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Placitas Open Space

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5.4 Miles 8.6 Kilometers



604' 184 m


-589' -179 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (8°)

5,585' 1,702 m


5,285' 1,611 m


Shared By John Geronimo



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Rolling gravel hills north of Placitas.

John Geronimo

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This area of low hills is a mixture of BLM and Albuquerque Open Space (AOS) land. There is some pleasant singletrack and the coarse gravel makes a good trail tread. Like Strip Mine Trail and other USFS Placitas trails to the south, this is a good winter area with some of the lowest altitudes in the Albuquerque area.

Need to Know

Getting there: Take the Bernalillo Rt 165 exit and head east. After just a couple hundred feet, turn left on the frontage road and head north parallel to I-25. Just beyond the Yearsley driveway ("Trucks Only") turn right on Camino Manzano. After a couple miles, turn left onto Santa Ana Loop. Follow this to Cloud View Ct where you'll find a gate with parking nearby and the trailhead.


Head up the arroyo and after about 0.3 miles you'll turn right and climb to the hilltop. At 0.6 miles, you'll cross under a power line and continue east on singletrack. This section gets faint, so the MTBP app will be helpful. At 0.9 miles, is a saddle and an AOS gate. Beyond is a marked singletrack. Continue to the SE and you'll reach the Pipeline Road trail. After a couple miles, you'll turn to the north and cross Huertas arroyo.

A right turn leads to the east trailhead. Head west and cross the fence back to BLM land. A very steep slope leads down into Huertas arroyo again. Head west and you'll hit the same power line again. Go south on the power line doubletrack, then turn right for the final section of trail that will take you back to the trailhead.


Land Manager: City of Albuquerque Open Space

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Eric Cook
Albuquerque, NM
Eric Cook   Albuquerque, NM
Mostly flat sandy riding, lots of pedaling with fairly few flowy downward sections to let it loose. The trails in the area are VERY faint, some route finding skills will be necessary. The descent from the ridge doing back into Las Huertas Arroyo is a bit more extreme. Pretty fast, loose and rocky, with the last descent plunging into the arroyo (this section would be rated Black, as it is a 15% grade and extremely loose). Overall, good views and if you like XC riding you will like this area. Feb 12, 2015
Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
Monotonous XC riding. No real obstacles to speak of. Once you've ridden a few hundred yards, you've seen all you're gonna get. The trails all have names, but are completely indestinguishable from one another. About the only thing that makes these trails interesting are the turns, and the occaisional arroyo dive. Not a lot of character here. It is a bit more interesting on the eastern edge of the network in the foothills. There are some steep ups and downs along the hillsides here and some cool-colored dirt. However, these trails may be in the wilderness area, it's hard to tell. Feb 16, 2016

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