West Rim, Rio Grande Gorge

3.00 out of 5
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↑ 300 ft
↓ 400 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
This is a relatively easy singletrack trail that follows the west rim of the gorge, offering some beautiful views of the gorge bridge. In the first mile there are some fairly technical--but short--sections. The rest of the trail has a few rocky sections where it crosses one of the many washes that lead to the gorge. It can get windy and hot on the trail, so an early start is recommended by the folks at Gearing Up bike shop in downtown Taos. They are also an excellent source of information, and have maps of most of the MTB trails in the area. IIRC, they cost less than $5, and include notes on the back from local riders.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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  gilly1970   on Sep 14, 2019
  arhame   on Jul 22, 2018
  stacilynn   on Jun 8, 2017
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  stumpyfsr   on May 15, 2017
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Reviews (4)


August 23, 2016
CFM Epic  
Review: Easy doubletrack ride along the Rio Grande Gorge. You have to take some of the short side shoots to get next to the rim. A great way to get some mileage in but don't expect to have your biking skills challenged.


May 17, 2014
John Fisch Epic  
Review: This trail is listed as singletrack, but it's over 90% doubletrack. The scenery is nice, but no better than any other trail in the area. The trail itself is about as uninteresting as trail can be. Since I'm more interested in what's under my knobbies than what's under my gaze, I give this trail two stars, and even that's a stretch.


March 17, 2014
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
Review: This trail is only 9 miles one way. If you do it as out-and-back, then it will become 18 miles.
It's an easy ride (single- and double track) with next to no elevation change and a few rocks here and there. The main attraction here is a scenery and bighorn ships. And this is why it gets 4 stars. Great place for easy spinning.

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November 4, 2010
kenoneputt Bunny Hop  
Review: This was a great way for a couple of Kansas flatlanders to get started on a week in Taos. Despite the being only our second day at the 7,000-foot elevation, we managed a nice ride of 7 miles. By the end of the week, we did a 14-mile ride, and even saw three bighorn sheep ewes, each with a lamb at our turnaround point. The trail has very little elevation change, but there are a number of rocky sections that beginners might want to walk.

West Rim, Rio Grande Gorge MTB Trail 3.00 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.
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Before the South Boundary: Turning Cranks in Taos