Description: Just south of Hwy 76 you’ll find Mesa Grande; an extremely fun stretch of road that traverses a large mesa and passes by the Mesa Grande Indian Reservation. The combination of tight hairpins, switch backs and a luxuriously long straight away make this the ONLY way to get to Dudley’s Bakery from 76.
Access: Bottom of south grade, just before the 76/79 junction.
Mesa Grande begins with a steep set of switchbacks that lead you to the top of the mesa. Once on top of the Mesa it is straight and smooth, however the trip down more than makes up for it. The second leg of this road provides a wonderful straight section with fantastic visibility. Your speedometer will have NO trouble reaching triple digits on this one.
A wonderfully paved stretch of road, due in part to the local reservation. Expect the occasional sand and gravel after rain (it rains?). Watch out for the bridge on the southern end, if you take the corner too fast you may find yourself in the creek.
Like most of these well-known country roads, expect other cars, motorcycles and cyclists on the weekends.
After a bit of white-knuckle driving, you’re rewarded a beautiful view of east county’s rolling hills atop the mesa.
Length: 12.1 miles
Attractions: Dudley’s Bakery in Santa Ysabel