The fifth-largest and sixth-least densely populated state in the US, New Mexico has the natural and cultural beauty that will always leave you wanting to discover more. I’ve personally been taking motorcycle trips to New Mexico for years and feel as though I’ve only begun to experience what this state has to offer! The intense, twisting mountain roads of the Santa Fe National Forest (which in my opinion are some of the best motorcycle roads in the west) the eerie and desolate beauty of White Sands National Monument, the charms of the old towns scattered throughout the deserts and mountains - all of these things are part of what makes the “Land of Enchantment” live up to its name! The remote wilderness of New Mexico is home to some of the darkest night skies in the United States, making the state one of the top ten places in the world for stargazing. Whether you’re into carving up technical mountain roads or cruising and camping throughout the desert, New Mexico has a great motorcycle route that will make you fall in love with the state.
Containing over 120,000 square miles of land, New Mexico contains many regions and subregions that you should consider when planning a motorcycle ride or trip in the state. Researching areas that are new to you can be a time consuming task that leaves you questioning whether your ride is going to be one to remember or one to forget. Let us do the heavy lifting! The REVER App is free to use and makes planning your next ride as simple as browsing routes in your intended area and choosing what looks best to you. Then just gas up and go! Create new routes, log your rides and share with friends all within the app. Want even more planning and tracking tools at your disposal? Upgrade to REVER Pro for features like turn-by-turn + voice navigation, 3D animated route exploration, weather radar + alerts, and much more. Check out everything that REVER and REVER Pro can offer you when it comes to planning and logging your next ride or trip.
The American Southwest is a notoriously rugged land. When exploring New Mexico and enjoying it’s top motorcycle routes (and especially if riding/camping in remote areas), preparedness counts! During the summer, try to limit your riding to the higher-elevation areas of the state or at least limit your riding to the morning and evening hours. Eliminate the risk of dehydration by increasing your water intake days ahead of your ride, and of course by carrying plenty of water with you (If you’re not equipped to do so, check out some of these hydration systems that can get the job done with ease). There are many routes in the state that will take you through several different climate zones in remarkably short periods of time, so be prepared for rapid changes in temperature and weather by utilizing a gear setup that can easily adapt to changing conditions - This means utilizing layering and keeping some rain gear handy! During the winter, desert regions should be ideal for long, comfortable days in the saddle, but keep in mind that it can get very cold in the desert! Always strive to be over-prepared for extreme temperatures at either end of the spectrum. I can tell you from experience that it’s easier to pull over on a 45-degree day and remove a base layer that’s making you too warm, than it is to ride for hours on end shivering like mad while wishing you had brought just one more layer!
New Mexico is just as known for its beautiful and remote wilderness as it is for its rich culture and arts. This gives true meaning to the idea of “choose your own adventure”. Some of the state’s top cultural and historical attractions include Petroglyph National Monument, which contains roughly 20,000 petroglyphs carved into rock faces by indigenous peoples over the course of thousands of years; Chaco Culture National Historical Park, an incredible complex of Pueblos built by Ancestral Puebloan Peoples beginning over 1,000 years ago (and also one of the top stargazing spots in North America); and the famous Taos Pueblo, which has also stood for over 1,000 years. When it comes to New Mexico’s natural attractions, there is just so much to experience. White Sands National Monument is certainly a can’t-miss destination, where a sea of bright white gypsum crystals stretches for miles to a backdrop of dark mountains. Carlsbad Caverns is another one of New Mexico’s other-worldly gems. Made up of well over 100 caves ranging in size and structure, these limestone caverns are certainly a place worth exploring. There are also a great deal of things to experience in the vibrant cities of New Mexico - Museums, art galleries, historic buildings and some of the best cuisine in the country are all things that will surely enrich your next motorcycle ride in the Land of Enchantment.
Heading due east out of Taos on the 64 toward Angel Fire then south along the 434 to Guadalupita then Mora and back up the 442 to Ocate. Then on the 120 to the 25 back north eventually heading from Cimarron to Eagle Nest and back into Taos.
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This route heads out of Mountainair north on the 337, onto 536 up to Sandia Crest.
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This route heads straight north out of Pecos to Round Mountain in the Santa Fe National Forest.
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This route heads northeast out of Santa Fe on 475 into Santa Fe National Forest up a fantastic road to the Aspen Basin Campground under Lake Peak.
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This loop heads out of Silver City towards the west on 180 then north before heading into Gila National Forest on dirt. It then heads south on FR150. One of the highlights is the beautiful pave Highway 35 before heading back into Silver City.
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