Las Vistas de Questa Trail

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6.3 Miles 10.1 Kilometers


Singletrack

770' 235 m

Ascent

-751' -229 m

Descent

8,186' 2,495 m

High

7,575' 2,309 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Unknown

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A good ride with a measure of climbs and descents as it travels across the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

Wil Parker

Overview

Access to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area is $3/day per vehicle.

Description

There are two trailheads for this trail, allowing riders to complete a point-to-point ride in either direction or a twelve-mile out-and-back. Connecting to the trail are a number of challenging unmarked doubletrack that branch off mostly to the north. If something breaks while you're exploring, know you can walk to a main road with a little time.

From the west end (as mapped), things start with a fast singletrack pedal that transitions to a gentle climb. At 1.6 miles, there's a punchy descent before the trail turns to the right and then to a hard left which climbs to a scree field that you ride across. Some riders will prefer walking across this section. On the west is a rocky drop.

At almost two miles, you'll come to an un-gated style where you can pass through the fence. Turn right and climb, it's a tenth of a mile on doubletrack to the singletrack. After 200 yards, there's a steep series of switchbacks that will challenge riders...only the daring make it through. The singletrack continues to a doubletrack and riders will continue climbing up a hill to look for a rusty gas can that marks the singletrack to the right.

This singletrack continues across two doubletrack trails. Eventually, turn right on doubletrack for a tenth-of-a-mile and then turn left to pass by a black pipe that marks a well head. The trail will turn to a slight right marked with a beer can on a tree. This will take you through the sage to a doubletrack which turns to the left to climb another hill.

Where the trail intersects the Punto de Coyote Vista Trail (Loop), the singletrack splits to circle around a rock-capped prominence (there's also a short spur to the top for a view). The southern end of that loop is better for descending riders, while the north end is better for climbing riders headed the opposite direction. The south side is the side hikers climb from the east trailhead.

The trail is steep and it soon enters an area with large rocks that you have to wiggle through...take it slow. The loop quickly comes back together and the Las Vistas de Questa Trail continues to overlap with the Punto de Coyote Vista Trail (Loop) down to the east trailhead below. It's common for riders to follow the loop around and make a return as mapped out in the West Trailhead ride. Otherwise, continue down the trail. Once you are out of the trees, it's a fast rip to the bottom.

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