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Rio Grande del Rancho Trail No. 18

Contact Info
Penasco, NM 87553

Phone:
575-587-2255
Basics
Length:
6 miles
Difficulty:
Easy,
Intermediate
Time:
2 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7155 feet
Elevation Range:
7155 feet to 7415 feet
Elevation Change:
260 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Year Round

Description

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.

In the summer months the trail is used for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. In the Winter he trails are used for cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

Tour Companies

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

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing From alpine to desert, Outspire guides enrich your experience by giving context to your hike. So that your destination is not only what you see, but a sense of where the area fits in New Mexico's history, geology and natural world. Our hiking guides are experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated to share the joy of being outside! Day hikes and winter snowshoe outings are planned to suit your interests and fitness.

Details

Length:
6 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Time:
2 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7155
Elevation Range:
7155 feet to 7415
Elevation Change:
260
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Ranchos De Taos

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

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


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