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Taos Area Mountain Biking

The Taos area offers the best mountain biking in all of New Mexico. The variety and beauty are unlike anything the state has to offer. This is not, however, Disneyland mountain biking. Meaning, riders need to have their wilderness skills intact. Come prepared for varied weather conditions. Monsoon season starts around the middle to end of July and lasts into September. This means rain, snow, and hail at or above 10,000 feet, so bring enough clothing to cover your arms and legs. Trails are poorly marked and sometimes not marked at all. So, orientation skills are important to prevent getting lost in unfamiliar territory. For rides lasting over three hours, always bring as much food and water as you can carry. This is a place where a little imagination and preparation can lead you on the adventure of a lifetime. Come to Taos Cyclery for accurate trail information and all the maps you’ll need to insure a safe and happy return home.

Taos Area Mountain Bike Trails

South Boundary Trail - This is the one you’ve heard about. Over twenty miles of luscious single track. The trail can be done in a variety of ways ranging from an end to end, or tourist version; to an all day ride including any number of adjoining trails. This is our marquee trail and not to be missed.

Rift Valley Trail, West Rim Trail, and Horse Thief Trail -
These are all along the beautiful Rio Grande Gorge. These trails range from beginner to advanced intermediate. They include some old jeep road and single track with scenic views all along the gorge. These are most popular in the late fall and early spring seasons.

Devisadero Loop and Talpa Traverse Trails - Local gems just minutes from the center of town. Devisadero offers all anyone could want in a hard hour of technical mountain biking. While the Talpa Traverse is famous for its early season skills building.

Northside at Taos Ski Valley - This pay to use area is a legend in the making. Although known for its steep terrain, it's also some of the most scenic riding in all of Taos County. Trails are being put down yearly, so intermediate as well as expert level riders can enjoy the experience. The saying “ What goes up must come down” has never applied more than here. For more information go to www.RideNorthside.com.

Woodpile Trail - One of the hardest trails to find in some of the most beautiful forest around. Hard climbing followed by insanely fast descending. You’ll never have more fun being lost. What more could you ask?

Cerro Vista - This is El Rey, the King of mountain bike rides. Even the shortest version of this monster is around 40 miles; with a 65 mile loop that includes the Woodpile Trail; and an 80 mile loop with the South Boundary Trail as a cool down. Riders start at 7,000 feet and climb to 11,900 feet along rough abandoned forest road. This one is for the strongest endurance junkies only.

These are just a sampling of what’s out there. Come by Taos Cyclery and we can customize any ride for your ability as well as provide the right maps.

 
     
   
     
 

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Mountain biking in winter and early spring, is to say the least, sparse. If you hit it right, or are here in late March or April, Rio Grande Gorge riding is good. These trails range from beginner to advanced intermediate levels and offer great viewing of the gorge. West Rim Trail, beginner, out of the Rio Grande Gorge parking area is our easiest ride, following old jeep road. The Rift Valley Trail, intermediate, is south of town off of Highway 68 or at the end of Old Highway 570, with parking at both locations. Horse Thief Trail, advanced intermediate, is the most challenging of the gorge rides and is north of Arroyo Hondo. The West Rim and Rift Valley trails can be combined for a lengthy ride that goes down into and out of the gorge. The locals refer to this as the Two Bridge Ride. It's important to stay off of trails when muddy as our mud is clay called "caliche". This stuff is nasty, it will stick to your bike forcing riders to knock it off with a stick and rock. There are ruts on some trails, left by mountain bikers, that are many years old. Please stay off muddy trails. As winter recedes, some alpine riding will come into play. The first being The Talpa Traverse, which follows the foothills just south of Taos. Near this trail is the Devisadero Loop, an expert level climb and descent, that although short at under five miles, pushes even the best riders to finish under an hour. Trail 18 south and east of Taos, parallels Highway 518, and meanders through the trees to Forest Road 438, Pot Creek. As April approaches May, riders begin climbing South Boundary and Ojitos Trail until they come to snow line. Ultimately, the Ojitos-South Boundary Loop opens up, which means that the season in earnest is close behind. Contact us for current trail conditions in and around the Taos area.

 
     
 
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