South Boundary Trail

Taos, New Mexico 87571

South Boundary Trail

South Boundary Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Beautiful riding on mostly singletrack tread through mixed forest of aspens and pine trees. On a scale of one to five, I would give this ride a ten. This is without a doubt one of the best mountain bike rides in New Mexico. Hands down!

Believe me when I tell you this is one of the best mountain rides you will ever do around here! For logistics, time, and convenience, a shuttle from Taos to the trailhead is the best way to do the ride. Trail surface: Doubletrack and singletrack trails."

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100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"The South Boundary Trail—so named because it runs parallel to the dividing line between the former Taos and Rio Grande del Rancho land grants— travels the length of the Fernando Mountains. The trail was blazed by ranchers in the early 1800s as a route to drive sheep from Taos to grazing areas in the high country. Traversing the north side of the ridge, the route is a long, shady walk through deep Douglas fir and spruce forest. The first 8 miles of the hike descend gently; the last 3 miles are very steep."

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Absolutely beautiful trail. Hard climbing (especially for the normally sea-level rider), stunning alpine meadows, awesome downhill singletrack (Heaven on Earth section is just that) and then a final ride back to the start along the mostly downhill Khyber Pass Rd.

One note: when you get to the top of the first pass do NOT continue on the doubletrack/forest road (70). Look for the singletrack trail at the tree line (just to the right of the forest road). Otherwise, like me, you'll miss a great section of singletrack.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Skill Level
3 to 5 hours
Late May to late October
10,450 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,000 feet
Top Elevation
Carson National Forest Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USGS Taos County
Local Maps

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