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Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico Map
4 days ago

Walked about halfway to the gorge from the trailhead on Trader's trail. I think this would be fun on a MTB. It was a nice, leisurely stroll and not challenging at all. The views are nice. If we'd had more time we would have gone all the way down to the river--I estimate that would be 1 hr in and 1 hr out.

Nice easy trail for a walk just south of Taos. Beautiful views of Taos Mountain.

on Rift Valley Trail

6 months ago

7 months ago

the springs are magical and hypnotic. spiritual place for sure. short walk to springs. used directions from all trails and they seem to have been corrected from since other commenter stated their incorrectness. I also used the other website mentioned to help with directions.

It was perfect! Such a cool little soak spot! The only problem is how to find it. There are so many possibilities when it comes to getting lost. I'd ask a local for directions before you go. That would be best.

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Awesome. Not that hot but it's beautiful.

mountain biking
1 year ago

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.

mountain biking
5 years ago

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.