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Exploring Southwest New Mexico By Motorcycle

Grants New Mexico lava flows

Clint Milne
May 7, 2014

State Route 117, south of Grants, hugs the Jurassic sandstone cliff edge to the basin of lava flows. Some flows are visible in the dark area on the far right. (Photos by Clint Milne) Not caring for Interstate highways, I choose to ride the “blue highways” north and south of Interstate 40 from Grants,... Read more »

Riding The Santa Fe Trail: A Journey Back in Time From Missouri to New Mexico

Black Beauty, my Harley-Davidson steel horse, in the middle of the Santa Fe Trail (U.S. Route 350) heading for Trinidad, Colorado, 80 miles of arrow-straight history.

Bob Jacobs
April 2, 2013

In 1821, everything south of the Arkansas River was Mexico. Newly free from Spain, the Mexican government took new resources north to the provincial capital of Santa Fe and welcomed trade with America—we just had to get there. For centuries, Indian tribes like the Pawnee, Cheyenne and Comanche and... Read more »

Going Loopy for New Mexico: Motorcycle Travel Feature

Spectacular scenery along the gravel road to Ghost Ranch.

Bill Stermer
April 2, 2012

At an overlook near Cumbres Pass (elevation 10,022 feet) north of Chama, New Mexico, I parked the 2011 Victory Cross Country to take a break. Soon I was joined by a man in a cowboy hat who had climbed out of his pickup truck to stand on a granite outcropping and peer through binoculars. He explained... Read more »

New Mexico’s Little Las Vegas Favorite Ride

Tapetes de Lana, a cottage industry in Mora, New Mexico.

Laura Melvin
January 24, 2012

[This New Mexico’s Little Las Vegas Favorite Ride was originally published in the January 2012 issue of Rider magazine] The name Las Vegas is generally associated with glitzy gambling in Nevada and Sin City, the fastest-growing city in the United States. But there is another Las Vegas that sits quietly... Read more »

Ancient Ways in the Southwest

Ridig the Indian Lands.

Kathleen Kemsley
April 7, 2011

story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley The climate can be too hot and rainy in the summer, too cold and windy in the winter. But motorcycling conditions in the high desert during the spring and fall months are nearly perfect. A commitment-free week in September beckoned my husband and me to ride the... Read more »

Santa Fe Trail: History and drama from New Mexico to Kansas

Rider Contributor
April 6, 2011

story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley We planned to attend a regional sidecar club rally in September. There was just one drawback, we thought: The rally took place in eastern Kansas. Kansas? What is there to see in Kansas? Though I had never set foot in the state, I had heard plenty about how flat... Read more »

New Mexico Motorcycle Rides: Lincoln National Forest

Capitan Mountains east of Valley of Fires, NM

Kathleen Kemsley
July 11, 2008

story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley [New Mexico Motorcycle Rides: Lincoln National Forest was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the August 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Question: What’s black and white and red all over? Answer: A motorcycle route through the region surrounding Lincoln... Read more »

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