Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

The Slide Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Embudo, New Mexico that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 557 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

bugs

rocky

no shade

Hike up from the lower trailhead near the Taos Junction Bridge at the intersection of NM 567 and NM 570 or down from the upper trailhead at the Taos Valley Overlook at the end of County Road 110 past the University of New Mexico Klauer campus. If you begin near the Taos Junction Bridge, you will hike up 1.3 miles to the rim of the Río Grande Gorge and gain about 700 feet in elevation. Most of the trail is a wide dirt road. It's a section of the old New Mexico State Road 570 that was closed 25 years ago after a landslide buried part of it. The section where the landslide occurred is narrower and rocky, some hiking may be required to navigate this part. The Rio Pueblo Primitive Campground is near the lower trailhead.

18 days ago

Breathtaking views. Easy hike. Now a favorite!

Excellent 10 mile hike canyon over look then down to the river and back.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

There’s mud, ice and snow in that order (more ice and snow towards the top) but just take your time, it’s all absolutely manageable—for the pups too.

hiking
muddy
snow
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Trail was nice and clear for the most part. As we neared the halfway point we encountered a snow covered and icy trail. We turned around at the 1.38 mark. Highlights included seeing 9 mountain goats across the gorge.

hiking
8 months ago

Long, straight trail that steadily climbs out of the Rio Grande Canyon beside the Pueblo River, which is a pristine trout stream. In mid-October the trees and vegetation along the banks glow a burning orange, a stunning backdrop for an easy hike.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

I LOVE this trail. It is short and sweet. Most anyone should be able to do it. Lots of wildflowers. No place for a hammock is the only downside. The trail is in great shape as of 10/10/19.

hiking
Tue Jun 04 2019

Very beautiful and straightforward hike for a beginner... but getting down there, be prepared for a windy, slightly narrow road that doesn’t have a guard rail. A bit hair raising if you’re not usually behind the wheel of a car, or don’t like heights

Fri Apr 19 2019

Pretty easy trail but amazing views! There are spots you can climb down to river.

hiking
Sat Apr 13 2019

Great trail for beginners and hikers of all ages. Went in early spring so not super hot. Bring water.

hiking
Mon Jul 16 2018

Nice easy trail! Just be aware of your footing- big ants and dog poop here and there! Only a few skinny rocky spots to traverse. Good first hike for our vacation from FL!

hiking
Fri Jul 06 2018

Mostly wide, easy dirt road for a trail. There's a short rocky segment near the bottom that is easy enough to navigate. We started from the lower trailhead in the Orilla Verde Recreation area and hiked up to the top and back down. We passed several groups of people heading down who had started from the upper trailhead. We saw several bighorn sheep across the gorge. There are amazing views the entire time. There's no real protection from the summer sun, but would be shaded in the morning. After the hike, we cooled off in the river near the Taos Junction Bridge where there is a small beach, parking, and campground.

hiking
18 days ago

walking
22 days ago

recorded The Slide Trail

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Showing results 1 - 27 of 51