This loop is good for beginners, and also offers enough of a challenge for advanced riders with big hills and multiple routes from which to choose.
Bring water and anything necessary to repair the bike because there are plenty of spiny plants. There are no restrooms.
You can choose the short route of 4.9 miles by following the route as mapped then taking the Short Loop Cut-off
; or you can take the long loop that is closer about nine miles and has views to the Rio Grande.
The trail has two marked route options, the extreme route with big hills and the normal route for beginners; these routes (North Side Alternate
and South Side Alternate) are marked with signs.
Most of the trail is compacted dirt, but on the hills the sand is a little soft and there are some rocks to look out for. You'll want to analyze some sections before going fast because recent rain can make holes in the ground or erode the descents; even those who have ridden this previously may want to check. The trail is mostly wide, and when you follow the longer loop, you'll be able to enjoy riding under more trees, which provide some nice shade as you take in the river views. The biggest hills are located at the beginning of this loop, and at the northern-most end.
The trail is marked by little signs but you can choose to take any route that you prefer to enjoy the hills.