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New Mexico Bike Tour

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Norte de Nuevo México Bike Tour: Highlights

Our Norte de Nuevo México (Northern New Mexico) bike tour is designed for cyclists who seek the Land of Enchantment’s best climbs, enjoy bike-friendly routes, savor Chile Verde, appreciate great lodging, and relish luxurious hot springs. This is one of our newest and quickly becoming one of our best trips.

Lizard Head Cycling’s owner, John Humphries, lived in Norte de Nuevo México for a decade. As a result this tour reflects his favorite roads, hot springs, lodging and restaurants in Nuevo México! Please join us for highly enjoyable local’s tour, it is guaranteed to please.

Click Here to Read A Journal by a Guest on This Tour

7-Day and 4-Day New Mexico Bike Tour Options

Lizard Head Cycling Guides offers both a 7-Day and 4-Day version of our New Mexico Bike Tour. Both tour options visit all the fantastic locations. Click here for the New Mexico Bike Tour 4-Day itinerary.

A Carefully Crafted “Locals” New Mexico Bike Tour!

Norte de Nuevo México Bike Tour: Testimonials

Read what previous guests on our Northern New Mexico Bike Tour have been saying…

Heather and I very much enjoyed our New Mexico Tour with you guys. Your guides did a fabulous job of accommodating the most diverse group possible. The food was great, the lodging good… really everything was excellent. – Jennifer

Leslie and Dave were fixated on making their guests comfortable. It’s the first supported trip I attended that the meals were in concert with fitness goals. That is, for the most part natural and or organic lunches were in line with my preferred meal habits. Lizard Head Cycling Guides communicated agenda – route – meeting locations – resources available quite well. The route was well chosen and researched to give a great feel for the geography. – Ed N

The trip was fabulous and unforgettable, thank you for all you did to make it so enjoyable for us all. Really, the riding was secondary to the amazing camaraderie of the group, for that we were most fortunate to have such a fun group of friends, old and new, and for your guidance and care in our journey of souls. I will look forward to our next adventure! – Norris

Norte de Nuevo México Bike Tour: Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below and not all tour dates will run. Lock in your preferred tour date early as unopened tour dates will be closed. Please see the Spring/Autumn Tour Calendar and the Summer Tour Calendar for confirmed departures. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week (9 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891

NOTE: Any of the New Mexico tour dates can be opened as either a 4-Day or a 7-Day tour. Whoever opens the tour first determines if it is either a 4-Day or a 7-Day version.

NOTE: Whichever dates OPEN first will be the dates we funnel riders to until rider minimum met.

2021 Tour Dates

  • October 3 to 9, 2021 (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO! Both 4-Day and 7-Day versions
  • October 10 to 16, 2021 (Book Now!)

Norte de Nuevo México Bike Tour: Overview

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7-Day Tour Length: 7-Days Cycling/7-Nights Lodging

4-Day Tour Length: 4-Days Cycling/4-Nights Lodging

Starting Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico (Albuquerque International Sunport – ABQ)

Ending Town: Santa Fe, New Mexico (guests shuttle to Albuquerque International Sunport – ABQ)

Total Miles: 150 up to 315 mileage options. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Daily Mileage Range: 29-77

Ability Levels: Intermediate (2/3) , Upper Intermediate (3) , Advanced (3/4) – (Easily accommodates all levels)
A combination of intermediate to advanced rides and a couple sublime hikes (5 to 10 miles) make up this tour. Lower mileage and hiking options exist each day. Two vehicles support this tour and it is fully customizable. Don’t Worry!

Group Size: 6 to 15 riders

7-Day Tour Cost: $2,895 per person.
NOTE: The 7th night of lodging is included, but if you need to leave early on day 7, night 7 can be removed from your tour package (subtract $150- per person).
* Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

4-Day Tour Cost: $1,790 per person. * Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Non-Riding Spouses & Partners on Tour: If a non-riding spouse or partner would like to join you on tour and they have their own transportation, they can stay in your room for the cost of the tour's single room supplement. Non-Riding spouses and partners can join a tour's meal plan of three meals a day for $85 per day.

