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Rio Grande Del Rancho Trail 18

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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The Rio Grande Del Rancho trail is 6.0 miles long. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing.


From Taos, follow State Highway 518 approximately 4 miles south of Taos. Trailhead is located on the east side of the highway.

Attractions and Considerations:
This trail follows a moderately steep drainage for approximately 1/4 mile, it will then make a sharp right hand turn and follow an old forest road which traverses several large drainages. These drainages provide a unique opportunity to travel from the high desert pinon/juniper woodland into the ponderosa/oak forest and then back out to the pinon/juniper. Wild flowers are continuously blooming along the trail from spring through fall. Spectacular views of Jicarita Peak can be seen at certain spots - especially traveling south.

The Rio Grande del Rancho Trail is a great place to hone mountain biking skills before attempting some of the more difficult trails in the Taos area. 

At a Glance

Information Center: For more information contact:  Camino Real Rager District, P.O. Box 68, 15160 SR 75, Penasco, NM  87553.  (575) 587-2255



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Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


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Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.0 miles

  Elevation : 
7,155 feet - 7,415 feet