“An epic, backcountry downhill; this trail has it all!”
— Phil Lucero
This trail is unmaintained and somewhat rural in parts. There could be downed trees or other hazards along the way. Watch out for wildlife.
This trail has it all! Awesome views, gorgeous waterfalls, creek crossings, treacherous rock gardens, steep grades, tight switchbacks and smooth, tight singletrack that cuts through varied terrain. If you crave a backcountry mountain bike adventure, the Rio En Medio has what you need.
The trail starts just a short way down the Upper Winsor Trail #254
from the Santa Fe Ski Area parking lot. When you get to a bridge, don't take it as that is the Winsor Trail
. Go straight and you're off.
You'll be following the river the entire way. The first section (before Aspen Ranch) is perhaps the toughest part of the trail as the grade is very steep and there are some nasty rock gardens. This first part is unrelentingly tough and will require every bit of expertise you can muster. After some smoother, faster sections you'll cross the river and climb up and over the Chupadero acequia. After another quick downhill and you'll get to the Borrego Trail
/ State Road 412. Look to the north up the road about 200 yards, and you'll see where the trailhead picks up heading west again on Lower Rio en Medio #163
This is really a gem of a trail, and you'll want to do it again soon!