Stats: (2 short rides)
Arroyo de la Parida
Cerrillos del Coyote race loop
Suggested Season: Late Fall/Winter/Early Spring
We've always wanted to try out some of the mountain biking in Socorro, NM. And, although I had biked a loop on the GET just north of there, neither of us had done the biking found on the Socorro MTB page. So, with Gallop trails still muddy/out-of-shape according to the riders out there, we went down for the weekend with some friends to get an initial taste of what was offered. We went with our friends Stephen and Karen
Ride 1: Arroyo de la Parida
We thought the best place to start would be the old Cerritos del Coyote race loop. Never having been there before, we got lost trying to find it the first day, and instead rode a loop around the north end of the Quebradas Scenic Byway road. It would make for great fat-biking, with lots of sand at the end, as you head out to Pueblito, but the majority of the riding was fun and there were some ruins to check out.
This ride should be started at the same parking lot as for the Cerrillos del Coyote loop found 2.6 miles up the Quebradas Scenic Byway road on the right (south) side of the road. Head east one mile on the Byway and take a left up a steep somewhat rocky road. Follow this road up and down fun hills and drop down into the Arroyo where the road follows a fence line back west. Just after passing a ruin on the northside of the fence, go a bit further and head left at an ATV fence crossing, through a wash , and up a grade. Once on top head west along the top of the mesa, and follow the main track all the way into the sandy wash that leads back to Pueblo (where one accesses the Scenic Byway from the Rio Grande). Then head back on the Scenic Byway east to the parking lot.
The second day we found the Cerritos del Coyote trailhead parking lot, and rode the good (if baby-heady) single track through some sweet arroyos and geology. If there's one quality that stands out about this ride, it is the geology... The Hogback in particular is fun riding along a limestone ridgeline. We marks all the turns with cairns, and the information online is pretty good. Still there were only a few bike tracks to follow since the last rain, which shows this area, although worthy of interest, see probably just a hand full of riders each week.
Follow the information on the Race Page, but know that the route is best ridden counter clockwise and that the last 2miles or so are on the Scenic Byway.
|The parking area at mile 2.6 on the Scenic Byway.|
|The view westward|
|Heading southward up out of the initial arroyos section|
|Skinny trail is fun and rocky with good views.|
|A road section on the southern part of the loop|
|Along a part of the Hogback|
|from the hogsback section the trail head north to Cerrillos del Coyote|
|The two rides are north and across the river from Socorro. Ext 190 Escondida and look for signs for Quebradas Scenic Byway.|
|Original race course pic off the Socorro Fat Tire Web Page.|