6 miles
553 ft
-924 ft
1 miles
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  • Riding area
    Taos, New Mexico
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  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Garden
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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.

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More Stats for Trail 18 / Rio Grande del Rancho Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -371 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,099 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,470 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,099 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    406 ft
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