
Jun 7, 2018
reporter The SFNF is currently under closure due to extreme fire danger
Apr 30, 2018 @ 5:43am
Apr 30, 2018
Trees cleared and snow gone, good to go
Apr 8, 2018 @ 10:43am
Apr 8, 2018
Clear except for snow towards the bottom near the creek
Jul 17, 2017 @ 1:16pm
Jul 17, 2017
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