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RunsWithScissors

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Spent yesterday testing a new hub prototype in Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos, NM and thought some folks might enjoy the pics.  

Valles Caldera has got to be one of the least known treasures in gravel riding.  Mile upon mile of gravel roads located inside the crater of an extinct supervolcano at an elevation of around 8000 ft.  Cars and trucks ARE allowed on the gravel roads in a lot of the preserve, but there are very few of them, and quite frankly, a fast rider will be moving faster than they do. 

I feel so lucky to have this kind of terrain right in my back yard!  Yesterday I took off from my back door and put on 60 miles of mixed gravel and pavement without having to put a bike in a car or a truck.  Life doesn't get much better than that.  If you live within a day's drive of northern New Mexico you really should come check this place out!
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Wow. Looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for sharing....will have to check this out....up in Taos.


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Yeah Laeljon, if you're up in Taos you should DEFINITELY check out the Caldera.  It's just a hop skip and a jump away.  The usage rules are still a little fuzzy around bikes, so you can pretty much just find a safe place to park and hop the fence with your bike.  No entrance fee or permit needed.  As long as you aren't doing something stupid like building fires or running from the law enforcement rangers when they wanna talk to you everything's cool and nobody will get upset.  As a courtesy you might wanna park away from the main elk viewing area, but I say that only to discourage that from becoming a parking lot for cyclists and pissing off the NPS.  I don't think it's technically illegal, but why make waves?

Anyway.... c'mon down and have a look!  If you wanna come down in about a month when all the snow is out of the shady areas I'll show you my "secret" back entrance to the Caldera from Canada Bonita.  A little rough for a gravel bike, but a lot of fun!

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