Mountain biking around Taos

May 5, 2004
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Mountain biking around Taos

Mountain biking around Taos

By Amy Marr

Question: I am looking for some mountain biking trails around the Taos, New Mexico area. Can you help? Thanks.

Dennis Mastin
Boulder, Colorado

Enjoy the vistas of Wheeler Peak while mountainbiking New Mexcico
Adventure Adviser: I’d check out the epic South Boundary Trail, a 27-mile single-track splendor along the spine of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Taos. Once a cowpath, this revered trail is a favorite among local riders. Pick up the trail just south of the village of Angel Fire, and begin a five-mile rock climb out of the cholla cactus-studded high desert and into groves of ponderosa and aspen. En route, enjoy the vistas of nearby Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest mountain at 13, 161-feet. By the time you crest the ridge at 10,886-foot Osha Pass, Taos Valley will be a distant view to the west. After the high-altitude climb, you’re treated to a 13-mile downhill, winding through the forest and back to the desert. Since it’s a point-to-point ride, you’ll need to arrange for a shuttle to Angel Fire. Taos-based Native Sons Adventures (800-753-7559) will take care of the logistics for you — $15 per person and bike to Angel Fire, $17.50 to the top of the forest road. I’d opt for the more-expensive choice; you’ll be happy to skip the not-so-scenic, hell of a hill out of Angel Fire.

For something less ambitious, head into the surrounding Carson National Forest, which is laced with trails and forest roads well-suited for fat tires. Native Sons can offer advice on picking a ride right for you.

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