Early Bird 2021 Special: Sign-up for a 2021 tour by October 31, 2020 and receive a $150 discount! (NOTE: New reservations only. Not stackable with other discounts)

Single Room Supplement:
*For the 7-Day tour add $585- total for a private room that includes 6-nights. If cyclist is willing to share a room with a same sex cyclist and there are none available, then add $325-.
* For the 4-Day tour add $395- for a private room that include 4-nights. If cyclist is willing to share a room with a same sex cyclist and there are none available, then add $200-.

Bike Rental

In 2020 Lizard Head Cycling is renting a fleet of Scott Addict 10 carbon road bikes for only $250/week. The Scott Addict offer full carbon frames, Shimano Ultegra components, 34x32 low gearing, 32mm tires, and disc brakes. Altogether, the Scott Addict provides a smooth and comfortable ride for our guests. Rental bikes include pump, tools, and spare tubes.

NOTE: Bike rental can be limited so please reserve in advance.

For more information, please email or call 970.728.5891

Take your bike home! Click here for more information.

Read a Review on the SCOTT Addict 10

Electric Bike Rental (E-Bikes): We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value. Pedal bikes only, E-Bikes excluded).

Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.

Read more on our Road Bike Rental FAQs page.

7-Day Tour Includes: 7-days in length with 7-nights of lodging, all meals (aside from one dinner & one breakfast), guide service, park entrance fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, in-tour shuttles and mechanical support. A bike rental discount of ($150-) is now available for this tour.

NOTE: The 7th night of lodging is included, but if you need to leave early on day 7, night 7 can be removed from your tour package (subtract $150- per person).

4-Day Tour Includes: 4-days in length with 4-nights of lodging, 3-dinners, 4-lunches, 3-breakfasts, guide service, park entrance fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, in-tour shuttles and mechanical support.

*Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

7-Day Tour Lodging w/7 Nights Lodging: (subject to change)

4-Day Tour Lodging for 4 Nights: (subject to change)

Click here for the New Mexico Bike Tour 4-Day itinerary.

7-Day Tour Overall Route Map

Ability Level: Can I Ride This Tour?

Definition of Ability Levels
= Intermediate (2/3) Rides and/or takes spin classes 1 to 3 times a week for a total of 50 or more miles.
= Upper Intermediate (3) Rides and/or takes spin classes 2 to 4 times a week for a total of 75 or more miles.
= Advanced (3/4) Rides and/or takes spin classes 3 to 5 times a week for a total of 100 or more miles. Has ridden multi-day tours and done a century ride.
= Expert (4) Rides 4 or more times per week totaling 150 or more miles. Rides E.F.I. with regularity. Has done numerous multi-day tours, century rides and races.

How Fit do I Have to Be?
If one month prior to the tour, you can ride 2 to 3 times a week equalling a total of 75 or more miles a week, you'll do just fine. We like to jokingly say that "one is ready for a Lizard Head Cycling Tour when they are finished with tour" and this is true! The only way to simulate a week long bike tour is to go on a week long tour.

Our average rider age is 55 years. These are bike tours, not races so we take our time to stop, take pictures and see the sights. We have all day to reach our destination and most riders take "bumps" at some points. We offer reduced mileage options for each day. Of course if someone wants to ride E.F.I. (Every Freaking Inch), we love to show them all the extra climbs, loops and hidden canyons that can be included!

Do the Bump!
Daily mileage options allow cyclists of varying abilities to enjoy this tour. One of our favorite options is to give cyclists a "bump" via the support vehicle, or a 10 to 20 mile lift down the road representing an hour of pedal time. After the bump the rider is "off the front" and riding at his or her own pace without feeling they are being left behind the group. They'll then have time to linger and take in the spectacular scenery. All cyclists come together in time for lunch. Afterwards, cyclists can take another bump and/or continue riding.

