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The breathtaking beauty of the Jemez Mountains and Los Alamos has been, and continues to be, molded by the forces of nature. The remnants of volcanic activity, the Jemez Mountains are home to some of the most spectacular rides in the state, including the Apseñola trail that leads you to the summit of Pajarito Mountain, with an elevation of 10,440 feet.
Make sure you carefully plan and prepare for your cross-country mountain bike trip before you take off for your adventure.
Weather on the Jemez Mountains
The Jemez Mountains are subject to a wide range of climate conditions. Precipitation ranges from 20 inches (50 cm) in the lower area of the mountain to over 40 inches (100 cm) on the upper slopes. Temperatures fluctuate greatly from night to day.
Precautions should be taken to avoid being caught on exposed peaks and ridge tops during northern New Mexico’s regular summer thunderstorms. Plan ahead: watch approaching storms and get to a safe area before the storms hit. The safest places to be, if you do get caught in a storm, are forested areas away from ridge tops, ledges, rock outcroppings, or the tallest trees.
During hours of operation uphill riding is restricted to East Road, Aspeñola, and Aspen For Trouble.
Endangered species are located at Pajarito Mountain; therefore, riding is restricted to designated trails only.
Follow the golden rule of no-trace riding:
- Respect the land — do not cut switchbacks.
- Avoid wet trails if possible and avoid making new trails.
- Keep to the right of the trail — save the left for passing.
- Downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic, except during hours of operation.
- When in a group, do not block the trails; allow enough room for others.
- Enjoy your ride and please be safe!