Join adventure cycling guide Juan DelaRoca of Backshop Bicycle Travel Supply for a morning bike tour of one of the area’s best gravel rides.
Arroyos & Ditches
Distance: 22 Miles
Elevation: +636 Ft
Max Grade: 3.1%
Approximately: 70/30 Unpaved/Paved
As farmers moved north from New Mexico and implemented traditional irrigation systems, they began to construct a series of ditches. Pedaling along this route, you’ll see how this method of water distribution is still crucial to the agriculture and cattle operations in the Sunflower Valley. A mix of abandoned and working ranches lend a sense of heritage to this ride. Arroyos carved by water and time, seen along the way, add visual texture to a short sub 25-mile route that stars and ends in Trinidad.
***Tipping your guide is not required, but encouraged!***
Rules of the Road
-Wear a helmet when you ride.
-You will be riding on roads near and on ranch land. Keep an eye open for trucks and cows. If a cow is in the road, stop, take a photo.
-Do not expect cars or cows to stop for you.
-Ride with the flow of traffic and stay single file on sections of paved roads.
-Ride in control at all times. Proceed at a safe speed that permits you to react to unexpected circumstances.
-Do not ride on sidewalks
-Wave and be friendly to people you encounter on your ride.
Tips to be safe
-Your bike should be in top working order before you begin your ride.
-Free your mind, let your legs follow. Do all your thinking before you start your gravel ride. Once your cranks start to turn, go with the flow.
-Be able to fix a flat and broken chain on the roadside… if not ride with a friend who can do it for you.
-Remember sunscreen, bike gloves, multi-tool, and eye protection.
-Pack appropriate clothing for your gravel ride.
You will be riding in remote areas with little contact with other humans. You need to be self sufficient on your ride. Proper food and hydration to complete your ride in a fun and safe way is your responsibility. Please carry at least one liter of water and a 200+ calorie snack per each 20 miles of your gravel ride.