Mountain Bike Trails
The Taos area affords almost every level and type of off-road cycling available, from mesa trail riding along the Rio Grande Gorge to forest roads and steep, rocky singletrack. The views range from wide-open vistas of the surrounding Sangre de Cristo mountains + rivers to lush flower-filled meadows.
Stop by Gearing Up Bikes for detailed maps + local trail knowledge. Please keep in mind that many trails are not well-marked. MtbProject.com, TrailForks.com, MapMyRide.com and RidingwithGPS.com are excellent trail resources for the Taos area.
Many of the trails can climb to well over 10,000 feet, so be prepared for any kind of weather. Always carry a map (paper + digital), 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. Check the National Weather Service for Taos and the Taos Ski Valley.
Find some of our favorite trail rides here.
And the big list of trails in the Taos Area:
- Trail 18, off of 518 – 6 miles of forested trail perfect for beginners. Trailhead access at FR 438.
- Taos Valley Overlook Trail/Rift Valley Trail
- Ojitos Trail, off the 585 bypass road – whoop-de-dos, lots of them. An alternate way to access the South Boundary Trail.
- Horsethief Mesa Trail
- Las Vistas de Questa Trail/Punto de Coyote Vista Loop, Questa, NM + Rio Grande del Norte National Monument/Wild Rivers Recreation Area
- Bernardin Lake – A beautiful 10-mile out-and-back singletrack and doubletrack ride along the Rito de la Olla, along open meadows with beautiful wildflowers. This is a moderate ride with pretty consistent climbing.
- Amole Canyon, Gallegos Peak and Woodpile Trails Loop – A beautiful, fun trail with lots of downhill, sometimes singletrack and sometimes barely a trail, because it has so little traffic. It is a profusion of wild roses, Dutch iris, penstemon and lupine in June. About 14 miles in length.
- Devisidero Trail
- CDT Hopewell Lake southern route (Continental Divide Trail (CDT), sections near Cumbres Pass and Hopewell Lake outside of any wilderness areas.)
- North Boundary Trail, off Hwy 64 – 9 miles of trail accessed from Devisadero Trail or Capulin Canyon (Forest Road 10).
- Mondragon Canyon Trail, between Taos and Angel Fire, NM – 8 miles of pretty steep grown-over jeep trails.
- South Boundary Trail
Mountain Bike Parks:
- Angel Fire Mountain Bike Park, Angel Fire, NM
- Pajarito Bike Park, Los Alamos, NM – Some of NM’s finest hand-built downhill trails.
- Ski Apache Bike Park, Ruidoso, NM
- Brickyard Bike Park, Gallup, NM
- The Berminator + Flow Trails, Taos Ski Valley – 3 miles of bermed flowy goodness. There is no lift-access for these trails.
Trails Beyond Taos:
- Bosque Trail, Corrales, NM – 6 miles of flat + smooth singletrack along the Rio Grande.
- Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort + Spa Trail Map
- La Tierra Trails, Santa Fe, NM – multi-use trail network (25+ miles) on the outskirts of the city. Areas include the Trash Pit (Freeride Jump Park/Trails) and Dirt Jumps.
- Galisteo Basin Preserve, Lamy, NM – miles of multi-use trails with wide open vistas.
- High Desert Trail System, Gallup, NM
- Penitente Canyon Trails System, Del Norte, CO
- Los Alamos County Trail Network
- Dale Ball Trails, Santa Fe, NM – 22 miles of singletrack in the foothills.
- Aspen Vista, Santa Fe, NM – perfect ride for leaf peeping the aspens in the fall.
- White Mesa Trail System (White Ridge Trails)/Red Mesa – San Ysidro, NM – trails developed with mountain biking in mind with its rocky ridge line riding along narrow exposed singletrack.
- Glorieta Camps Mountain Bike Trails, Glorieta, NM
- Winsor Trail, Santa Fe, NM – fun 10-mile rip down the hill which can be accessed either by pedalling up (various options), or as a shuttle using public transportation.
- Rio en Medio, Santa Fe, NM – Upper section + Lower section, typically run as a shuttle.
- Grindstone Trail System, Ruidoso, NM – an 18-mile intermediate loop trail (w options) thru the Lincoln National Forest
- Cedar Creek Spaghetti Bowl, Ruidoso, NM – 30+ miles of multi-use, multi-level trails
- Zuni Mountain Trails, Gallup, NM
- Sandia Foothills, Abq, NM – 17 miles of singletrack for all levels
- Alien Run Trail, Aztec, NM
- Doña Ana Trail, Las Cruces, NM – 6.7-mile loop in the desert on BLM land w views of the Organ Mountains
- Fort Bayard Trail System, Fort Bayard, NM – approximately 40 miles of trails for beginner + intermediate level riders
- Stone Quarry & Limekiln Trails System, Del Norte, CO
- Phil’s World, Cortez, CO
- Dolores, CO
- Salida, CO
- Monarch Crest, CO
- Pagosa Springs Trails, CO
- Cumbres Pass to Ojo Caliente
- Santa Fe to Las Cruces
- Caja del Rio
- Monumental Loop
- Lincoln National Forest
- Valles Caldera
- Historical Bikepack in NM
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, Questa, Arroyo Hondo, Red River + Angel Fire/Moreno Valley area. There are a couple of 9,000′ 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 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 Back Country Byway, Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument/Wild Rivers Recreation Area – 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.