Los Alamos, NM Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
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Acequia Trail

1.6 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Arroyo De Los Chamisos Trail

3.6 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Arroyo De Los Montoyas Trail

1.1 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Arroyo Hondo Trail

0.7 mi
State: NM
Dirt

Arroyo Ponce de Leon Trail

1.6 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Black Arroyo Trail

1 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Broadmoor Boulevard Trail

1.1 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Cabezon Linear Park Trail

1.8 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Canyon Rim Trail

2.4 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Chayote Trail

0.8 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Dinosaur Trail

1.8 mi
State: NM
Asphalt, Dirt

District Trail

1.4 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Enchanted Hills Boulevard Trail

2.9 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Enchanted Hills Path

1.6 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Hawks Trail

0.7 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

High Resort Boulevard Trail

2 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Intel Trail

1.03 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Juan Tabo Trail

0.75 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

King Boulevard Trail

1.7 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Las Estrellas Trail

0.6 mi
State: NM
Asphalt
Accordion

Loma Colorado Boulevard Trail

1.6 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Los Rios Trail

1 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Mariposa Parkway Trail

1.6 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Mariposa Recreational Trail

1.2 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

New Mexico 528 Rec Path

3.4 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Northern Boulevard Trail

3.4 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Rancho Viejo Trail

6.4 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

River Trail

4.7 mi
State: NM
Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

Sandia Science and Technology Trail

2.1 mi
State: NM
Asphalt, Concrete

Santa Fe Rail-Trail

16.8 mi
State: NM
Asphalt, Dirt

Sara Road Trail

1.1 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Southern Boulevard Trail

5 mi
State: NM
Asphalt, Concrete

Spur Trail

3 mi
State: NM
Dirt

Thompson Fenceline Trail

2.18 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Tierra Contenta Trail

2.4 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Tramway Recreation Trail

8.5 mi
State: NM
Asphalt, Concrete

University Boulevard Trail

3 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Unser Boulevard Trail North

