This section of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route leads from Salida, Colorado, to the Conejos River outpost of Platoro, then onward into New Mexico, the aptly nicknamed “Land of Enchantment.” Here it traverses the remote, high-elevation Tusas Mountains before passing through three New Mexico villages straight out of Old Mexico: Cañon Plaza, Vallecitos, and El Rito. South of Abiquiu, a tough, 25-mile climb up Polvadera Mesa leads into the heavily forested Jemez Mountains, where elk and black bear are common residents. South of the town of Cuba the route winds through the carved maze of eroded terrain that separates Mesa Chivato and Chaco Mesa. From there it traverses the northwest flank of the San Mateo Mountains before dropping into the sprawling community of Grants.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), Adventure Cycling cartographers updated and redesigned the maps including bi-directional narratives. They are now available. If you purchased any GDMBR maps since October 4, 2017, you are eligible to purchase the new map sections for ½ price through July 31, 2018. Be sure you are logged in to your Adventure Cycling account. This will allow you to see which sections you are eligible to purchase at that price.
It was really well done and provided enough landmarks and points of interest that we rarely questioned the route. The section marked for 4 wheel drive was not kidding. That was stunningly rough. Fun on the bike but the back up vehicle really got a work out.
Amazing detail though and it allowed me to see a part of the state I would have never ventured into otherwise. Thanks for that. Well worth the money.