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    Best route from Albuquerque to Durango

    I am thinking about riding from Albuquerque to Durango by bicycle a few days before the IHBC (Iron Horse Bicycle Classic) mountain bike race... I was wondering if there is anyone out there that has taken that trip before, also if they can tell me a good route to take that has a mix of dirt road, single track and pavement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridefast84 View Post
    That would be epic... would love to do it someday.

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    On a serious note i am not aware of a route to Durango besides us500. You might be able to some of the cdt as it passes near Pagosa and thats pretty close to Durango.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridefast84 View Post
    I saw the whole movie the other day. All I can say is brutal. Awesome but brutal. You have to be one tough #x#x#x to just finish that race.
    Sent on my Droid while hitting that $h!t

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    Off-roading would be tough being that you have to go through a few different tribes. You dont want to get caught on their land without permission, especially areas they consider sacred. So I suggest the following which is what I have done.

    Map your ride and then check with the tribes ahead of time to get permission. I have had good luck just by going to the tribal police office, showing them a map of my proposed route, and getting a verbal blessing from the tribal ranger who are usually cool with it. They will also be able to tell you what dates outsiders are not allowed at all, which happens a few time a year. If you find they are unsure of your intentions, I have offered to fill a couple bags with trash along the way as a form of "repayment" for letting me cross their land. That took all of 5 minutes to fill those bags. There are beer cans/bottles/boxes every where.

    It's nice to ride where most others don't, riding the same trails over and over and over loses its novelty after a while.

    Good Luck.
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    Good advice on the Tribal Land traversing. Its always best to check as I know folks who have been escorted off. I just did a quick google maps directions search for biking ABQ to Durango and it looks like a little north of Cuba you can jump on BIA roads and then some county roads (all of which look to be unpaved) all the way to Blanco NM which is just east of Bloomfield. At that point you may need to jump back on to 550 to head into Durango.

    Getting to Cuba may be a challenge. You may also try posting this in the mtbr bikepacking forum as some of those folks may be more familiar with the Durango area or anywhere between here and there and can provide better details. It looks to be a little over 200 miles for the route I saw, so its gonna take a little while…

    Be sure to take photos and post a report. Sounds like a great journey!

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    did this trip a year ago on the mtb. rode Encino road/pipeline road north out of Rio Rancho, past 279. Followed the great divide route where it intersects, and rode into Cuba. From Cuba, rode north on 550(long highway stretch but has great shoulder) to Counselors, then turned to the north on Co road 379/State Hwy 403, intersecting with Co rd 7007 into Bloomfield. From Bloomfield headed over towards Navajo Resevoir, mix of dirt roads and small paved road roads to Bayfield. then North and West into durango. Would avoid riding 550 south of durango at all costs. Sorry I don't have the Gpx tracks anymore. I just spent some time on Google maps figuring out a route that avoided some of the reservations and bad highways. really nice, safe route except for the short stretch north of bayfield. about 80+ miles a day. stayed in Cuba and Bloomfield so I wouldn't have to carry camping equipment. However, had to carry lots of water the first day to make it to Cuba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmbriggs View Post
    did this trip a year ago on the mtb. rode Encino road/pipeline road north out of Rio Rancho, past 279. Followed the great divide route where it intersects, and rode into Cuba. From Cuba, rode north on 550(long highway stretch but has great shoulder) to Counselors, then turned to the north on Co road 379/State Hwy 403, intersecting with Co rd 7007 into Bloomfield. From Bloomfield headed over towards Navajo Resevoir, mix of dirt roads and small paved road roads to Bayfield. then North and West into durango. Would avoid riding 550 south of durango at all costs. Sorry I don't have the Gpx tracks anymore. I just spent some time on Google maps figuring out a route that avoided some of the reservations and bad highways. really nice, safe route except for the short stretch north of bayfield. about 80+ miles a day. stayed in Cuba and Bloomfield so I wouldn't have to carry camping equipment. However, had to carry lots of water the first day to make it to Cuba.
    That sounds awesome! At 80 miles a day how many days were you on the bike for?

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    Yeah. 80 miles a day is moving at a good pace for sure. Very cool.
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