I have to agree with everything said by the others.
This road has amazing vistas, I would recommend it to anyone.
It does have some tight twisty sectors (1st, 2nd-3rd gear) with huge dropoffs, but there's plenty of 4th & 5th gear segments where you can test your skills.
But don't try it alone, i.e., if you have an 'incident' there may not be anyone around for some time to help you out during the weekdays.
I road it mid week and there was very little traffic.
I never saw anyone going in my direction West the holl time until I got close to Jemez Springs.
Have your camera ready you'll want to stop often.
There are plenty of camp grounds along the way but no services.
I wish I had the time to go both directions on the same day.
- LER (6/16/12)
This road isnít too twisty throughout, but there are some pretty tight switchbacks that sneak up on you if you arenít careful.
Thereís also several roads that shoot off this one that are more hard packed gravel and dirt for those dual sporters out there, and thereís plenty of places to stop and get a good view all along this road.
- Isaac (9/16/11)
For three of us from Miami, this was the best ride we ever took on our Harleys.
Stunning scenery that seems to change every few miles.
Stopped at Los Ojos Saloon in Jemez Springs..great place!
Drive about 5-7 miles up the road and pull over to the dirt parking lot on the right.
Hike the trail for about 15-20 minutes to find a natural hot spring in the middle of the woods.
After, continue on the Valles Caldera...pulled over to take in the views and actually saw a herd of wild elks grazing in the distance.
On then to Bandelier National Monument, a must see for ancient indian cave dwellings.
- Anonymous (10/14/08)
This road is very twisty and scenic.
I have ridden it both ways in summer and winter with equal pleasure.
On the weekends be careful of tourist and especially the locals.
You will ride through some Native American Lands and the natives usually drive slow and can pull out in front of you.
A side trip to Los Alomos or Bandoleir State Park are nice rest stops.
There are no food stops along the route so dont go hungry, because you will want to ride it in both directions to get the full affect of the view.
Santa Fe or Alberqueque are filled with food and drink as your reward for a good day on the edge.
- Carl Kruse