6.5 mi
State: NM
Asphalt, Concrete

Valle de Oro Trail

2.3 mi
State: NM
Asphalt

Venada Arroyo Trail

1 mi
State: NM
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Acequia Trail begins south of downtown Santa Fe, near St. Francis Drive, at a juncture with the Santa Fe Rail-Trail. From there, the paved pathway travels southwest, through residential...
NM 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Arroyo De Los Chamisos Trail begins just outside of Villa Linda Park. This starting point is also nearby to plenty of stores, including the Santa Fe Place Mall, as well as a theatre, and dining...
NM 3.6 mi Asphalt
Located in a cluster of suburban neighborhoods in northwestern Rio Rancho, the Arroyo De Los Montoyas Trail follows a stretch of the earthen flood channel for just over a mile, providing a helpful...
NM 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Arroyo Hondo Trail is a dirt path southwest of the city outside of a small residence community. An RV Park is also nearby. A good road for exercising away from the property. 
NM 0.7 mi Dirt
The Arroyo Ponce de Leon Trail is actually a twin pair of paved asphalt trails that run on both sides of their namesake arroyo in an isolated subdivision in western Rio Rancho. The eastern path begins...
NM 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Black Arroyo Trail, completed in 2015, provides a lovely scenic pathway through the dry sage brush and open space that surrounds the channel formed by the arroyo. Offering about a mile-long trail...
NM 1 mi Asphalt
The Broadmoor Boulevard Trail runs north and south along the side of its namesake roadway, forming the western end of a linked series of sidepath trails that run throughout this section of suburban...
NM 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Cabezon Linear Park Trail is a paved pathway that spans both sides of an irrigation channel in the Cabezon subdivision of Rio Rancho. Forming a beautiful, recreational backbone running north and...
NM 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Canyon Rim Trail is a bike-pedestrian pathway along East Road (SR 502) in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The trail offers  grand views into Los Alamos Canyon, of the Jemez Mountains to the west, and...
NM 2.4 mi Asphalt
An asphalt sidepath trail that runs along the east side of Chayote Road, the Chayote Trail helps to link the Enchanted Hills Path and the Enchanted Hills Boulevard Trail, forming a looping trail...
NM 0.8 mi Asphalt
The Dinosaur Trail follows I-25 eastward, sitting outside a residential area. The trails name is derived from the street it travels parallel with until its termination at Richards Avenue. The end of...
NM 1.8 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The District Trail is a straight, paved path following the alignment of the old New Mexico Central Railroad (1903-1926) from Richards Ave. at Ave. del Sur to south of A Van Nu Po, near Institute of...
NM 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Enchanted Hills Boulevard Trail, as its name suggests, hugs the northeast side of Enchanted Hills Boulevard for about three miles in the northern reaches of Rio Rancho, a sprawling and growing...
NM 2.9 mi Asphalt
Far on the northern edge of Rio Rancho, just before the suburban sprawl fizzles out into the desert foothills to the north, the Enchanted Hills Path provides a short but sweet paved asphalt trail to...
NM 1.6 mi Asphalt
A sidepath trail that runs alongside Meadows Boulevard in western Rio Rancho, the Hawks Trail provides a nice wide asphalt path for recreation and transportation, helping local residents safely reach...
NM 0.7 mi Asphalt
A connected sidepath trailway that follows the route of High Resort Boulevard, Ridgecrest Drive, and Arrowhead Ridge Drive, the High Resort Boulevard Trail provides a paved path for cyclists and...
NM 2 mi Asphalt
Situated on the edge of the gargantuan Intel corporate campus in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho, the Intel Trail provides a nice little eight-foot wide pathway through the open space between the...
NM 1.03 mi Asphalt
A short community sidepath trail that runs along its namesake boulevard in southeastern Albuquerque, the Juan Tabo Trail provides a stretch of wide, paved asphalt that forms a part of the off-road...
NM 0.75 mi Asphalt
A wide asphalt sidepath that runs the length of King Boulevard from Wilpert Road in the east to King Meadows Park in the west, the King Boulevard Trail forms a solid connective backbone for the trail...
NM 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Las Estrellas Trail is north of downtown Santa Fe and begins on Tano Rd., roughly a quarter mile from Route 84. A quck trail ride of less than a mile, it ends just short of the Veterans Memorial...
NM 0.6 mi Asphalt
Accordion
Offering over a mile and a half of paved, wide sidepath trail along its namesake boulevard, the Loma Colorado Boulevard Trail manages to pack quite a lot into such a relatively short distance: The...
NM 1.6 mi Asphalt
Tucked in a quiet residential corner of northeastern Rio Rancho, the Los Rios Trail provides a paved pathway along the side of a diversion channel, with informational signs, benches, and shade...
NM 1 mi Asphalt
Located in the Mariposa subdivision in a currently isolated section of northwestern Rio Rancho, the Mariposa Parkway Trail is part of the foundation for planned future development, providing a nice...
NM 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Mariposa Recreational Trail provides over a mile of paved asphalt trail that runs through the rolling hills in the rapidly-developing Mariposa subdivision, located in the far northwestern reaches...
NM 1.2 mi Asphalt
The New Mexico 528 Rec Path consists of almost three and a half miles of paved asphalt trail, running along the side of the wide and busy state highway that cuts through the Albuquerque suburb of Rio...
NM 3.4 mi Asphalt
Cutting a three mile swath across suburban Rio Rancho, the Northern Boulevard Trail provides a great alternative transportation pathway for cyclists and pedestrians as it runs along the south side of...
NM 3.4 mi Asphalt
The Rancho Viejo Trail works as a intercommunity of paths with multiple access points to travel throughout the residence and the three schools and market within the area. Connected with the District...
NM 6.4 mi Asphalt
Santa Fe's River Trail is open in three segments, all of which are off Agua Fria Road. The segment farthest east is just two blocks down from the Santa Fe Railway and just across from De Vargas Park....
NM 4.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt
Forming a two mile border around the western and northern ends of the Sandia Science and Technology Park and the Mirabella subdivision, an industrial and residential area just east of the massive...
NM 2.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Santa Fe Rail Trail follows the old Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line, beginning at Santa Fe’s Railyard Park on the southwestern end of the city and continuing to Highway 285 in Lamy....
NM 16.8 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Sara Road Trail follows a suburban, residential street just off one of Rio Rancho's main drags, providing a shortcut between other sidepath trails in the community's extensive trail network. With...
NM 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Southern Boulevard Trail follows its namesake roadway through the suburban heart of Rio Rancho, providing five miles of paved pathway that serves as a useful path for transportation and exercise....
NM 5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Spur Trail a wide dirt trail running through desert scrub south of Santa Fe, following a dusty route during the dry season. The trail is popular with hikers, mountain bikers and runners....
NM 3 mi Dirt
The Thompson Fenceline Trail runs through a power line utility corridor along the border of the Albuquerque suburbs of Rio Rancho and Corrales, traveling along the outskirts of dense suburban...
NM 2.18 mi Asphalt
The Tierra Contenta Trail runs for more than 2 miles on the far southwestern end of Santa Fe. The trail starts north of Capital High School at a point north of Avenida Contenta, just to the west of...
NM 2.4 mi Asphalt
The Tramway Recreation Trail follows Tramway Boulevard, a major north-south route on the eastern edge of Albuquerque. The path runs along the foothills that skirt the city, offering spectacular,...
NM 8.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Stretching for three miles from the University of New Mexico golf course to the very southeastern fringes of development in Albuquerque, the University Boulevard Trail provides a wide, paved pathway...
NM 3 mi Asphalt
Unser Boulevard serves as one of the main north-south connections between the northern reaches of Albuquerque and the sprawling suburb of Rio Rancho, and the Unser Boulevard Trail North provides a...
NM 6.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Running in between 2nd Street and the railway used by the New Mexico Rail Runner, the Valle de Oro Trail provides a convenient off-road trail that leads north from the Valle de Oro National Wildlife...
NM 2.3 mi Asphalt
The Venada Arroyo Trail runs northwest from an industrial and commercial area in the far northern reaches of the sprawling Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho, utilizing the corridor created by the...
NM 1 mi Asphalt

