Golden Open Space

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Trail

6.3 Miles 10.1 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

545' 166 m

Ascent

-544' -166 m

Descent

6,390' 1,948 m

High

6,062' 1,848 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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Sandy singletrack threading around and across arroyos with tight turns.

John Geronimo

Overview

A bit distant from Albuquerque, Golden Open Space is well worth the drive. Recent expansions downward from the mesa have made this an excellent MTB area with moderate grades and many tight turns. This area has a lot of equestrian traffic which makes the trails very sandy. Trails remain unnamed and are generally marked with cairns. This area is home to snakes and there are many good hiding spots for them alongside the trails.

Need To Know

Take I-40 to Highway 14 (Exit 175). Head north on Highway 14 for about 8.75 miles to La Madera Road, which is past the road to Sandia Crest (536). Head west and then north on La Madera Rd. Go about 9 miles until you see the Golden Open Space sign on the right. The pavement ends but the road is well-maintained. It is also possible to enter or leave from the north on Puertocito Rd.

The lower trails are new, narrow, and somewhat loose. Equestrian traffic can pulverize the trail surface. Be careful not to wash out on turns - you can easily go over the bank.

Description

Golden Open Space is a 1,180-acre preserve consisting of two mesas divided by a rugged and colorful arroyo complex. The dense arroyos cut through red, gray and yellow sandstone, limestone and mudstone making for great scenery.

The mesa top is smooth and flat cruising, while the lower elevations consist of many "V-turns" into small sandy arroyos.

The east trail's branches end at a major arroyo. You can ride down the arroyo from South to North (or vice versa) thus creating loops.

This is not a particularly technical area, but the sandy turns will keep you sharp and it is lot of fun to ride.

Contacts

Local Club: AMBA

Land Manager: City of Albuquerque Open Space

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Aug 6, 2016
Joseph Talley
Apr 14, 2016
Fritz Devendorf
The trails have been expanded from what is currently mapped. The trail work is excellent. 9.8mi — 2h 39m
Aug 24, 2015
Gerard Bauer
Jul 19, 2015
david hartford
10mi
Mar 9, 2015
Mike Muscato
Top loop with kiddo.

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I rode Golden on Sunday (9/14/14) with my bro Gilbert and we had a blast! The photos on here don't do this trail any justice. This was our first time riding out there and it was amazing! We had the trail all to ourselves and the weather was perfect. We explored every nook and cranny of Golden which offers so many beautiful scenic views. This is definitely a hidden gem among the local trails around Albuquerque, NM. I would recommend Golden to any mtbers who are looking for a trail that is off the beaten path. Sep 15, 2014


anything too bumpy? how would i fare on my cross bike? Apr 30, 2016


Definitely off the beaten track. Only access is via dirt road marked private or via Indian Reservation Access Rd. Overview description of trail on-the-money. Don't attempt if you don't like sand or ledges or sandy ledges! Beautiful scenery and rock formations; can't miss the trail. Saw a coyote! Oct 22, 2016


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