mountain biking & road cycling in and around taos
Mountain Bike Trails in Taos
EASY 7.2 total miles Ranchos de Taos
Hard-packed dirt trails that roll gently through piney woods on old logging roads. You will find neither major obstacles in the trails, nor daunting pitches. This is a good place to let the kids see what they can do. View trail head on Google Maps.
EASY 7 total miles
A great family ride, mostly flat among the silvery sagebrush-covered expanse of the Taos Valley floor From Cebolla Mesa, you’ll see sweeping views across the Taos Plateau, up to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and across to the Brazos and Tusas Mountains in the west. Views down into the river gorge are breathtaking. View trail head on Google Maps.
Ojitos Canyon Loop
STRENUOUS 10.5 total miles
Paved roads, doubletrack and singletrack trails for the expert cyclist looking for a hard technical ride with a big uphill. The first 3 miles of the ride gain more than 2,000 feet up the famous “South Boundary” (Forest Road 164) on mostly tight singletrack through stands of piñon and juniper trees in a beautiful high-desert environment. Spectacular views out to the Taos Valley, Taos Mountain and Wheeler Peak, and west to the Jemez Mountains. Trail surface: paved roads, doubletrack and singletrack trails. View trail head on Google Maps.
South Boundary Trail
MODERATE TO STRENOUS 22.1 total miles
Beautiful riding on mostly singletrack tread through mixed forest of aspens and pine trees. Without a doubt one of the best mountain bike rides in New Mexico. Stunning alpine meadows, awesome downhill singletrack (Heaven on Earth section is just that) and then a final ride back to the start along the mostly downhill Khyber Pass Rd. View trail head on Google Maps.
West Rim Trail
EASY TO MODERATE
Easy riding on a sage-covered plateau high above the Rio Grande. This is a great ride that starts at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and travels south along the rim on fairly level double and single track trails. The miles seem to fly by. Views are spectacular, with several spots to stop to look down into Rio Grande, a dizzy 600 feet below you. Trail surface: single track and double track trails. View trail head on Google Maps.
Mountain Bike Trails outside Taos
Northside at Taos Ski Valley
MODERATE with Shuttle to STRENOUS, varied mileage
This self-guided fee-based mountain biking area is on 1,200 acres of private alpine wilderness. Northside is a mapped and signed looped trail system designed especially for mountain biking. Spectacular overlooks, single and double track routes through beautiful evergreen forest, aspen, and meadows. For the more adventurous, one can pedal to the top of 12,163 ft. Frazer Mountain. The terrain is best suited for the intermediate and higher level rider. Open from mid June through October, weather permitting. Download trail map PDF.
STRENUOUS 7.6 total miles, Penasco
The Angostura Trail follows the beautiful Rio Angostura up a narrow canyon through the steep hills near the Sipapu Ski Area. Suited for expert cyclists. trails climb steeply to various peaks and forest roads and follow small streams and narrow canyons on extremely rough terrain. Trail surface: doubletrack and singletrack trails. View trail head on Google Maps.
The road riding in Taos is as underrated as it is challenging. Taos roads are narrow with little to no shoulder, but this shouldn’t discourage any cyclist from enjoying epic scenery and world-class climbing. Choose your route and time wisely. Watch the weather. And above all, talk to people who cycle here. Stop by Taos Cyclery for maps, tips, rentals, and gear.
The Enchanted Circle
The most popular road ride route. An 85-mile loop through the towns of Questa and Red River and near Angel Fire.
The Mora Loop
Longer, harder, and more scenic than the Enchanted Circle. This 107-mile beauty follows highway 518 over US Hill, past Sipapu Ski Area, down Holeman Hill and through the town of Mora.
The Taos area has many loops ranging from 12 to 50 miles.
Back roads with rural terrain are not to be missed, including: 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.