Long Canyon Trail 63

Area Status: Open


Travel approximately 4 miles north on U.S. Hwy 64 from Taos to the junction of NM State Highway 150, then east on NM State Highway 150 to Taos Ski Valley.  Continue through the ski area parking lot to the Twining Campground.  Parking is available adjacent to the campground.  There is no parking permitted beyond this point.  At the trailhead there is a map of the wilderness including trails.  Long Canyon Trail splits to the left off of Trail #90 approximately 1 ¼ mile from the Twining trailhead.

Attractions and considerations:

Mixed conifers characterize this 3 mile trail located north of the Taos Ski Valley.  Long Canyon Trail climbs steadily gaining 2,600 feet in elevation.  The upper reaches of the trail are steep and more difficult.  For this reason, avalanche hazard during the winter and early spring is a special consideration.  Water is available for most of the length of the canyon, but should be treated before consumption.  For short trips, take a supply of water from home or other domestic source.  Day hiking, backpacking, horse riding as well as back country camping is permitted along the entire length of the trail.  If you pack it in, please pack it out.  Motorized vehicle use is not allowed.  This trail provides access to Goose Lake, Gold Hill, and Lobo Peak Trails.  Look for rock cairns as you reach the top to guide you up the ridge.  

Map of Long Canyon Trail #63

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Downed trees from the December 2021 windstorn have been cleared from its junction at Wheeler Peak Trail (90) through Gold Hill Trail (64).
Information Center: For more information contact:  Questa Ranger District.


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
3.6 miles

  Elevation : 
9,400 feet - 11,900 feet