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Golden Open Space

Intermediate
 3.8 (22) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Sandy washes, tight turns, and some sweeping mesa loops make for a fun ride.


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Map Key

11.0

Miles

17.8

KM

100%

Singletrack

6,391' 1,948 m

High

6,093' 1,857 m

Low

763' 232 m

Up

762' 232 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is the extended version of the Intro to Golden Open Space featured ride. It seems some of these southern trails have been added recently.

Description

You'll start this ride by dropping into the wash before you climb the side of a drainage to the top of some mesas on the south. From there, you can do a variety of ~one-mile loops. It's mostly flat terrain meandering through meadows and out around the edges of the mesas. Good miles, but nothing technical, and not sandy like down in the washes.

Most of the system is green/blue. There are a couple minor little ledgy things and tight, sandy corners where you can do funny things in slow motion if you're not careful. It looks like it gets a lot of horse traffic.

I just parked and took every left turn I could and believe I ended up riding everything there (~11 miles). This loop could definitely be ridden the other direction (take right turns everywhere) though, and be just as much fun.

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Shared By:

Timon Fish

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 22 votes

#1626

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  3.8 from 22 votes
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Photos

Take a look at the singletrack in Golden Open Space, NM.
Mar 19, 2017 near Placitas, NM
Golden Open Space offers stellar singletrack with even better views.
Mar 19, 2017 near Sandia…, NM
Reaching the end of the original Golden Open Space Trail.
Apr 28, 2015 near Sandia…, NM
Riding through the cedar trees.
Apr 28, 2015 near Sandia…, NM
He's loving the tight singletrack at Golden!
Apr 2, 2017 near Sandia…, NM
Dropping into the canyon takes you through beautiful red rock formations.
Sep 8, 2016 near Sandia…, NM

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Check-Ins

Nov 8, 2022
Kiki Flowers
Sep 3, 2022
Colleen McRoberts
12h 45m
May 13, 2022
Ethan Dixon
Was guiding my 13yr old on his first MTB ride, and he did great on a full-rigid ancient rig! Didn't go all the way down, but had fun! 8mi — 1h 30m
Jan 14, 2022
Casey Noll
Aug 21, 2021
Sean Wiggins
12mi
Aug 29, 2020
david hartford
Jul 24, 2020
D Inoobinati
1st time out here? Make time for getting lost as there is absolutely no signage on southern mesa. 11mi
Apr 8, 2020
Mark McClain