6.0 miles
Distance
553 ft
Climb
-924 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of 18 / Rio Grande del Rancho Trail

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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #90712 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
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Trail 18 / Rio Grande del Rancho Trail is a 6 mile less popular green singletrack trail located near Taos New Mexico. This mountain bike primary trail can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating with a 553 ft blue climb.

Access Info

Turning from NM 518 to FR 437, take the first right. There are 2 private roads with gates. Go around the gate to the right (it seems pretty clear that many people walk around this) and head south on the road. Right before you see the next gate, go up and to the left to access the trail and you will see a NO VEHICLE SIGN. About 1/2 way into the trail, (approx 3 miles) there is a junction for Bear Wallow Canyon and it is easy to lose the trail. If you descend at Bear Wallow it will take you down to the 518. This is an unfortunate hill to have to climb back up if you are determined to ride the trail all the way to Pot Creek. The end of the trail is at the junctions of FR's 438 and 440. It opens up to a field which is used as a shooting range so be careful, or just listen carefully.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Trail 18 / Rio Grande del Rancho Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -371 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,099 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,470 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,099 ft
  • Grade
    -1.169%
  • Grade max
    -17.3%
  • Grade min
    24.727%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    406 ft
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on Jul 21, 2021
Ideal
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      Trail 18 / Rio... Trail Reports

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      Jul 21, 2021 @ 2:47pm
      Jul 21, 2021
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      Apr 6, 2020 @ 2:59pm
      Apr 6, 2020
      Mar 13, 2018 @ 6:51pm
      Mar 13, 2018
      This trail has icy and snow packed sections. Riders are recommended to ride early, while still frozen. Or, wait until the trail is dry.
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      Ak-Dan (Aug 27, 2020 at 17:10)
       This is an ok trail, nice views across the valley. It’s great practice for someone not used to ridding at this elevation. Originally an old double-track the single line has become quite defined over time. Fun water bar jumps and options for B-lines.
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