January, 2015: Most trails are currently under snow and mud, and will open in mid to late April depending on the snowpack.
The High Desert Trail System may be frozen and useable if you ride early morning or late evening. Please
don't hike or bike on the trails when they are soft and muddy. Our soil has a high clay content and you will
damage the trail tread as well as your equipment.
High Desert Trail System
The High Desert Trail System is a single track trail that provides a variety of terrain with the least technical beginning at the East Trail. The three loops of of the trail - First Mesa, Second Mesa, and Third Mesa - increase in technical difficultly of terrain. Map/signs are posted at all intersections. The trail is open year round but winter conditions may prevent use. Please don't use the trail when it is soft & muddy.
Directions to East (Gamerco) Trailhead
Directions to West (Mentmore) Trailhead
Just east of Gallup are the Zuni Mountains and the McGaffey Recreation Area. The newly improved Hilso Trail Head at mile 7.5 on NM 400 is the gateway to some 26 miles of designated mtb and hiking trails, as well as many miles of unmarked traditional trails. Map/Signs are posted at all intersections on designated trails. These trails are normally closed from December until mid April. Trails are currently closed for the winter.
Twin Springs Area
This area is about 18 miles farther into the Zuni Mountains and is a collection of existing primitive singletracks, logging railroad corridors, and two track Forest Roads. These are unimproved routes with no signs. The meadow in the aspens on the right (west) side of FR50 is a favorite camping spot for mtbers (and hunters), the Aspen Corridor singletrack starts on the left (east) side of the road. These trails are normally closed from December until mid April. Trails are currently closed for the winter.
See below for more maps and gpx files: