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Alien Run Trails - Super Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (27) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A combination of the Alien Run trails; lots of experiences packed into one great ride.


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16.3

Miles

26.2

KM

100%

Singletrack

6,771' 2,064 m

High

6,123' 1,866 m

Low

1,182' 360 m

Up

1,182' 360 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Bureau of Land Management Treasures

One of the Bureau of Land Management's "Backyard to Backcountry" treasures, this trail was developed between Aztec Trails and the Farmington, NM BLM office to provide world-class riding experiences.

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Overview

The Alien Run Super Loop combines the Alien Run and Alien Run Outer Limits trails. It has a fair amount of climbing and descending and provides a multitude of experiences from fun slickrock to swooping singletrack.

The route is best done counter-clockwise to maximize the rolling descent on the north side of the loop.

Description

Start the ride on Alien Run with a nice warmup on dirt tread, swooping in and out of small arroyos just off the edge from the Hart Canyon rim. This eventually transitions to a mixture of slickrock and distinct trail.

After the optional "Black Hole" loop (an area that rolls around the convexities and concavities of the canyon edge), the route transitions again to slick rock with Moab-style paint arrows. Some are faded or missing so a bit of route finding may be needed. Throughout this section, there are lots of opportunities for sessioning.

At an intersection around 2.9 miles, you can turn left and do the 5-mile loop. Continue straight to follow along the rim.
Eventually, the trail leaves the rim and climbs up a canyon through boulders to reach a different elevated rim. This terrain change completely alters the character of the trail.

Around mile 4, the alleged "UFO Crash Site" is off to the left somewhere. Cue the "Close Encounters" soundtrack!

At 4.3 miles, you reach the Alien Run Outer Limits intersection. Continue straight here and enjoy new surroundings with very different characteristics.

The beginning of this part of the ride head east and up a hill. The tread is coarse gravel and the grade considerable and much different from the rim riding.

Once over the hilltop, the benefits of a directional trail become apparent. There are no switchbacks on the downhill side... you just plunge down!

From here, the trail meanders north, skirting the edge of John Brown Canyon along high cliffs.

Beyond the canyon, the trail joins a road for about 700 feet. At the top of the hill, bear left and back onto the trail. Signage is pretty good. Watch out for fast-moving vehicles.

Now the trail turns back south, contouring along the base of a low escarpment. After a number of road crossings, the trail rejoins itself and closes the loop.

After rejoining Alien Run, you'll be on the north side of the loop and away from the canyon rim. From here to the end of the ride, the trail is tight singletrack with swooping turns among pinons, with occasional sandy sections.

Contacts

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 27 votes

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Photos

A sample of the trails on the Alien Run Trails
May 13, 2018 near Aztec, NM
Some of the high desert slickrock
Sep 17, 2017 near Aztec, NM
Awesome day out.
Jun 30, 2019 near Aztec, NM
Having fun on a rocky section
Aug 13, 2018 near Aztec, NM
Alien Crash Site decoration
Sep 17, 2017 near Aztec, NM
The "Black Hole" side loop offers infinite sessioning for the advanced rider
Aug 22, 2014 near Aztec, NM

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Jun 22, 2019
Andrew DeMattos
Difficult with trail markings on outer limit loop. Very fun rides. 15.7mi — 2h 59m
Jun 8, 2019
Larry Welling
May 26, 2019
Dallas Knoll
Awesome
May 12, 2019
Victor Ruggiero
Apr 26, 2019
Bill Westervelt
Trail is in serious need of TLC. 16.3mi — 2h 25m
Apr 18, 2019
Jay Swift
Apr 7, 2019
Kelly Tribelhorn
Super fun riding on a spring day! 9mi
Apr 1, 2019
Josh Daniel
Wylder and I rode all but the farthest portion of the loop. 12mi — 5h 30m