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    Bike touring New Mexico's Valles Caldera

    Hi everyone. Planning a trip to New Mexico in mid June to bikepack Valles Caldera which is near the Jemez Mountains. Looking to do a 4 day trip beginning in Los Almos and ending in Santa Domingo Pueblo. Was wondering what weather would look like during the early July month here. Also, has anyone attempted this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeeverywhereny View Post
    Hi everyone. Planning a trip to New Mexico in mid June to bikepack Valles Caldera which is near the Jemez Mountains. Looking to do a 4 day trip beginning in Los Almos and ending in Santa Domingo Pueblo. Was wondering what weather would look like during the early July month here. Also, has anyone attempted this?
    As note that the OP is not doing this on pavement, so I suggested he post here from a different forum. Planned route is shown here, any suggestions helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catmandoo View Post
    As note that the OP is not doing this on pavement, so I suggested he post here from a different forum. Planned route is shown here, any suggestions helpful.

    https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/...TopoRasterFeet
    Thanks @Catmandoo

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    You've probably seen this article, but here it is if not: Tales from Valles Caldera - BIKEPACKING.com

    June/July is before Monsoon season up here (good), but is also the hottest part of the year. Here in town I would expect highs in the high 80s or low 90s with low humidity. Last year we had some closures due to high fire danger that would have affected this route, but we have had a wet winter this year so odds of that are lower.

    I have not bike packed in the Jemez, but you will find some folks who have 1st hand experience if you ask on our MTB club facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/324381267574059/
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    I've not bikepacked the caldera but have taken some long day rides. It would be hard to get lost there as there are old ranch/logging roads everywhere that are interconnected, and the most basic map will get you where you need to go. Water will be everywhere this year, so just bring a filter and you'll be good to go once you get into the caldera. Early July weather could still be hot and sunny but could be morphing into monsoon season, which means sunny and warm mornings, clouds building around lunch time, and thunderstorms and perhaps downpours in the afternoon and into the evening. One thing: you can't camp inside the actual Preserve, so plan it out so you can explore the caldera during the day but set up camp in the National Forest just outside the Preserve border.
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