Area Mountain Biking
Taos area offers the best mountain biking in all of New Mexico.
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
Area Mountain Bike Trails
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
Trail - One of the hardest trails to find in some of the most beautiful
around. Hard climbing followed by insanely
fast descending. You’ll never have more fun being lost. What
more could you ask?
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
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.