Derek and I aren’t sure how we originally found out about Ruidoso, New Mexico but here we are. The village is in the Sierra Blanca mountain range and sits at 6920’. The town is named after Rio Ruidoso, a small stream nearby that means noisy river. Our boondocking spot is solitary and quiet, although today I did see a car drive by.
Our first ride was at the Cedar Creek Trail System which is right in town. We rode almost everything there and did 15 miles with 1870’ of climbing. The trails are well planned out to take advantage of the mountains. Most of them switchback around with long traverses and flow well. With the exception of the Cedar Creek Downhill Trail which is black diamond with all kinds of jumps, berms, whoops, and drops, most of the trails are beginner and intermediate. The Cedar Creek Downhill was a blast!!!
The trails on the south side of the Fuel Road like Upper and Lower Geriatrics Trails were especially fun. The loop on this side was steeper and a bit more rugged. We happily pedaled around in an incredibly green forest and soaked up the good times.