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Rhodes Canyon: Full Loop

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Length

24.8 Miles 39.9 Kilometers


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Elevation

1,978' 603 m

Ascent

-1,976' -602 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

6,519' 1,987 m

High

5,201' 1,585 m

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A rare opportunity to ride in the remote and normally restricted backcountry of White Sands Missile Range.

Christopher Bare

Overview

This area is highly restricted and officially sanctioned rides are only allowed at specific times. This area is generally not open to public/civilian access.
A rare opportunity to ride in remote and normally restricted backcountry of White Sands Missile Range. You'll ride through canyons and country not often seen by the general public. This ride is not available to the public unless it is in the form of an officially sanctioned ride through WSMR.

While this ride utilizes multiple roads, it is only one route that is heavily regulated by the U.S. Army and as such, riding in areas off the sanctioned course is not allowed.
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Dogs: No Dogs

Need to Know

This area is highly restricted and officially sanctioned rides are only allowed at specific times. This area is generally not open to public/civilian access.

Description

You start the day early by meeting White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) representatives at a pre-arranged pull off along I-70. Following check in and a briefing, you'll convoy out to the starting point. The convoy consists of 60 miles of paved and dirt roads.

The ride starts by heading North up Bear Den Canyon road and consists of several miles of gentle climbing. At several points along the ride, WSMR representatives will be present to ensure riders are following rules and to provide assistance if needed. A couple of aid stations with water and snacks will also be setup along the ride.

Near the apex of all the climbing, you'll pass by several ranch houses. Near the top of the climb, you'll be directed to turn left onto WSMR 321 and this will eventually become WSMR Rte 5. You'll eventually turn north on Rte 5 and head back to the starting area through Rhodes Canyon.

About halfway down the descent, you'll pass through an aid station where you'll have two options. You can either continue down the main road or turn right and take the Bosque Canyon optional loop that adds four miles to the ride and additional climbing with more challenging terrain, but the reward is a stunning view of the Eastern Slopes of the Cristobal Range.

One you have completed the ride, you'll be greeted with a freshly cooked meal where you can relax, tell stories and reflect upon the ride. Once all of the riders have finished and are accounted for at the start/finish area, everybody will convoy back out of the range.

History & Background

Several old ranch houses can be found along this loop. These houses were used by ranchers prior to the government evicting the ranchers, starting in the 1940's in order to develop the military reservation.

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