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Devisadero Loop Trail No. 108

Contact Info
Penasco, NM 87553

Phone:
575-587-2255
Basics
Length:
5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
2.5 - 3.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7200 feet
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round

Description

This trail begins across the highway from the El Nogal Picnic Area.

The Devisadero Loop Trail will pass through two very different forest types. On the south facing slope the trail travels through pinons, juniper and some gambel oak. As the trail drops over to the north side of the mountain the environment is much darker and cooler with tall Douglas firs and white firs replacing the smaller drought resistant pinon/juniper forest.

Approximately 1/4 mile from the trailhead you will encounter a fork in the trail. The righthand fork goes directly up to the Devisadero Peak, elevation 8,304 feet. The lefthand fork has switchbacks which will take you up to the ridgeline. Once on the ridgeline you can follow the trail eastward to Devisadero Peak.

Devisadero means a "lookout" point or place. The peak had once been used by the Taos Pueblo Indians to stand guard against the Apaches who would come down Taos Canyon in raid the pueblo.

In summer, there is quite an array of beautiful wildflowers. There are several vista overlook points along this trail. Looking westward are beautiful views of the town of Taos, the Rio Grande Gorge and San Antonio Mountain. Looking northward you will see the Taos Pueblo and the Wheeler Peak Wilderness area.

Tour Companies

  • Santa Fe Area
  • Snowshoeing, Hiking
  • 505-660-0394

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Details

Length:
5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
2.5 - 3.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7200
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Taos

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Taos, follow US Highway 64 approximately three miles east of Taos.


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