If you are looking for a quick, fun, trail ride that is super easy to access...or take a quick trail ride break after a day at the AF bike park...this is the perfect ride!
This ride links together the Deer
, and Bobcat
trails of the Angel Fire valley community greenbelt. This is a great beginner/intermediate ride through some super accessible scenic trails.
This is a great ride if you want an introduction to the trails in the area, or get in a quick XC workout. If you're visiting Angel Fire from a lower altitude location, this is also a great ride to take in some awesome trail scenery and find out if your legs and lungs are ready for other bigger rides in the area ;).
Parking and trail access are super easy, and the trails are maintained and marked very well.
Parking is free at the Lowe's parking lot. You'll see the occasional hiker / dog-walker. Please be friendly and let the locals know how much we appreciate them opening their community greenbelt to mountain bikers :)
Park at the Lowe's grocery store parking lot on Hwy 434 and Angel Fire Road.
Just behind the Lowe's, you'll see the Deer
trailhead with a very obvious trailhead stand and map board.
The ride is a complete, 5.5-mile loop that goes counterclockwise starting on Deer
trail, to Coyote
trail, to Bear
trail, to Bobcat
Start off heading up Deer
trail for about one mile to the Coyote
trail marker sign. Take the Coyote
trail for about two miles to the Bear
trail marker sign. Take Bear
trail for about 1.5 miles to the Bobcat
trail (run alongside Sierra Blanca Street). Take Bobcat
trail for about one mile back to the Deer
trailhead to complete the loop.
trail and Bear
trail are mostly 'open meadow singletrack' and suitable for beginners. Coyote
trail is entirely singletrack and has some nice wood bridge, rock, root, and switchback features (best for intermediate riders and above). The ride is all ascending until the halfway point of Coyote
, with the second half of the ride being entirely downhill or flat.
These trails and greenbelt system are supported and made available by the local homeowners association.