This is the seventh installment in a new series where we highlight great can’t-miss routes around the world.
This loop ride north of Albuquerque, with its rugged natural beauty, prehistoric Native American ruins, and the “Atomic City,” will not disappoint. It features curvy ribbons of asphalt, expansive vistas, and numerous reasons to drop the kickstand. The moderate southwestern climate makes this route rideable virtually year round with the appropriate gear.
Length: Approximately 180 miles
Meet-up Spot: Starbucks, 6828 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM.
Lunch Stop: Viola’s Restaurant, 1360 Trinity Dr, Los Alamos, NM, (505) 662-5617.You’ve got to go with Mexican food in New Mexico, right? Viola’s is a family run place with traditional regional Mexican fare.
Scenery (5 out of 5): This route really has it all—from high-desert panoramas and red rocks to incredible alpine views.
Traffic (4 out of 5): Most of the route has relatively light traffic. Los Alamos can be a bit congested, and you’ll have to show ID near the government lab sites. If you wish to avoid Los Alamos, there is a southern bypass route.
Difficulty (3 out of 5): The loop is a mix of big sweeping curves and some hairpins. Be alert on Highway 4 for animals.
Road Conditions (4 out 5): Highway 4 is a well-paved, two-lane road. The last leg of the loop is freeway.
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