South Boundry Trail #164


There are multiple loops and point to point options that incorporate the South Boundary Trail.  The actual Trail #164 begins at the El Nogal Picnic Area on US Highway 64 approximately three miles east of Taos and ends on Forest Road 76 near Angel Fire.

Attractions and Consideration:

The South Boundary Trail is an incredible tour of the Sangre de Cristo Range that takes you across ridges, valleys, and over several peaks, through gorgeous conifer forests and incredible stands of aspen.  The trail is at its very best in the fall when aspens along the route turn every shade of yellow, gold, and fiery orange.  Besides being a wonderfully scenic tour of New Mexico’s Rocky Mountains, this is also one of the state’s best mountain bike rides.

Recommended Season:

Spring and summer for hiking and mountain biking 

Map of South Boundary Trail # 164 (pdf file)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open between El Nogal Trailhead and Elliot Barker Trail. The small section between the Elliot Barker Trail and La Junta Canyon Road (76) is closed due to suppression repair and contingency line wood removal activities from the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire. 
Open Season: June
Information Center: For more information contact: Camino Real Ranger District.


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Recreation Areas

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  Area/Length : 
20.1 miles

  Elevation : 
7,190 feet - 9,920 feet