New Mexico Motorcycle Roads and Trips

The continental divide runs from north to south down the center of The Land of Enchantment. The best motorcycle rides in northern New Mexico (NM) will usually involve exploring the southern stretches of the Rocky Mountains with it's alpine mountain scenery. Additionally, great motorcycle roads are found along the state's western boarder with Arizona where they will find stretches of green mountain ranges. However most of the rest of the state is made up of arid, rocky, canyon rich and sun baked scenery. Some of the most popular stops for motorcycle riders are the Billy the Kid Museum, the Carlsbad Caverns, and the town of Santa Fe, NM.




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July 6, 2014
Lush Forest at the beginning of the ride with a road that will snake you through a dappled sunlight forest (best before...
Some areas of new pavement or fairly new chip seal that has been driven on and swept so that there is no...
Starting in Taos, take 585 East to meet up woth 64 if you are in the South side of Taos or just...
June 19, 2014
This is a section of the old Route 66 and goes past the tram, Sandia Casino, Shady Lakes and follows the back...
Lots of flat straight road, some curves. Nice scenic ride
Starting at the corner of Central and Tramway in Albuquerque, Follow Tramway North past Sandia Casino to join Highway 313 (old Route...
June 9, 2014
Rivers, mountains, fields, just a beautiful ride. Taos Canyon has plenty of twisties but a fair amount of traffic.
I haven't ridden this in awhile and can't comment on the road condition. But as far as the turns go, it has...
Head east on US 64 from Taos to Angel Fire NM. When you get to Angel Fire, turn right on Route 434...
April 27, 2013
Farmlands plus pecan groves even a cotton field thrown in and horse ranches along with Llamas, vineyards, 3 wineries along the way...
Flat with easy gentle curves thrown in, road condition is average smooth; traffic is light during the week, not sure about the...
Sunland Park, NM. route 273 McNutt Rd. north to 28 "Don Juan De Onate Trail" to La Mesilla historic old town.
May 13, 2012
This is a beutifule route with great scenery and twisting roads. High altitude. Not much traffic.
Good road quality. Lots of twists. No gas stations. Beautiful scenery.
Take Route 48 east-southeast out of Ruidoso to US 70. Go southwest (right) on US 70 then take a left on to...
May 23, 2011
Climb out of the alpine meadows of Apline, AZ and travel through nearly all of the habitat zones available in New Mexico....
Frost heaves took their toll on the early portion of the road in New Mexico. Watch out for areas where the asphalt...
This route begins in extreme eastern Arizona in a little town called Alpine, AZ at the intersection of US 191 (Coronado Scenic...
May 19, 2011
Average to fair scenery quality. Mountains to your 12 on the beginning of the journey, they draw closer on your 10 and...
Some potholes along edge of road, otherwise a very nice ride. Nice elevation changes but nothing too serious. Wish I would have...
Navigate to HWY 246 in ROSWELL, head west on 246 to CAPITAN. Once you reach hwy 246 you can't get lost.
May 15, 2011
None better, especially in the fall. Rocky Mountains, National Forests, and high desert. Route can be shorted or modified for any length...
Excellent in some places, a bit poor in others. Minor construction delays but worth it knowing the improvements are being made. Stretch...
Start Albuquerque, NM. I-25 North to Bernalillo, exit 242 Highway 550. Highway 550 west to San Ysidro, NM Hwy 4. NM Hwy...
August 1, 2008
This is a Beautiful ride through Lincoln National Forest. There are lots of farms/ranches in the valley to Cloudcroft. After Cloudcroft you...
This road has excellent twists, especially south of Cloudcroft, and has plenty of ups and downs, as you would expect from being...
Start at the intersection of NM route 244 and US Highway 70 (just southwest of Ruidoso and northwest of Mescalero). From here...
June 1, 2007
A nice ride through remote a maintain landscape with ranches, meadows, with more elk than people! Temperatures range from 32 degrees to...
The road is in good shape. It is a mountain road so expect some twists and turns but for the most part...
This route is very easy to find and follow. Just start out in Socorro, NM and take US 60 west all the...
December 1, 2006
You'll be driving through the Gila National Forest which has truly incredible scenery that includes high alpine mountain settings including lush...
The roads are well kept and some of the roads that cover the mountain sections have great twists and turns as well...
Start in Silver City, NM and take 152 east toward the huge Chino mine. In the town of San Lorenzo, you'll find...
November 1, 2006
Great high desert scenery. Mountains on your right and canyons on your left! Travel through and next to Cibola National Forest. Quaint...
Good pavement, "foot peg scrapping curves," and plenty of places to catch the shoulder and take in the scenery. ...
Start your route in Cedar Crest, NM (about 20 miles due East of Albuquerque, NM). Initially you'll start on State Route 14...
August 1, 2006
The terrain frequently changes and the views are spectacular. There are several overlooks on the twisties and the gently sloping hills/curves provide...
The road has a good combination of twisties near White Rock, over the top of Bandelier National Monument, and south of the...
Start your route in the town of White Rock, NM. Take Rt 4 north out of town until you get to SR...
May 1, 2006
Heavily wooded along both sides. Occasional openings that oversee the eastern slope of this Mountain found on the Eastside of Albuquerque. Once...
This 13.6 mile stretch is loaded with hairpin turns as it climbs to the top of the Mountain. Short straights take you...
The starting point for this route is found about 5 miles north east of the town of Tijeras, NM (which is...
February 1, 2003
This road is great continuous hairpins with rapid elevation changes, great scenery, camping, lot's of trees. Almost no police officers. This road...
A solid 4-star rating because of all the twists, turns, and hairpins.
Just start in Silver City, NM and take NM 152 east all the way to Caballo, NM.
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