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.

2.7 miles
557 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips






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.

4 months ago

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!

4 months ago

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.

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