Rift Valley Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ranchos De Taos, NM that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
A 10.5 mile loop trail located in Ranchos De Taos, New Mexico (just south of Taos). Rift Valley Trail is a year-round 10.5 mile loop trail located in Ranchos De Taos, New Mexico, between Highway 68 and the east rim of the Rio Grande Gorge. The trail provides spectacular views of the gorge, and big horn sheep are commonly seen in the area. A network of intersecting shorter trails (Traders, Gijosa, Klauer, Sediment, Escarpment) provide additional exploring and the option to adjust the loop distance. Although mostly used for mountain biking, Rift Valley Trail is also excellent for hiking and horseback riding. Look for the "lollipop tree" and the "Friends Of Rift Trail" bench!
Long, easy, relaxing hike! Tons of sage brush, purple cactus, and great views of the Rio Grande. This trail accommodates mountain bikers and horse riders probably more so than hikers, but it hiked fine nonetheless. Prepare for at least 4 hours at 10.5 miles.
Beautiful trail with sage brush and great views!
Great trail. Excellent views of the Rio Grande river and Canyon. Enough up and down to make the 10 miles loop a good workout.
Great ride! Climbing was minimal with flowing single track that seemed to descend indefinitely. The views of the Gorge were very impressive. Gearing up Bicycle shop in Taos took great care of us post ride.
Great views of the Sangre de Cristos. A lumbering long loop on the Mesa. There are no steep gains or losses but the trail is far from flat. Has several overlooks of the Rio Grande and a tributary. Minus one star because the beginning of the trail follows the highway for about 3 miles. I went out after a rain and it was slippery and muddy I assume there will be a lot of mountain bikers when the conditions are hard.