Taos offers everything from moderate to difficult trails, and all of them have their own distinctive character! Divisadero Loop makes for a great early hike before the heat of the day, offering high altitude views of the valley and 70 mile western vistas; South Boundary Trail, originally a sheep trail, is a shuttle-type, downhill walk though fir forests deep into Taos Canyon. Italianos Canyon, near the Taos Ski Valley, is rated as difficult, and the easy to moderate Williams Lake Trail delivers you to the base of Wheeler Peak. As with all hikes in the area, be prepared for sudden weather changes and carry plenty of water. For more recommendations and information, contact the U.S. Forest Service at their local Taos office.
Red River is surrounded by 138 miles of marked hiking trails. Marked hikes range from short nature trails along the Red River to day trips through the Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area.
- Short hikes: Red River Nature Trail, Middle Fork Lake, Pioneer Trail, Mallette Park Nature Trail
- Long hikes: Goose Creek Canyon, Columbine, Lost Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Wheeler Peak
This is where you'll find the rare river access down into the gorge; in the Wild Rivers area of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. (Turn left/west onto hwy 378 2.6m north of Questa's traffic light.) Enjoy the dramatic open scenery, well-marked trails, and facilities along the paved loop road. The Big Arsenic Springs trail leads down to where the spring flows into the Rio Grande; a perfect picnic spot with petroglyphs just another 1/4m upriver. La Junta Trail is a very steep route to the joining of the Red River and Rio Grande, but a stunning hike.
Meadows, streams, wild flowers and cool forests define the Forest Service trails east of Questa, turning toward Red River on hwy 38. Columbine Canyon is a favorite for short or long excursions.
Cabresto Lake, just NE of Questa is a beautiful mountain lake with ideal fishing, canoeing, and hiking. It is the southern approach to the broad vistas of the Latir Lakes area, which can also be reached by driving north, then east at Costilla, for Rio Costilla Park. Further on are the remote and beautiful valleys of the Valle Vidal.
Angel Fire recreation trails are open four seasons to hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The trails are maintained by the Trekkers, kept free of hazards, and are well marked using signs, cairns, and diamond markers. Posts and mileage from trailhead have been added every 1.4 mile on all trails.
Angel Fire Trailheads: Bobcat, Solar Loop, Sendero del Sol, Deer Elk Bear, Coyote, Oeste Vista, Lake and Lady Slipper. Angel Fire also has entrances to the Elliot Barker trails.
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