I am planning a week+ long bikepacking trip NM and curious about route conditions this time of year. I would like to follow the route of the ACA "New Mexico Enchanted Lands" September tour, but would be doing this in late April/Early May...obviously concerned about snow/weather conditions along the higher portions of the route. The route starts in Albuquerque, to Santa Fe (along old Route 66), the to Taos (along the High route thru Pojoaque Pueblo, Chimayo, Truchas, Penasco), then to Eagle Nest (through Questa and east along Red River crossing Bobcat Pass), then to OJo Caliente (summitting Palo Fletchada Pass along the way), finally returning to Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Looks like there are at least two high passes to conquer, so wanting to be sure they would be clear, or find an alternate route. Any thoughts appreciated!
New Mexico is beautiful in the late Springtime. But we are in for a hot summer so beware the temperatures may be high when you begin your trek. As usual, though, our heat is a dry heat and very tolerable. A standing saying here is: "It isn't nice until it is 100." And by now the March winds (which are seasonal) have died down to a tolerable amount. You won't encounter too many days with high winds as we move into Summer. Good luck and enjoy the ride. We are the Land of Enchantment for a reason. --John Demirjian, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Thanks for your reply, John. Im sure it will be a great time to go to NM, but I was specifically concerned about the two high passes we need to cross- Bobcat Pass and Fletchada...I want to be sure they are open at this time of year and cross able with a bike. I know the weather could be much different at altitude...any thoughts appreciated!
You shouldn't experience any weird weather. It is beautiful right now in New Mexico. Slight wind, even a slight rain this morning which was a great surprise. But you're in for a good ride. The only downside is that it will get hot, but a bandana around your neck soaked with water periodically, sun screen & sunglasses, and a hat of some sorts and you will be fine. Good luck and look us up if you get to Las Cruces. --John Demirjian.