Comanche Creek

Taos, New Mexico 87571

Comanche Creek

Comanche Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The valley of Comanche Creek is quintessential Valle Vidal, a region defi ned by open and expansive grasslands, shimmering creeks, and islands of conifer forest. This route follows Comanche Creek 2 miles before climbing to grand views from the mesas above. Near the site of La Belle, a once-thriving goldmining community near the head of La Belle Creek, the route follows the traces of abandoned roads back to Comanche Creek.

Rumor has it that these were the very roads taken by Tom Ketchum, one of the last train robbers, when he rode from his hangout in Valle Vidal to Saturday night dances in La Belle, his identity unknown to the local townsfolk. Note that carrying a map, along with a compass or GPS receiver, will be helpful in navigating this trip."

Comanche Creek Trip Reports

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We found the trailhead on he road off the upper parking area of the Taos Ski Valley. The first two miles was some of the most challenging, especially if you are from the East Coast! A winding brook keeps you company through this stretch of evergreens and Aspens in full foliage! Bull Of The Meadow is nearly @ the mile mark. The rest of the trail has incredible views above treeline, back into a valley and back up towards the summit. One of the most rewarding hikes I have ever been on. We spent some time on the summit and forgot to sign the log book, unscrew the cap of what looks like a canon on the peak. We had perfect weather, a bit chilly in the morning, dress accordingly. It took us 11 hours with plenty of rests and water.There were only about 8 other people all day on the trail. Stunning, highly recommended!

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
late May to late October
USGS Comanche Point
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