Seamless Mileage Options
Lizard Head Cycling Guides designs multiple mileage options for each tour – something we're well known for in our business. This technique is similar to heliskiing in that one does not ski everything, they ski the best. :-)

Slow or Fast?
Many cyclists who sign up for our tours have worried themselves silly about not being able to keep up, but then they're surprised to find that all the worrying was about nothing. They do just fine! Slow and Fast only exist relative to other cyclists. Speed does not matter as long as one is moving on the bike. As long as one is moving, they are truly going fast enough.

If you have questions about your ability to ride this tour, please contact our office via email or call us at 970.728.5891 - we'll more than happy to guide you!

Please also see this blog post for more information.

Norte de Nuevo México Bike Tour: Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Click here for the New Mexico Bike Tour 4-Day itinerary.

Day 0 (Saturday): Arrival in Albuquerque, NM

Guests either drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico, or fly into Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) on the day prior to the tour start and take a shuttle to the Courtyard Albuquerque Airport, the designated meeting hotel.

NOTE: Guests are on-their-own for accommodations this evening either at the Courtyard Albuquerque Airport, or at other nearby hotels. The Courtyard Albuquerque Airport offers a complimentary airport shuttle from Albuquerque International Sunport. Guests are also on-their-own for dinner this evening.

Day 1: Gallina to Ghost Ranch
Standard: 37 miles with up to 2,120 feet of climbing. E.F.I.: 52 miles

We meet early this morning at the Courtyard Albuquerque Airport to discuss the upcoming week, greet fellow riders, load gear and get the bikes ready for the upcoming week. We then shuttle about two hours north into the western edge of the San Pedro Mountains and start our ride from the tiny town of Gallina, New Mexico. As we head east we soon find ourselves in gorgeous redrock country – the very terrain which helped inspire the artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe whom lived in nearby Abiquiu, New Mexico. As we near the end of our ride we navigate around Abiquiu Reservoir and then end the day at Ghost Ranch, our accommodations for the night.


Elevation Profile: +2120 ft / -3235 ft

Elevation Profile: +2120 ft / -3235 ft

Day 2: Ghost Ranch to Ojo Caliente
Standard: 43 miles with up to 2,450 feet of climbing. E.F.I.: 65 miles

Today the ride starts from Ghost Ranch through the town of Abiquiu and north into Carson National Forest to the exclusive Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa.

Steeped in myth and legend, these ancient springs have been a gathering place and source of healing for thousands of years. Ancient peoples, the ancestors of today’s Native American Tewa tribes, built large pueblos and terraced gardens overlooking the springs. Surrounding the springs are the ruins of the cities populated before the birth of history.


Elevation Profile: +2450 ft / -2550 ft

Elevation Profile: +2450 ft / -2550 ft

Day 3: Layover Day – Canon Plaza or Tres Piedras
Optional Ride #1: Canon Plaza – 43 miles with up to 2,450 feet of climbing
Optional Ride #2: Tres Piedras – 59 miles with up to 4,800 feet of climbing

With a layover day in Ojo Caliente, guests can continue their relaxation at the mineral springs, take a leisurely hike on the trails above the resort or go on an optional out and back ride to Canon Plaza. The 2nd optional ride is an E.F.I. mountain stage type ride. It is an out and back route from Tres Piedras, New Mexico that climbs as much as 4,800-feet in up to 59 round trip miles. The ride ends at one of our favorite green chile cheeseburger spots in the Land of Enchantment! NOTE: This 2nd optional ride is most of the day and means one does not have much time until the evening to soak at Ojo Caliente.


Elevation Profile: +2450 ft / -2450 ft

Canon Plaza – Elevation Profile: +2450 ft / -2450 ft

Tres Piedras – Elevation Profile: +4798 ft / -4802 ft

Day 4: Ojo Caliente to Taos
Standard: 42 miles with up to 2,400 feet of climbing. E.F.I.: 75 miles

After a relaxed morning at Ojo we’ll ride from the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs to Taos, New Mexico and stay at the El Monte Sagrado. Along the way we’ll cross the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Tonight we dine at the Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn. Taos is an artist’s destination of international acclaim and home to the Taos Pueblo Indians.


