Famous for the beauty and variety of its mountain biking terrain, the Ruidoso area offers miles of winding, paved roads throughout Lincoln and Otero Counties and the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Many world-class bicyclists stay in our Ruidoso cabins and train here to enjoy moderate temperatures and build lung capacity in the high elevations.
The ultimate local road bike challenge is the steep climb up to Ski Apache on the 12-mile long Hwy. 532, also known as Ski Run Road. You gain over 2,500 feet from the base and pass just under the 10,000-foot mark at Windy Point Recreation Area, along the way.
Folks looking for an easy route on scenic, paved terrain can try the walking path around the Links Golf Course. Please be courteous as you pass the walkers on this trail, however, by warning them of your approach from behind.
The trails around Ruidoso cover a wide range of difficulty for cyclists of all experience levels and some of the finest mountain biking in New Mexico. You may enjoy a leisurely cruise out at Grindstone Lake or challenge yourself with steeper and rougher terrain. Just a mile up Cedar Creek Drive on the right is a picnic area that gives access to the Spaghetti Bowl, aptly named for the interloping maze of mountain biking great trails. Centrally-located Perk Canyon also boasts a fun and relatively easy trail that is approximately 3 miles, out and back.
Good maps of the forest trail network may be obtained from the Smokey Bear Ranger Station, and biking maps can be picked up at the Ruidoso Visitor Center located at 720 Sudderth Drive. For bike rentals, sales, service, and accessories, try one of the following local businesses.
RIDERS BLOCK BICYCLE SHOP
1137 Mechem Drive, Suite B, Ruidoso
Ski Run Road, Ruidoso