Golden Open Space – Bike Trails & Arroyos

Golden Open Space – Bike Trails & Arroyos Hike
In Golden Region

Map File Source: Garmin BaseCamp

map Hike Key: H10674
Last Updated: 02/16/2021 12:00am
Last Updated By: Marilyn Fixer
Hike Class: C (Challenging)
Hike Distance: 6.5 mi
Minimum Elevation: 6060 ft
Elevation Change: 320 ft
Total Uphill: 560 ft
Total Downhill: 560 ft
Avg. Grade: 4 %
Route Type: Messy
On Trail: No
Paved or Gravel Roads: No
GPS Advised: Yes
Drive Distance Round Trip: 70 mi
Drive Time One-Way: 1:15
Hiking Seasons: Spring and Fall
New Mexico Game Unit: 8
Hike Status: In Process
Access Description: Golden Open Space Access


A variation that includes (1) all of the Mesa Bike Trail, (2) all of the main arroyo, and (3) all of the side Arroyo Seco. Colorful rocks and great views.


Hiking off-trail in the arroyos with some walking on rocks. Bring your hiking poles.

Trailhead Directions

From Albuquerque, take I-40 to North 14. In Cedar Crest just after the school on the left, turn left onto LA MADERA Road (the road to East Mountain High School). Stay on the windy but paved road until it turns to dirt at a cattleguard in less than 8 miles. It is about a mile from this point to PARK (0.0 mi). Even though the road has curves, most of it is paved.

If there are any concerns about the last part of the access road, park at ALT-PARK and walk about 0.7 mi to PARK (or go under the fence).

Actual Hike Comments

Elevated to C based on the parts that involve walking on rocks.

Map Filename: GoldenBikeTrails&ArroyosMap1.jpg
Hike GPS File Name: GoldenBikeTrails&Arroyos.gpx
Hike GPS File: Click link to download hike waytrack file

Text Author: Marilyn Warrant
Map Author: Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author: Marilyn Warrant
Track Author: Marilyn Warrant
Maintainer: Marilyn Warrant
Editor: Howard Carr