Area Road Riding
road riding in Taos is as underrated as it is challenging. Our
roads are narrow with
little to no shoulder, but this shouldn’t
discourage any cyclist from enjoying epic scenery and world class
climbing. The trick is to choose your route and time wisely. Remember
to be prepared for changing weather, especially during monsoon
season which is mid July through September. Roads here are rough,
plenty of spare tubes and a patch kit. It also helps to have some
road side repair skills. We have rides ranging from short town
loops to several century options and beyond. Contact Taos Cyclery
to date road conditions and ideas for that perfect road ride experience.
Taos Area Road Rides
Circle - Our most popular road ride route. This is an 85 mile loop
through the towns of Questa and Red River and near
Angel Fire. There are several options to make this a century. The
route goes over 10,000 foot Bobcat Pass and Palo Flechado Pass. It
can be done in either direction. Call us first for a heads up on
traffic in the canyon and which direction suites your style.
Mora Loop - Longer, harder, and more scenic than the Enchanted Circle. This
one follows highway 518 over US HIll, past Sipapu
Ski Area, down Holeman Hill and through the town of Mora. Then
riders go through some pristine New Mexico rural terrain on their
way to Guadalupita and on to Coyote Creek State Park. The road
becomes narrow, super scenic, with three 10% grade pitches before
the clearing near Black Lake. Take in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness
and all its splendor on the way to Angel Fire. Then it’s
up and over Palo Flechado Pass and on down into Taos. This 107
mile beauty will give you something to write home about and keep
you coming back.
Road 125 - This ride falls somewhere between magical and grueling.
Riders go out over the 600 foot Rio Grande Gorge bridge
and out to Ojo Caliente into Georgia O'Keeffe country. Then into
Espanola over the Rio Grande and onto the High Road back to Taos.
It's not called the High Road for nothing. Climbing endlessly into
the beautiful alpine regions of Chimayo, Truchas, Penasco, and finally
a 45 minute descent into Taos. The beauty matched only by the difficulty,
no beginners please.
The New Mexico Death Ride Double Century - Just the name alone
should thin the field on this one. So daunting, only two riders
completed it. From Taos ride to Tres Piedras, many riders will drive
here and us the local ranger station as a starting point. Then ride
the mountainous terrain through the Brazos area. This is also some
of the best shoulder in northern New Mexico, which is why the drive
is worth it. The Brazos Cliff overlook is your point of no return.
The descent to Tierra Amarilla is fast and fun. Head north to Chama,
a short 100 miles from the start and not even half way yet. Climb
into Colorado and create Cumbres and Mongas Pass, both over 10,000
feet. Then descend some of the most scenic road around along the
Conejos River into Antonito, Colorado. Turn south and return to Tres
Piedras via highway 285. This completes the 140 mile loop for those
who drove. Death riders will return to Taos, crossing the Rio Grande
Gorge bridge for the second time. If you complete this one let us
know so we can add your name to the Hall of Fame.
The Taos area
has many loops ranging from 12 to 50 miles. There are many small
back roads which feature our rural terrain. Not to
be missed are: the Hondo-Seco-Valdez loop, a road classic; the Taos
Ski Valley climb, super scenic
and cool on a hot day; and US Hill, another classic climb with a
ripping fast return. Finally, just riding around the historic
plaza district is a fun way to see the center of town. Bicycles
move faster than the cars and parking is never a problem, just
bring a lock.