Talpa Traverse Trail is a 8.4 mile out and back trail located near Ranchos de Taos, NM and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and is accessible from March until November.
This trail is listed at an out and back, but actually connects to Maestes Road on one end, and Ojitos Canyon Trail on the other end. (Ojitos Canyon is listed as a loop, which is also not the case. We'll discuss that one in a different review.) Talpa Traverse is a great fun trail to ride, especially to gain or hone your skills for more difficult, longer rides. You'll cover climbs, dips, rocky terrain, deep sand, switchbacks, whoop-dee-doo's, obstacles, and lots of other fun things that will keep you on your toes, but not so much so that you can't have a rip-roaring time doing it. I love this little trail, and sometimes incorporate it into a commute. If you ask about it in Taos, you might want to call it the 'dump to dump' trail if nobody recognized the name listed here.