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Mountain Bike Trails

The Taos area affords almost every level and type of offroad cycling available, from mesa trails and rides along the Rio Grande Gorge to forest roads and steep, rocky singletrack. The views range from wide-open vistas of the surrounding Sangre de Christo mountains to lush flower-filled meadows.

With detailed maps + local knowledge available at Gearing Up, keep in mind that many trails are not well-marked.

Many of the trails can climb to well over 10,000 feet, so be prepared for any kind of weather. Always carry a map, lots of water, food, tools and clothing for changes in the weather. Most of the locals tend to begin their rides in the morning to avoid possible afternoon wind and showers, especially during “monsoon season” mid-July through August.

National Weather Service for Taos and for the Taos Ski Valley.

The Taos Hiking Guide book and the apps / websites MtbProject.comTrailForks.comMapMyRide.com and Ridingwith GPS.com are all good trail references for the Taos area.

Find some of our favorite rides here.

  • Taos on Trailforks.com


  • And the big list of trails in the Taos Area:

    Bike Parks:

    Further Beyond Taos:

    Bikepacking Routes:

    Maps:

     

    Road Rides

    The Taos area offers some of the most beautiful road rides anywhere. Most of the locals tend to begin their rides in the morning to avoid possible afternoon wind and showers, especially during “monsoon season” mid-July through August. Temperatures are pretty moderate most of the summer and fall season. It is recommended to carry a windbreaker or lightweight rain jacket, as weather in the mountains is unpredictable. National Weather Service for Taos, New Mexico

    • The Enchanted Circle – An 85 mile loop which includes Taos, Angel Fire/Moreno Valley area, Eagle Nest, Red River, Questa, and Arroyo Hondo. There are a couple of 9000′ to 10,000′ passes: Bobcat Pass and Palo Flechado Pass. You will experience spectacular views along the way, including Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest peak and Eagle Nest Lake.
    • Rio Grande Gorge Bridge to Carson + Ojo Caliente – A 50 mile out-and-back which travels through Taos, Carson and Ojo Caliente. The ride follows the Rio Grande River along quiet and relatively flat roads. You might even be able to see some of the Big Horn sheep herd that roams the gorge area.
    • U.S. Hill – A beautiful, rolling hill ride through the Carson National Forest, south and east of Taos. There is a bike lane for the first eight miles, then a nice 4.5 mile climb up U.S. Hill to a scenic overlook of the Taos Valley.
    • Tres Piedras to Hopewell Lake + The Brazos Pass – Beautiful rolling hills through forest and ranch land, with very little traffic and nice wide shoulders. This is one of the favorites when we post a group ride. About 36 miles to Hopewell Lake and back, and about 56 miles to Brazos Pass and back to Tres Piedras.
    • Arroyo Seco / Valdez / Arroyo Hondo Loop – About a 28 mile round-trip. Scenic riding through small villages in Northern New Mexico, through the valleys of Valdez and Arroyo Hondo, and back up to Arroyo Seco. Some say it reminds them of riding through small towns in Europe.
    • Taos Ski Valley Climb – A 35.2 miles round trip from Taos to Taos Ski Valley. With elevation from 7000′ to 9300′, this scenic ride through alpine forest and alongside the Rio Hondo will take you from Taos to the little European-style village of Taos Ski Valley. As you pass through Arroyo Seco stop at the Taos Cow for refreshments or homemade ice cream.
    • Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument/Wild Rivers Recreation Areawild-rivers – About 30 miles north of Taos, head west from Cerro and you will find some of the most quiet, smooth and scenic roads in northern New Mexico. The Backcountry Byway is a 13-mile closed-loop road. Bring a bike lock and hike down a (very steep) mile into the gorge.