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Albuquerque New Mexico Loop to Santa Fe

Distance: 332.8 Km / 207.3 Mi Duration: 04:30:44

This loop ride north of Albuquerque, with its rugged natural beauty, pre-historic 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 ride-able virtually year-round with the appropriate gear.

Valles Caldera is a huge volcanic depression on top of a mountain north of Albuquerque

Valles Caldera is a huge volcanic depression on top of a mountain north of Albuquerque

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.

Scenic Highway 4 in New Mexico - Motorcycle Roads

Scenic Highway 4 in New Mexico - Motorcycle Roads

Photo via alixbleus

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.

Points of Interest

  • Jemez historic site, near Jemez Springs contains stone ruins of both a 500-year-old Native American village and the San José de los Jemez church.
  • Jemez Falls on Highway 4 
is a 70-foot water fall on the Jemez River a short hike from 
the well-marked trailhead.
Jemez Falls is a 70-foot water fall on the Jemez River is just a short motorcycle ride outside Albuquerque

Jemez Falls is a 70-foot water fall on the Jemez River is just a short motorcycle ride outside Albuquerque

  • Valles Caldera National Preserve on Highway 4
 is a must see, 13-mile-wide volcanic caldera.
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory at the Bradbury Science Museum is your window into the world-changing WW2 era Manhattan Atomic Bomb Project.
Black Hole Way to the Manhattan Atomic Bomb Project in Los Alamos National Laboratory

Black Hole Way to the Manhattan Atomic Bomb Project in Los Alamos National Laboratory

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