Hike – Bike – Run

Stretch your legs and breathe deeply

It's easy to amp up any fitness routine on the varied terrains of the Taos Ski Valley area. Enjoy the big views on a walk, run, or mountain bike ride on the sagebrush scented rim of the Rio Grande Gorge. Or ascend to the mountain trails that dot NM-150 all the way up into Taos Ski Valley. These tree-lined trails cross seasonal streams and luxuriously green meadows filled with wildflowers.

HIKE | BIKE | RUN | TRAIL MAPS

All trails are open! If you have questions regarding recreation in the Carson National Forest, please visit their website. Click here for any alerts or restrictions. Weather can be unpredictable in the mountains – when you're planning any outdoor activity, check the National Weather Service forecast for Taos Ski Valley for an idea of what to expect at what time and be prepared in case you need to find shelter from sudden wind, rain, or cold.

 

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HIKE

Exercise, explore, and reflect on one of the many lovely hiking trails in and around Taos Ski Valley. Year-round, you’ll find unparalleled opportunities to take long walks at your own pace to see big views among the trees on trails that suit your fitness level. See all trails in Taos Ski Valley on HikingProject.com - free GPS coordinates, descriptions, photos and other info.

Beginner & Recreational

On the West Rim Trail departing from the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor’s area, you’ll feel your cares melt away among gorgeous 360 views with perfect photo opportunities of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge from the rim of the Gorge itself. This flat trail is a great place to enjoy the seas of sagebrush for miles.

Intermediate - Challenging

Columbine-Hondo Wilderness
The trails within the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness offer excellent potential for day hikes, overnight or multi-day backpacking adventures in this beautiful wilderness! These trails include the Yerba, Manzanita, Italianos and Gavilan Canyon trails accessed from Highway 150, and the Long Canyon and Gold Hill trails accessed from Bull of the Woods/Wheeler Peak Trail #90. You'll find everything from low-angle narrow singletrack trails, steep-walled traverses, open meadows, and high ridges with amazing views of the surrounding mountains and the Rio Grande rift valley.
Williams Lake Trail
Discover Williams Lake in all its glory! This popular intermediate-level, four-mile round trip hike from The Bavarian follows a beautiful valley forested with Engelmann and blue spruce, western white fir, and rarely seen red fir and bristlecone pines can be found in the higher elevations. This is the most popular trail in our valley, expect to encounter other trail users.
Wheeler Peak towers above Williams Lake in Taos Ski Valley

Wheeler Peak

Conquer New Mexico's highest peak ~ this 13,161-foot summit can be accessed by either the Bull of the Woods/Wheeler Peak Trail #90 or Williams Lake Trail. Get an early start for this expert level tour. Dispersed camping is allowed, please stay at least 300 feet away from streams and lakes. Keep your eyes peeled for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mule deer and elk, and smaller forest critters like pine marten and ermine.
Bull of the Woods/Wheeler Peak Trail
This popular trailhead starts by the Twining Campground (at the top of the main parking lot in the village). It's an 8 mile hike through a steep canyon, across an old mining road on Bull of the Woods Mountain's north slopes, then the route climbs above treeline and past the 12,163-foot Frazer Mountain summit. This route is popular among seasoned alpinists and peak-baggers, it's a challenge to take on with determination and experience. It can get quite windy above treeline, pack extra layers and bring your sense of adventure! Avoid walking onto any snow cornices overhanging off the ridges.
The Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67
This trail begins along the Williams Lake Trail at the saddle just above the lake. The route climbs through old growth conifer forests, crosses several steep avalanche chutes then ascends above treeline onto a wide open glacial moraine at 12,000'. The trail makes some switchbacks up the steep western slope towards the ridge between Mount Walter and Wheeler, traversing scattered rock fields across open slopes. On a clear day you'll be treated to incredible 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, the Rio Grande Rift Valley and distant mountain ranges such as the San Juans in Colorado.

BIKE

Mountain bike enthusiasts can ride until their legs beg to quit in some of the most scenic mountain bike rides in the Taos area, our trails are full of challenges. Enjoy beginner and intermediate rides at lower elevations on BLM land or Carson National Forest while more experienced riders can tackle the alpine trails in Taos Ski Valley.

Beginners & Recreational

The Pioneer Flow Trails are located in the base area of Chairlift #1 near the Resort Plaza and parallel to the Pioneer Chairlift. These two novice to intermediate trails feature small jumps and rollers perfect to warm up on or hone your technical skills. There are also eBike rentals available at Taos Sports to assist with your ride back to the top of the trail.

