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Old 10-27-2008, 07:24 AM   #1
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Any good off the highway route in New Mexico? Im going to TDF!

I am heading out Saturday and want to make it out of Colorado to New Mexico that day. I would also like to get off the interstate and cruise around in the desert and mountains. Anyone know any good routes I can take while I head to the border? I am headed on a year long trip to TDF.
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:42 AM   #2
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I'm thinking there isn't a lot of continuous dirt from the CO border to Abq without getting into the mountains but south of Abq you could probably do a lot of dirt to El Paso. I don't have any any complete routes for a trip like that I did look into it when I was planning a Camino Real ride.
I think the biggest chunk continous dirt would be the Journado del Muerto (?) portion.

Another option, but far from the quickest, would be a CDT route ride. Plenty of dirt but you would have to head back east to get to El Paso.

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Old 10-27-2008, 12:39 PM   #3
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Thanks Jeff for the reply,
Do you know of any maps of that section of the CDT? I would be interested in learning the area and section. Sounds like it might be fun. I know there are a lot of options out there but just not sure where they are. Might have to improvise
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Old 10-27-2008, 02:37 PM   #4
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That northern part of the CDT trail is also known as FR 87.

Further south, and you can run a portion of the Geronimo trail (120 miles!), also known as Forest Development Road 150. This runs right along the Continental Divide.
http://www.geronimotrail.com/fdr150.html#fdr150
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Old 10-27-2008, 03:08 PM   #5
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LoriKTM,
Thats funny you mention FDR 150 I ran a portion of this road a few years back, got stuck in the middle of a snow storm, hiked two days out in three feet of snow and wasnt sure if I was going to be able to pull the jeep out until next spring. Luckily for me there was another road in and didnt have as much snow.
Can anyone bring up on google maps where to enter and exit for a reference?
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Old 10-27-2008, 03:16 PM   #6
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I think Hair or someone sent me the gps track of the CDT through NM. I can send it to you if I can find it.
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Old 10-27-2008, 04:09 PM   #7
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Here's a version of a route I did this year.

I think I would skip the very northern part of the route due to the cold temps.

If you begin the route around Coyote, you could ride the section that goes through the Jemez in a day and from Cuba south the terrain is more desert-like (but colder).
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:11 PM   #8
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Hey Jethro,
This sounds exactly where I would like to go. I dont have GPS is there any other way to view the file?
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:00 PM   #9
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Nevermind i figures it out. I didnt realize you could open .gpx files in google earth. Pretty cool
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:28 PM   #10
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If you go to Google earth you can search for Antonito CO. Then for reference to the south is San Antonio Mountain. As you are riding there its the big round mountain, you cant miss it.
There are several rides in that area. The first is to head south of Antonito just about all the way down to the mountain. On the north side of the mountain you can turn west on dirt. This road will take you around the back side of the mountain. From the intersection you might need to head west a mile or so before you connect to another road heading south. That road will take you to Hwy 64. From there try to connect to 111 Vallecito. Then you can take dirt all the way to El Rito. That is FS rd 100.

Or right at the edge of Antonito you can follow the RR tracks out of town. The goal is to get down along the Rio Del Los Pinos. You will follow the river for 10 miles west. The distance is just a guess. You will eventually come to a nice wooded bridge that crosses the river. Follow that road. It will take you to the Wilderness area and FR 87. Then you can follow 87 east to where it heads south. Again the same trail that I described.

We had a major wind storm last week. I heard that there were a lot of trees down in the North Jemez. I am sure that the hunters have the major roads cleared by now. But that is just a guess.

Some of the guys offered up maps. You might want one of those. I would avoid FR 87 from CO hwy 117 right now. Given the wind that we had. The last few miles on 87 have a lot of wind/tree damage potential. Its not to hard to get around even large downed trees in that area. But it takes a lot of extra time.
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:15 PM   #11
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Hey Jethro,
Are the roads labeled at all? I would hate to try and follow something from google maps and get lost out there. What is my best option? Also how is the snow on those roads? From looking at the maps it looks like there is snow out near Abiquiu, NM

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I will look into that route thanks, cant wait to hit the road!
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:57 PM   #12
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Try this

Not sure, but there's probably some good info in this thread...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=108842

Good luck. Sounds like a blast! If you come through El Paso and need a break / coffee / beer etc... give me a call.

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Old 10-27-2008, 09:21 PM   #13
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Thanks BCRides,
Looks like I might have to wing it and hit some desert up wherever I find it. To much snow in the mountains right now, oh well. I cant wait to wake up with the frost on my tent! Its only going to get warmer for me from here
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:37 AM   #14
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There isn't any snow in the Jemez. Expect 70 + degree days. Maybe some frost in the morning.
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Old 10-28-2008, 05:23 AM   #15
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Hey Jethro,
Are the roads labeled at all? I would hate to try and follow something from google maps and get lost out there. What is my best option? Also how is the snow on those roads? From looking at the maps it looks like there is snow out near Abiquiu, NM

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I will look into that route thanks, cant wait to hit the road!
From what I recall, the roads have signs but they don't seem to jibe with some of the maps I have so I usually count on my trusty GPS to let me know if I'm on the right path. I'm sure someone has used maps to run this route and can chime in?
FYI, once you head south from Cuba there is a whole lot of nothing until you come to a major town, especially from Pie Town to Deming. I don't remember seeing a gas station in Pie Town either so you'll probably need to go west to the next town for fuel.
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