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Santa Fe Rail-Trail

need a mountain bike for this

November, 2019 by b30

not suitable for a cruiser bike

Canyon Rim Trail

Nice Easy Sunday Ride

August, 2019 by livingingracenow

This is a good trail for beginners or those who want a leisurely pedal in the mountain town of Los Alamos, NM. The west end of the trail starts at the giant parking lot for the Smith's Marketplace (groceries, Starbucks, deli and hotbar, and wine & cheese tasting bar) and winds along the Los Alamos Canyon rim through ponderosa and pinon pine and juniper forest, with great views of Los Alamos Canyon, the Rio Grande Valle, the Jemez Mtns to the west and the Sangre de Cristo Mtns to the east. There is a smaller parking lot with a nice clean indoor pit toilet at the east end of the trail, and if you would like to pedal a little further for some healthy refreshments, you can continue east on NM502 about 1/4 mi., then turn left (twice) and go to the end of Entrada Dr. (past Holiday Inn Express) to the Los Alamos Coop Market (organic and local groceries, soup and salad bar, deli, custom made sandwiches and fresh squeezed juices, and on Sunday between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. you can get and awesome omelet breakfast for $10!). This is one of the few bike routes in Los Alamos that requires no major hill climbing and boasts 2 separate "million dollar bridges" - one spanning a narrow deep canyon. This trail is a wide, asphalt multi-user trail so there are walkers, joggers, baby strollers and dogs, as well as the gamut of non-motorized cyclists. Great way to be introduced to outdoors Los Alamos!

Canyon Rim Trail

Nice Easy Sunday Ride

August, 2019 by livingingracenow

This trail is very nice for beginners and those just looking for a leisurely pedal in Los Alamos. At the west end of the trail you can park in the giant Smiths with lot and at the west end is a smaller parking area with a clean pit toilet “relief station. You can continue east on NM 502 at this point..

Accordion

River Trail

Almost a 5 star

July, 2019 by wireboss

First off the path is made of the best skating concrete! No cracks, and great changing views. Heartily recommend. The only reason I didn't 5 star is that it is a slope that goes to the west that is a bit much going east. Someone else may say it's a great workout :)

Tramway Recreation Trail

Clear Day

March, 2017 by noeljkelller

A light wind day on excellent Northern Section of the Trail. Noel Keller

Acequia Trail

Acequia Trail pleasant ride from rail depot terminus

September, 2016 by pchapman56

Water was flowing today in the channel. There are 2 spots where you can't tell which way the real trail goes, but as someone told me, just follow the water. It was only about 1.5 miles long, not many cars to bother with, nice scenery. Crossing the big street was a pain, can't wait for the tunnel to be built.

Tramway Recreation Trail

Tramway

March, 2015 by noeljkelller

Tramway Recreation Trail I have pedaled the entire Trail years ago. This time only a short section to get a couple of pictures. Surface is in good condition. Well utilized this Sunday. 15 Mar 15 Noel Keller

Santa Fe Rail-Trail

Asphalt surface of Santa Fe Trail

May, 2009 by noeljkelller

While taking a picture of the Trail Head off Rabbit Rd ( N35.62771 W105.96681 ) I was informed that starting 0.2 miles north the trail is asphalt for 3.6 miles into town. I found an excellent trail with some at grade street crossings. Up and down to cross the arroyos, with one bridge that has parallel planks that made it very smooth for my Tri-Cruiser, but may be a hazard for skinny tires.
The “ Arroyo de los Chamisos Trail” joins the Santa Fe Trail at Siringo Rd ( N35.65191 W105.96541 ) Noel Keller 18 May 09