On the West Rim Trail departing from the Rio Grande Gorge Rest Area, you’ll feel your cares melt away among gorgeous 360-views with perfect photo opportunities of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge from the rim of the Gorge itself. This flat trail is a great place to enjoy the seas of sagebrush for miles.

Intermediate & Challenging

If lift-served mountain biking is your thing, come check out our Green Chile flow trail. We're pretty sure you'll be grinning ear to ear. From the top of the scenic Chairlift 4 all the way to the bottom of the Kachina Basin, the Green Chile flow trail is 3.5 miles of buttery banked turns, amazing scenery, and fun for the whole family.

Northside* boasts a high-altitude looped network of single and double track routes through forests and alpine meadows with epic views on 12,00 acres of private land. This is mountain biking at its finest.
*Beginning, August 1, 2021, Northside will be CLOSED to the public due to extensive fire mitigation and forest health projects running 7 days a week. Please respect this closure.

RUN

Experience some of the most beautiful alpine trail running in New Mexico. Taos Ski Valley boasts 11 public hiking trails and several summit opportunities, including the highest peak in New Mexico: Wheeler Peak, topping out at 13,161 ft. You'll enjoy abundant wildflowers and may meet our resident herd of Bighorn Sheep in the higher elevations. Fall is especially spectacular in the ski valley as the aspens put on a show from mid-September through early October. Taos Ski Valley hosts two premier trail running events.

TRAIL RUNS

On August 7th, 2021, hundreds of runners joined us for the 15th running of the Taos Ski Valley Up & Over 10k Trail Run. The course winds through the ski trails and up to 11,819 feet before decending through the wild flowers and mountain streams of the "back side" of our mountain. It was a beautiful day with record finishing times! Did you, your friends, or family run it? You can find race photos from Cold Smoke Photography here: Up & Over 10K Trail Run 2021 Photos

September 11th, 2021 will be the 5th year for the Bull of the Woods Trail Run! This year, Ski Taos is excited to host the 1/2 Marathon and Marathon distances. The Trail Marathon distance will take you to Kachina Peak 12,481ft, before climbing to the half-marathon Fraser Peak 12,168ft! You will span the entire Taos Ski Valley on this course, truly giving you some much deserved trail-cred! The Half Marathon will follow the previous years, primarily tight singletrack course on Northside-trail system, maximizing your trail-fun and big-trail-views.

Precautions

  • Waterproof boots and hiking poles are recommended for high elevation hikes

  • Check the weather and bring extra layers to accommodate fluxuating daytime temps and wind

  • Be prepared for changing weather

  • Always carry extra water
  • Pack out anything you pack in
  • Bag dog waste and do not leave it on the trail; it should be removed and disposed of in an appropriate receptical
  • Beware of lightning during storms and stay off the ridges if you hear thunder

  • Depart for hikes early in the morning to return before dark

  • Let someone know where you are going and check in with them when you come back

  • During the Spring and early Summer avalanche conditions may exist on certain aspects, be aware of the terrain you're hiking in and assess conditions continuously as you travel

Know Before You Go


HikingProject.com - free GPS coordinates, descriptions, photos and other info for all Taos Ski Valley hiking trails

Carson National Forest - Taos Ski Valley Hiking Trails (Questa Ranger District)

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Name of Trail Print Map
Distance
one way
Hiking Trail Horse Trail Cross Country Ski Trail Snowshoeing
Wilderness Area
Degree of Difficulty
Gavilan Trail 60
Map
3.3miles X
X
 
X
X Intermediate/Expert
Gold HIll 64
Map
3.7miles X
X
 
X
X Moderate/Difficult
Italianos Canyon Trail 59
Map
3.6 miles  X X   X X Intermediate
Lobo Peak 57
Map
10.7 miles X     X X Difficult
Long Canyon 63 
Map
3.6 miles X X X X X Expert
Manzanita Canyon Trail 58
Map
4.2 miles X X   X x Expert
Wheeler Peak Summit 67
Map
2.2 miles X       X Expert
Bull Of The Woods/Wheeler Peak Trail 90
Map
8 miles X X X X X Expert
Williams Lake Trail 62
Map
2 miles X X X X X Novice/Intermediate
Yerba Canyon Trail
Map
4 miles X     x X Expert

Hike / Bike / Run

Taos MTB Green Chili Flow Trail
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Red Rossingal e-bike
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Taos Ski Valley 10k Up & Over Trail Run
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