Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in New Mexico with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Santa Fe Rail Trail

12 days ago

I've only biked the segment between rabbit rd. and Eldorado, great trail. The first half mile or so from rabbit rd. has some ups and downs that could be a bit strenuous for beginers, after that though its pretty smooth sailing to Eldorado. Be aware of rattlesnakes, saw about a 4 footer crossing the trail yesterday.

trail running
21 days ago

Lots of wild flowers and deer out. Beautiful, well maintained trail.

Worth the hike! First, the hiking trail to goose lake is trail 65, the driving and ATV trail is trail 66. Second, the hike to goose lake is 7 mile making the total out and back actually 14 miles NOT 10, so bring water and snacks. Definitely a moderate uphill hike. The lake itself is gorgeous and there are definitely places to tent camp. Plenty of refill areas for water along the way as well. There is a section of downed trees, but if you push straight through in the direction of where the trail stops you will be able to clearly see the pick up on the other side. ~300 ft. The whole trail to goose lake is uphill so as long as you go uphill you cant miss it.

So I’m fairly new to hiking/backpacking with only about 100 miles under my feet so far. With that said, however, parts of this trail were pretty hard compared to trails with a “hard” classification. My daughter is very active and even she had a tough time. This trail is BEAUTIFUL and totally worth the sweat and effort despite my previous statement. If, like me, you’re newer to the hobby just be aware that this will be challenging and then GO!!!!

Very nice easy hike through meadows and Aspen.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this one July of 2017. Steep and scenic with trees down low opening into a valley (with flowers in season). Last section is really steep up to the Lobo Peak Trail which circles the Taos Bowl somewhat. Stick coming down helps knees if needed. Well worth it.

road biking
1 month ago

FYI - Trail is paved from the Railyard to where it crosses Rabbit Rd, unpaved from Rabbit Rd to Eldorado. No water stops, but there is a privy at the parking lot where it crosses Rabbit Rd. Would be nice if the city put in water at the Rabbit Rd junction. :(

1 month ago

Some shade on the lower half in summer, which is nice. Go up early on summer and fall weekends if you want to beat the crowds. The aspen and pine are showing drought stress this year, but it’s still a fabulous hike. The width makes for a more sociable trail. It’s also fun in winter for snowshoes or xcountry skis.

Yesterday I hiked four miles in to the vista overlook. Today I went up to the radio towers and Deception Peak, for a 13.6 - mile hike. Views from the peak were spectacular. This is a popular trail for runners, mtnbikers, dogwalkers, hikers and families with small children. The grade is mellow. This is a great training hike for taller peaks. Come early as the parking lot fills up fast even during the week. This morning a herd of cattle were in the middle of the road.

Weather changes fast during the monsoon season. I started with clear skies and ended with storm clouds.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Nice and long (in reality, it only feels long)...good workout, good forest, even good meadows along the way for a break here and there.

impassable after 5.5 miles. in effect, no trail to goose lake

Trail closed due to fire danger.

2 months ago

Windy hot day, and ran in between shade stops. The end is a great view and worth it!

Great trail. There is a spot where there are lots of downed trees.... follow the creek at this point because the trail gets lost due to the downed trees. Use this app as your GPS to locate the trail and lake. Lake is beautiful and worth the hike.

Beautiful trail

on Osha Loop Trail

3 months ago

Whole area closed due to high fire hazard.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice fun trail...until you can’t find it anymore

Steep climb but great vistas!

A couple of things to note about this trail. First, this is not the Jeep trail. The Jeep trail is closer to town. Second, I was unable to find the lake. Around mile 5 I ran into a ton of down trees and lost the trail. There are down trees everywhere, making it very difficult. It is a Beautiful trail trail though. We saw a beautiful black bear by the primitive campsite around mile 3. It’s around 100 flights at mile 5 where I lost the trail.
I am rating this a 3 Star due to losing the trail. If the trees are cleared and a clear path is made to the lake this is definitely a 5 Star.

hiking
3 months ago

My dog and I are standing at the end of the trail right now. Spring is such a beautiful time, the greens will never be greener, wildflowers blooming, beautiful forest, spectacular views!
Strenuous but worth it!

BTW this trail distance here is 4.7 miles out and back. My app states 3.3 miles one way to the end which connects with the Columbine TR #60 and the Lobo Peak TR #57

Which would put the total out and back at 6.6 miles

4 months ago

Awesome trail, easy to follow. Short and sweet

This is the most beautiful trail. My favorite among the Taos Ski Valley trails. Hard but worth it.

walking
4 months ago

Fairly easy walk up and back, easy on the knees. Dog loved it! Great view

hiking
5 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
5 months ago

This is, hands down, some of the best downhill biking I've done! (Maybe I should get out more?) We did make the mistake of starting at the Ski Basin only to walk our bikes uphill to the Norski TH. (Hint: Just start there!) The trail is well maintained and was such a fun ride! My 11 & 13 year old loved it, too!

Nice trail !

walking
5 months ago

Great trail through town. Easy to find.

Really great views but the trail was snowy and icy as you moved away from the crest and into the forest.

Lovely hike even though trail pretty icy. Be sure to check out Kiwanis Cabin. Only did part of trail because of time limitations but will definitely return to finish.

off road driving
6 months ago

Great trail and beautiful views at the Lake. Did it in a lifted 4Runner. No problems at all. Very fun and rewarding trail.

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