Rim Trail One Way
The Rim Trail near Cloudcroft, New Mexico is one of the best-known mountain bike routes in the state. Most everyone rides this trail to the south, starting at the trailhead nearest Cloudcroft. The trail is 14 miles of mostly amazing (and sometimes brutally rough) singletrack to Atkinson Field. Along the way you’ll have great views of White Sands National Monument and the Tularosa Basin – 10+ miles away and 5,000 feet below.
On the trail follow the signs for trail number 105. The trail crosses numerous roads and a few trails along the way. From the trail you can turn left on the first four of these roads (636, 634, 63 and 64D) to shorten the ride and go back to Sunspot Highway. Go left on the highway and you’ll have a mostly downhill ride back to your starting point. Turning out on any one of these roads is what most people do.
If you go the entire way, after 14 miles on the trail you will come to Atkinson Field (you’ll know the spot because it’s where you’ll see your fourth big Rim Trail sign, and signs for trails 110 and 111. Instead of staying on the Rim Trail at this point, turn left and go across Atkinson Field (there’s a sign that says “Illegal Trail”, but it’s for motorized vehicles. When you cross the field, you’ll come to Forest Road 640. Go down 640 one mile and you’ll be at Sunspot Highway between mile posts 8 and 9.
- 14.00 miles of Singletrack
- 2350 feet
How to get there:
From Cloudcroft, go south on NM Highway 130. After two miles, turn right (south) on the Sunspot Highway (NM 6563). Go one-half mile and look for the Rim Trail trailhead on the right.