Snowshoeing, Backcountry and Cross Country Skiing

​Trails and Guided Backcountry Tours

Backcountry skiing and Snowshoeing provide a unique and fun way to enjoy the outdoors in winter. Enjoy explorating quiet winter trails on a sunny afternoon. Or go on a guided backcountry skiing or snowshoe tour to experience the beauty of hiking in the winter. 

MAY TRAIL UPDATE:  5/19/22, Carson National Forest will instate a STAGE 3 FOREST CLOSURE. This affects ALL public land trails in Taos Ski Valley. Please read the document to learn more.

You can Snowshoe or backcountry ski (skin) up to Williams Lake—a 4-mile round trip hike from The Bavarian. Other options include Gavilan Trail (3.3 miles one way), Italianos Canyon Trail (3.7 miles one way), Bull of the Woods Trail (3 miles one way), Manzanita Canyon Trail (4.2 miles one way) and Yerba Canyon Trail (3.9 miles one way). All of these trails are accessible from Road 150, the Taos Ski Valley road.

The two most popular trails for snowshoeing are Williams Lake and Bull of The Woods. More trails including popular cross country ski trails can be found at Carson National Forest. For groomed cross country ski trails, check out the Enchanted Forest XC Ski Area near Red River.

See all trails in Taos Ski Valley on - free GPS coordinates, descriptions, photos and other info.

Snowshoe Rentals
Snowshoes/poles can be rented at Cottams's Ski Shop.

Name of Trail Print Map
one way
Cross Country Ski Trail Snowshoeing
Wilderness Area
Degree of Difficulty
Gavilan Trail
X Intermediate/Expert
Italianos Canyon Trail 59
3.6 miles    X X Intermediate
Long Canyon/Bull-Of-The-Woods
3.6 miles X X X Expert
Manzanita Canyon Trail 58
4.2 miles   X X Expert
Wheeler Peak Trail 90
8 miles X X X Expert
Williams Lake Trail 62
2 miles X X X Novice/Intermediate
Yerba Canyon Trail
4 miles   x X Expert

Snowshoeing & Cross Country Ski

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