Ojitos Canyon Trail

HARD 6 reviews
#17 of 33 trails in

Ojitos Canyon Trail is a 14.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Taos, New Mexico that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

14.5 miles
3,316 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


cross country skiing


horseback riding

mountain biking


trail running






You can choose to do just 166 [out and back] or loop 166 with 164. 166 is pretty much an uphill hike. There are a few spots where the trail levels off but for the most part you are on a constant incline up. Views at the top are incredible.

4 months ago

The directions to the trail head goes onto private property and they have gated the access to the trail. Best to go onto the trail at the El Nogal parking area a little further up the road off of 64.

mountain biking
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Very challenging elevation and technical double track. Leg burn over all the pump track like berms. Scenic views along the way. Nice shade in intervals. The downhill bike ride was epic. Bring plenty of water and energy bar/chews.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Trail is a pretty constant moderate/strenuous uphill hike.

The trail itself is in pretty good condition. There are spots where a few trees have fallen and have yet to be cleared. Climbing over, walking around and crawling underneath will be required.

Views at the top of Taos and surrounding areas are amazing!

I chose just to do 166 so once at the top returned the way I came.

I passed two bikers [or they passed me] but otherwise had the trail to myself.

trail running
Friday, July 02, 2010

Good run, but I have yet to find the "loop" while running.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

mountain biking
Thursday, August 11, 2016