A fast and fun ride for almost everyone. The trail connects short steep climbs and descents with rolling hills. The down side? This area is one of the most popular weekend destinations in the area for cyclists, 4WDs, and ATVs. The trails get wider every season. If you're looking for a scenic desert ride or hike along a quiet trail, seek elsewhere.
A trail for everyone. Newbies will find it fun and challenging. Veterans can see how fast they can ride it without dabbing.
How to get there
Take Tanque Verde Road east of town where it turns into Redington Road. Entrance 1 parking (the main trail access area) is 4.5 miles after the paved road ends and the dirt road starts. There's a corral on the left and a cleared area on the right. Unless you're early there will already be a bunch of cars parked there.
Start early to avoid traffic on the trail. The Chiva Falls section of the trail is probably the busiest around. It's also very popular with 4WD and quad enthusiasts. You'll find the vehicles noisy but the riders friendly and helpful. More than once we've been offered food, water, and a ride.
Watch out for hikers and yield the trail, smile, and wave. They're not common but that's all the more reason to watch for them.
Trail maps are not complete. 4WDs are adding trails even as we speak so not all of them are mapped. The important intersections still had trail markers last time I looked.