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Great hike in the gorge, kind of boring topside. But it is really a good one all around otherwise.

hiking
13 hours ago

It’s not long and it’s not difficult. And, the manufactured pavilion coverings really detract from the natural beauty. However! The first look out over the canyon is AMAZING!

We have a family house in Taos, and do hikes here every time we go. It’s great by itself, I only give it 3 stars because I know what the larger Sangre De Cristos hold just 45 minutes away. Don’t let that deter you from this hike though. Good little starter. Don’t go too late in the day during rainy season though...one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.

I hiked this trail earlier today. Rain was forecasted for the afternoon, so I decided to go as far up as I could and hoping to make it to the 4-mile mark before turning around. That is what I did. Rain did come with two miles left to go, but it wasn't a bad storm. The cool winds refreshed my dogs and me. The trail is well-marked at all intersections, and mile markers are posted for every mile.

This is part of a longer trail. Once you reach the 3-mile marker, the grade eases. By the 4-mile marker, you are on a ridge and it's easy sailing then, among the aspen and Ponderosa pine. The trail also narrows here to a single track. There were no stream crossings anywhere.

Trail head parking is to three trails and the parking lot can fill up fast. Get here early!

Trails are open again!

I got into town as the clouds were ready to burst. I waited out the storm but took off two hours before sunset. The loop took me 2:20 hours. I did it clockwise. Great vistas all around. The rock slab chairs have been restored at the peak. My dogs were able to drink water from a few shallow pools in the rocks along the way. The trailhead parking lot was still crowded when I returned to my truck.

Beautiful trail, shady in the morning - the river is gorgeous at the bottom. It is a pull coming out of the canyon but worth it.

Picked up the El Nogal trailhead just outside Taos. This trail extends about 20 miles, and has other connectors. You can do a loop by combining the 166 trail. It can be picked up from 164 at mile number 1 at the bottom or at mile 3.5 at a higher level. If you complete the loop is about 10.3 miles total. This trail has about 2000 ft of elevation gain to get to the 166 connector at the top. It’s a steady up. A few great viewing points along the way. Enjoy!

This trail can be a bit of a grind. If you go clean clockwise it’s about 5 miles to your first view of the gorge. If you are looking for a little shorter, go counterclockwise and you can enjoy the gorge views after about 3 miles or so. You need a bunch of water if the suns out.

This was a great trail and hike for our family of 5! Even our 3 year old was able to complete part of Big Arsenic and all of Little Arsenic Trail! Weather was great at 71 F and the gorge was an amazing sight! Recommend this trail to all!

Nice trail. Well maintained and marked. They removed the “thrones” at the peak which was sad.

pretty new mexico views in the valley and it takes you down to the rim of Rio Grande Gorge. Flat most of the way. It says a little over 10 miles, but there are actually trails around the area that you can connect to that probably can cut it down to 8 miles if you plan it. A great place to mountain bike. I was jealous of everyone with a bike

Perfect little workout. About three hours if you stop a little. Take water.

This is one of my favorite hikes in Taos. It is a wonderful morning hike, challenging but reasonable. It offers scenic views, diverse terrain including beautiful alpine woods at higher elevations and open panoramic sagebrush and cactus in lower areas. There are gorgeous flowers and plants in abundance.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike - fun, little challenge for our 6 yr old.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved it! Took us about 3 hours to do the loop! We stopped to enjoy the scenery and there is a nice, relaxing surprise at the top. The trail seems frequented by mostly locals-all very friendly!

hiking
3 months ago

A wonderful taste of this area at this elevation. Beautiful trail with many overlooks.

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy stroll through shrubby land, direct to the canyon valley, with snow-capped mountains as walk-by background. Wonderful payoff for such a lowkey stretch-your-limbs kinda mosey!

trail running
4 months ago

Awesome winter trail. Great views and a smooth mellow run.

trail running
5 months ago

This Trail is great for hiking, and the views are amazing. But I would not consider it a good trail for running on. There was too much large loose rock, ice, and many many switchbacks to make it comfortable for running. I was able to maintain a light jog through most of it.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful views. Took us about 4 hours with random rest stops.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! Really sunny day and only had snow in the shade. Dogs also love it!

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! Steady elevation change, not too difficult. In the AM, it is chilly as the trail doesn’t get much sun. The trail is fairly narrow in some areas.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Great place to mountain bike, highly recommend sunscreen.
Ran into a Lynx, near the Rio Grande river area.
Did not take the full route, route I took was about one hour.

Very quite, mostly flat trail along the top of the Rio grande gorge.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike but recommend not to hike the whole thing if your a beginner! It's a long trail!

hiking
8 months ago

We are new to hiking. This is the longest we've hiked and it was amazing! Not much traffic. Great workout!

hiking
10 months ago

We had mapped this trail using the directions function in the app, so we started out on Big Arsenic. At the fork to follow La Junta and Little Arsenic, we opted to just follow Big Arsenic. It ends right down by the river with beautiful rock formations, a waterfall and refreshing cold mountain water - which was a relief because it was very hot the day we hiked (August 30, 2017). It was absolutely beautiful with stunning views along the way. That said, this hike was originally under Rio Grande Gorge hike and labeled as easy. Maybe because we hiked in and back up to the rim (7,575feet elevation descending 680 feet in only .8 miles) this was a moderately hard trail! Be sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen. But soooooo worth it!!!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice walk on a very pleasant afternoon. The first 3/4 mile is flat and in the open, so not that interesting. We ate lunch at the lower observation point, then hiked to the ridge top to enjoy the view at the upper observation point. Very nice view and a bench to rest on. We took the return loop to hook up with the original trail back to the TH, but somehow got off the trail. A bit of freestyling, but no real problem.

great little walk for my two and 3 yr old

I like this hike for the workout, but it does not compare to the hikes up in he proper mountains just down the road. Def feels like what you think of when hiking the Southwest though

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