Snowshoeing, Backcountry and Cross Country Skiing

​Trails and Guided Snowshoe & Backcountry Tours

Backcountry skiing and Snowshoeing provide a unique and fun way to enjoy the outdoors in winter. Valley excursions can range from full moon guided outings, to solo explorations of a quiet trail, or a group dash-to-dine picnic adverture on a sunny afternoon. Strap on a pair of new, lightweight aluminum snowshoes or reach out to our members below for a guided tour of the Taos area.

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. Skis and Snowshoes can be rented at Cottams's Ski Shop. For a groomed cross country ski trails check out the Enchanted Forest XC Ski Area near Red River.

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

575-776-8719 (winter) $-$$$Click Here
Mountain Skills Guided Backcountry Ski Tours
575-776-2222$$$-$$$Click Here
Taos Tours Heritage Inspiration
888-344-TOUR (8687)$-$$$Click Here