Santa Fe Rail-Trail

Great walk on a snowy day

November, 2007 by runhard

My wife and I walked a portion of the Santa Fe Trail on the day after Thanksgiving in 2007. There was an inch or two of fresh snow that had fallen during the night which made it a beautiful but somewhat slippery walk. The Rabbit Road trailhead is easy to reach by going south on St. Francis, Santa Fe's main drag. Continue past I-25 to the dead end and turn right. The railroad tracks are about a half mile west, and a small parking lot is on the left. We saw broken glass mentioned by an earlier reviewer (five years ago), but local friends go there to run frequently and say the parking is safe.

The trail is great for walking or running, but it would be a pretty good workout on a mountain bike. For most of the mile we walked to the south, there were usually two choices. You could stay near the tracks where the trail was reasonably level, or you go up over the small hill for a good workout. After each small but steep hill, the two trails would come back together and then split again at the next hill. Even in the short distance we went, the views were beautiful, particularly on a snowy day. We are anxious to come back with our bikes so we can do more of the trail.

Santa Fe Rail-Trail

Local Rider

November, 2004 by

"I live in Eldorado (at Santa Fe), a half mile from the approximate mid-point of the Santa Fe to Lamy ride. While the rail tracks (still in use) do go all the way to the village of Lamy, the trail in fact does not.

If riding from Santa Fe or points in between, you will intersect state highway 285, about two miles (as the crow flies) from Lamy. It is well advised that at this point you turn onto 285 south (right) and ride approximately one mile to the Lamy (left) turn, if your goal is to reach the village.

If you stay off road, following the railroad, you’ll soon discover that there’s no real trail, for riders or hikers, with very rugged brush and steep ridges. It’s bushwhacking or riding on the rails themselves, never a good idea.

As of this writing (November 2004) the village of Lamy contains little more than homes and the railroad station, where the Amtrak passenger run that connects Los Angeles and Chicago stops twice each day, once east bound, once west bound, about an hour northeast of Albuquerque.

There have been a few incarnations of a restaurant and bar called the “Legal Tender” across the road from the station, but the latest has long been closed. Thus, there are currently no refreshments to be had in the village, unless there are vending machines in the Amtrak station.

The Lamy – Santa Fe railroad spur is still used for commercial and recreational purposes. There are excursion rides, the train may be booked for groups, and the railroad station is available to caterers, if a bit rough on accommodations.

As for the two-wheel ride, it’s quite beautiful, whichever way you take it. From Santa Fe’s Rabbit Road, you are in for about seven miles of dirt slalom, mostly single track, mostly mile downgrade (from Santa Fe’s 7,000’ to Eldorado’s 6,800’, to Lamy which is lower still), before crossing pavement, in the middle of Eldorado. You can turn back there, or go on to Hwy. 285, where you can also turn back, or go on to see Lamy.

For my money, the best seasons are any but June (hottest month here, and buggy), and spring winds, which can range from March through May, unpredictably."

Santa Fe Rail-Trail

Fun ride

June, 2004 by aka_locojoe

"This is not a ""rail-to-trail"" but a ""rail-with-trail"" because the trail runs right alongside a railroad. This trail has a lot of ups and downs and short steep climbs. We caught this trail where it goes from pavement to dirt at the intersection of Zia Road and St Francis in Santa Fe. This is a trailhead with parking. From what we had read this trail was supposed to take us to the town of Lamy but as far as we could tell it dead ends into Highway 285 (a couple miles shy of Lamy according to the mile markers).

The dirt portion of this trail is about 13 miles long. We rode out and back for a total of about 27.5 miles and a little over four hours. There are a lot of off shoots on this trail and on most of the ride there is trail on both sides of the tracks. We encountered light trail traffic on a Sunday. It gets pretty hot in the afternoon in June."

Santa Fe Rail-Trail

Great Trail but beware of parking

September, 2002 by jmlambert55

"I rode this trail while vacationing in Santa Fe. I really enjoyed riding it. It's a rolling, dirt trail very different from most rail-trails. I rode in the late afternoon and early evening and the views were outstanding.

But beware of where you park. My rental car was broken into at the Rabbit Road parking area. After I discovered it, I saw broken glass in other spots, so it is an area where there are some problems. Parking on cross roads should be OK. This particular lot sits off the road and is a bit secluded."

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