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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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The early spring has opened the Rio Grande Gorge rides and some of the foothill trails as well. These include The Rift Valley, West Rim, and Horse Thief Trail along the gorge. The next rides to open up are along the foothills and these include The Talpa Traverse, The Devisadero Loop, and Trail 18. Then it's sit and wait for high elevation rides to dry out enough to ride. Ideally, this will be late May to early June, with each storm pushing the open date back another week. This is good though, as it means a healthy and opened forest. In order, we will see the Ojitios Loop to South Boundary, the Woodpile Trail, South Boundary Trail, and finally the terrain at Northside at TSV by late June or early July.

Riders need to come prepared for changing weather conditions and even snow or hail above 10,000 feet year round. Get a map and local advice and keep your orientation skills intact. If you're riding longer than four hours bring all the food and water you can carry. Another tip, bring an extra derailleur hanger as our rocky terrain eats them like good chile. We just can't stock every type of hanger in the world. Contact us for current trail conditions.

 
     
 
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