Rift Valley Loop Trail

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Rift Valley Loop Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico 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.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
879 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

muddy

snow

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!

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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

trail running
5 months ago

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

mountain biking
8 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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

walking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Can get challenging past the 8-9 mile mark averaging 3-4 mph.....

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Awesome for trail running, for dogs, and to check out the gorge. Easy downhill down and uphill back.

mountain biking
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fun and flowy. Great open space for dogs.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

spectacular views from the rim of the canyon. easy hike that really shows off the beauty of northern NM.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Beautiful trail with sage brush and great views!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Great trail. Excellent views of the Rio Grande river and Canyon. Enough up and down to make the 10 miles loop a good workout.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 23, 2015

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.

hiking
Friday, May 22, 2015

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.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

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