92.3 miles
7,799 ft
-10,844 ft
2 miles
High Point

From the mountainous heights of Cumbres Pass to the high-desert canyons near Ghost Ranch, this mostly-singletrack through-ride takes in some of Northern New Mexico's finest scenery enjoyed along some of the state's most sublime riding.

Developed camping accessible by car can be found every 20-25 miles making this a prime candidate for a 4-day shuttle-assisted slack-pack. Or saddle up and tackle it all in one grueling test of stamina.

Detailed Description
Carson Continental Divide Epic is a 92 mile popular intermediate route located near Tres Piedras New Mexico. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 7,799 ft with a max elevation of 11,027 ft then descends -10,844 ft.
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7 Reviews & Comments

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Brybird (Oct 26, 2022 at 18:33)
This trail is badly damaged by cows using it. They use when it’s muddy and then when it dries, the trail is like riding on cobblestone. There are some fun sections, but it’s mostly a grueling uphill climb. Its a beast.
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shuttletaos (Apr 25, 2022 at 21:16)
Shuttle Taos is now offering Continental Divide slack-pack and logistics. Check out shuttletaos.com
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Cirebaker (Jul 21, 2020 at 18:51)
Fun adventure biking. Trail has a lot of downed trees.
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TMBA TMBA (Jul 21, 2020 at 21:24)
Howdy - Did you happen to pull GPS points for those trees? (Or can you guess on a map?) Covid-19 kiboshed the Forest Service trail crew this year, so our volunteers are doing what we can to pick up the slack. (I'm guessing the north-facing climb after the creek crossing has the balance...)
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TMBA TMBA (Jul 21, 2020 at 21:25)
Hit us up at taosmtb@gmail.com. Thanks!
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schmeena (Aug 6, 2020 at 14:56)
Rode this August 2, 2020. I dont recall downed trees being an issue. Maybe one or two trees down on the north facing section, when the trail starts to descend... otherwise, in great condition!

The CO section north of Cumbres Pass, however, has several (10-ish) downed trees that can be hiked over.
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TMBA TMBA (Aug 6, 2020 at 16:18)
Yup, those trees were obliterated by the Forest Service crew shortly after the July 21 report. Thanks for the update!
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  • Bikepacking
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More Stats for Carson Continental Divide Epic mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -3,047 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,916 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,969 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,923 ft
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  • Distance climb
    36 miles
  • Distance down
    50 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

CDT (Hopewell Lake - Vallecito Mtn Ranch)
May 17, 2022 @ 10:40pm
May 17, 2022
Carson National Forest is closing Thursday May 17, 2022. All of it. Stay safe out there. Check out TaosMTB.org/trails for other options in the area.
CDT (NM-Sec 31)
Aug 6, 2020 @ 3:01pm
Aug 6, 2020
Clear except for a group of downed trees just north of Lagunitas Campground (where the trail comes out on an exposed dirt slope).
CDT (NM-Sec)
Aug 6, 2020 @ 2:58pm
Aug 6, 2020
No downed trees. However, trail (better described as an old road bed) is overgrown in some sections and holding water from the monsoons.
Hopewell Camp Connector
Aug 1, 2019 @ 7:29am
Aug 1, 2019
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