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post #1 of 11 Old 05-23-2014, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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My son and I are planning to camp in northern New Mexico in late September, somewhere around Los Alamos or Espanola.
We would appreciate any recommendations y'all may have for roads we should not miss on our V-Stroms.

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-23-2014, 06:52 PM
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Lots of great roads in NM, probably my 2 favorites are hwy 4 between Los Alamos and San Ysidro, and the "Enchanted Circle" loop, Taos/Angel Fire/Eagles Nest/Red River/Questa/Taos.
Also love the high road between Santa Fe and Taos.

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Good tips Rich. Thanks. The Enchanted Circle looks very interesting. I hope it won't be full of RVs. You mention the high road to Taos. What highway is that?
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Good tips Rich. Thanks. The Enchanted Circle looks very interesting. I hope it won't be full of RVs. You mention the high road to Taos. What highway is that?
RVs usually aren't too bad, but summertime traffic in Taos can be a headache.

As for the high road, easier to explain the whole thing.
The "low road" is US84/285 from Santa Fe to Espanola, and then NM68 from Espanola to Taos. 68 follows the Rio Grande, and is a nice ride in it's own right. For the "high road" if you're coming from Santa Fe you would turn onto NM503 just north of Pojoaque, before you get to Espanola. 503 intersects 76 near Chimayo, take 76 up through Truchas and Las Trampas to 75, near Penasco and then 518 which insects 68 at Ranchos de Taos, just south of Taos proper.
If it works better with where you end up staying, you can cut out the 503 part and just pick up 76 in Espanola.

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If you have time, take hwy. 17 north out of Chama over the Cumbres and La Manga passes down into Antonito, CO. From there, you can head south back into NM. Nice ride.

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We'll be in the area about 4-5 days so should have time to ride all the routes mentioned. I have them copied. Thanks
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There is a historic rail yard in Chama that is pretty cool if you like old trains and such. You can't miss it; it's a small town and on the way.

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It wasn't clear to me if you were exclusively touring only the northern part of New Mexico or not. If you are only going to be up north you can stop reading my post now.

Another popular ride if you like twisties is the Sandia Crest road, that is down towards Albuquerque though. If you were going to ride that, and you both are comfortable on some dirt, I'd recommend taking the route through Placitas up to the Crest (incredible view once there too) and then take the paved twisties back down the mountain.

Certainly the other rides mentioned already are obviously closer to your stated location, and also I'd say more beautiful as well. But if you are looking for more to do and you don't mind coming south some more it is certainly a great ride!

If you are interested in more details let me know. Like I said I might just be wasting your time and mine by writing this if you won't be coming that far south. Oh well!
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+1 on the enchanted circle ride. I just got back from a 1700 mile ride. Stayed in Eagle Nest, Angel Fire and Taos. It's beautiful, but the wind was crazy bad on "open" roads. Mountains climbs were not as bad.

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. . . the wind was crazy bad on "open" roads.

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One of my friends says "Spring-time in New Mexico is when you get to see Arizona blow into Texas."

I think it is very true!!
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