The Sacramento Mountains stand guard over well-worn trails just a hop, skip and a leap from the Innsbrook Villae Country Club & Resort in Ruidoso, NM. This stunning mountain range peeks over evergreens and, if you catch the right light, seems to lose its blues in an expanse of sky we don’t always take the time to appreciate during our daily grind.
The Lincoln National Forest sits at the range’s feet, nearly untouched but for the mountain biking trails that are just waiting to be used. The forest is dotted with canyons, offering incredible views of sheer rock faces, wildlife, open meadows and trails that range from novice to intermediate. There is also a bike trail behind Smokey Bear Ranger Station, which is close to Innsbrook.
For the more adventurous biker, the seventeen-mile Rim Trail located in the Sacramento Mountains features two miles of terrain overlooking the White Sands and truly awesome views. The intermediate trail is a rocky and rooty single track and is recognized as a top 10 trail in the nation.
If you’re after more of a loping ride, Bonito Lake Road just off of Highway 48 is an asphalt and gravel road perfect for mountain bikers looking for an easy afternoon of picturesque tranquility circling the lake. This trail is twenty miles around, but has vehicle access all along it, making for as long or short a trip as you would like.
Ruidoso is an incredibly scenic getaway, but this region isn’t just beauty waiting to be photographed – it’s a vibrant terrain to be played on. The mountain biking trails of the Sacramento Mountains are well marked, relatively untapped and offer a day of outdoor adventure for the experienced or novice mountain biker. Isn’t it time to lose the watch for an afternoon (or entire day if you’re feeling particularly adventurous)?
For more information on New Mexico bike trails, especially regarding Grindstone Loop Trail T91A, Grindstone Spur T91B, Grindstone T91, Perk Ridge T92 and South Cedar Creek T13, look here.
Make your reservations with Innsbrook Condos now to explore this incredible New Mexico terrain tomorrow.
*Video courtesy of znerky