Elevation Profile: +2045 ft / -1300 ft

Elevation Profile: +2045 ft / -1300 ft

Day 5: The Enchanted Circle
Standard: 77 miles with up to 5,000 feet of climbing. E.F.I.: 107 miles

This is the showcase ride of New Mexico bike tour. The route follows a loop around the fabulous Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway back to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. This ride showcases the Sangre De Cristo Mountains offering cyclists big mountains views that display the topography of Norte de Nuevo and ends at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area with majestic views of the mysterious Rio Grande canyon.


Elevation Profile: +5010 ft / -4410 ft

Elevation Profile: +5010 ft / -4410 ft

Day 6: Taos to Chimayo
Standard: 49 miles with up to 4,050 feet of climbing. E.F.I.: 74 miles

Another highlight ride of the New Mexico tour! The riding starts in Taos taking the scenic High Road amongst the southernmost peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range through pine forests and cottonwood valleys. Today’s ride ends at a special place, the El Santuario de Chimayo, a historical church in the old village of Chimayo. At this location a tiny shrine that is built on the site of what many believe to be a miracle associated with the crucifix of “Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas” (Our Lord of Esquipulas). El Santuario de Chimayo is also the site of “el pocito” the small pit of Holy Dirt which many people attribute as possessing remarkable curative powers.

Tonight’s lodging is steps from the Santa Fe plaza in the quintessential New Mexican lodging of  Chimayo de Santa Fe. Tonight’s farewell dinner at Estevan’s is one of our favorite dining experiences.


Elevation Profile: +4045 ft / -4945 ft

Elevation Profile: +4045 ft / -4945 ft

Day 7: Post-Tour in Santa Fe

After our farewell dinner on Day 6, guests are on their own to explore Santa Fe today on Day 7. Lodging on Night 7 is included!  Since you are positioned only steps from Santa Fe’s historic plaza, art galleries, restaurants and music guests have the opportunity to enjoy a whole day in Santa Fe and then enjoy the 7th night of included lodging.

POST-TOUR (Day 8): The New Mexico Custom Bike after dinner on Day 6. After the 7th night of lodging guests arrange for their own transportation back to Albuquerque via the convenient scenic Railrunner train or on many regularly scheduled shuttle services. For more information regarding transportation to Albuquerque, please visit or

Norte de Nuevo México Bike Tour: Logistics & FAQs

Bike Shipping

Lizard Head Cycling recommends shipping with Bikes can be shipped either to our partner bike shop in each meeting town for professional assembly or directly to the meeting hotel for self-assembly. Bike boxes can generally be left at the meeting hotel during the tour. Bikes shipped across the continental US should be shipped 8 days prior to your tour.

Tour Support: A 15-passenger van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment supports Lizard Head Cycling’s tours. Cyclists keep a day bag that is accessible within the support vehicle.

The vehicle will sag and then pass riders to set up aid stations every 20 to 25 miles. This allows cyclists to linger at the back and then take a ten-mile, fifteen-mile or whatever mile “bump” forward to catch-up or get ahead of the group. Energy food, drink mixes, and fresh fruit are available throughout each stage.

The Daily Schedule: Cyclists ride their own pace. Lizard Head Cycling does its best to support riders in their varying desires and efforts. Cyclists can either use our tours to simply support their tour experience or to engage in a guided experience along the route.

Cue sheets with directions, profiles and locations of aid stations are given out for each day.

General Tour & Cancellation Policies

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all of our tour and cancellation policies, which can be found by clicking here.

Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through TripAssure. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below or Lizard Head Cycling Guides can also set-up a policy for its clients.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.
  • For information on Coronavirus, please click here.

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