Beginner Offroad Trails Near Taos

Taos Valley Road 5030 North

If quiet and solitude are what you're looking for, you've found the right trail. This is one of the most remote section of trail in the San Luis Valley. Stunning scenery of the vast Rio…
Total Miles
49.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Osha Pass/70b

This route is the main forest road that provides access to the 70 Moto Trail, which is a width-restricted motorized trail that climbs to Osha Pass. This trail also provides access to the Elliot Barker…
Total Miles
2.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Apache Trail

This trail is an offshoot of Forest Road 70/Osha Pass trail. It leaves the main trail and tracks along the boundary of public and private land for a short while before climbing the mountainside and…
Total Miles
3.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp

Dunn Bridge and Rio Grande Del Norte Loop

The Southern portion of the trail is easy for even for passenger cars. It features the stunning Dunn iron bridge with pit toilets available. Take a short side trip down either side of the bridge…
Total Miles
10
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa

La Junta Canyon

A well-maintained forest road that is gated as it approaches the Taos Pueblo. It provides access to a woodcutting area as well as logging operations in the national forest. There are appx 4-5 dispersed camping…
Total Miles
1.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp

La Jara Canyon

This trail is a well-maintained forest road that leads from US 64 to some logging trails along the border of the Taos Pueblo. The road is closed near the logging trails as its condition deteriorates…
Total Miles
1.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Cebolla Mesa

When the sign at the trail entrance states, "Not suitable for passenger cars", they aren't joking. This is a heavily unmaintained trail and is not recommended for anything with low clearance. Deep mud ruts are…
Total Miles
3.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Pioneer Creek

Pioneer Creek Trail leaves from Red River behind the ski resort and then follows the canyon up. There are some large loose rocks towards the end and four water crossings where the trail crosses the…
Total Miles
2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Greenie East

This trail starts up Marlette Canyon before splitting off from Sawmill Trail. It then splits again from the most direct and well marked route to the peak, dropping back down into a drainage, before climbing…
Total Miles
4.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Borregoanger Cabin Cutoff

Borregoanger cabin is a foundation deep in the National Forest next to an unusual quartz and granite promontory. The trail to reach the cabin leaves from the Borrego Mesa Trail and climbs down switchbacks into…
Total Miles
2.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Borrego Mesa Trail

Beginning in the New Mexico town of Cordova, this trail climbs into the foothills of the Sangre De Christo Mountains. While the Borrego Mesa trail itself is relatively easy, it provides access to several other…
Total Miles
8.5
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Pecos WIlderness Border Road

This route runs through the open highlands of Borrego Mesa, providing expansive views of the surrounding foothills. This section is not maintained and is prone to significant washouts and ruts. In dry conditions, the primary…
Total Miles
1.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Valle Vidal - FR 1950

This route is a beautiful forest road that takes you into the Carson National Forest/Sangre De Christo Mountains. The beginning of the trail immediately kicks off with stunning, towering rock cliffs on either side as…
Total Miles
8.1
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Ute Canyon

A nice in-and-back trail on forestry service roads through the Santa Fe National Forest near Ledoux, NM and Morphy Lake State Park. This is a woodcutting area so there can be the occasional traffic, but…
Total Miles
5.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Santa Cruz Lake Overlook Campground

This road leads to the overlook campground then dead ends at the trailhead located above Santa Cruz Lake on a high escarpment, overlooking the lake from the southern end. Owned and operated by the BLM…
Total Miles
1.5
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

San Antonio Mountain Loop

This is an easy route around the base of the San Antonio Mountain. The ride was pretty with grand vistas, an easy trail, and some wildlife. Not recommended for passenger cars, no winter maintenance. That…
Total Miles
24.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Elk Mountain

The Elk Mountain Trail is an out-and-back at Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico. It is an easy and very scenic ride to the peak at 11.6k feet, where the views are incredible. Towards…
Total Miles
13.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Clara Peak

Clara Peak a relatively relaxed drive starting through the plains of the lower BLM land east of Espanola before starting to climb in the Santa Fe National Forest. 31 mile road which lasts the majority…
Total Miles
15.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Jemez to Espanola

This is a very scenic route around the North side of the Valles Caldera. It goes from the Jemez Mountains over to Espanola and is a great full-day loop with plenty of exploring to be…
Total Miles
57.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Pacheco Canyon

Pacheco Canyon is a great easy trail near the Santa Fe Ski area, just outside Santa Fe, NM. The trail can be run in either direction, but the views heading downhill into Tesuque Village are…
Total Miles
7.2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp

County Road A19A to Hermits Peak

This is a county road with beautiful scenery that runs along a creek and passes through small villages. It leads up to the National Forrest and a mountain peak with amazing views. On this trail,…
Total Miles
18.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Glorieta Baldy

Glorieta Baldy is a trail on the South end of the Pecos Mountain area featuring numerous camp sites and an expansive view of the Pecos/Glorieta area. The trail starts at the back of a neighborhood…
Total Miles
14.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Arroyo Hondo Forest Service 79

Forest Service road that climbs a wide loose and rutted road. There are many shallow ruts and a few deep ruts that must be navigated around if clearance is an issue. There is a very…
Total Miles
4.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Sp / Fa

El Camino Real y Diablo Canyon Trail

The El Camino Trail road will take you to Diablo Canyon and to the Rio Grande River. It is almost an extension of the Camino la Tierra road off of Hwy 599. It changes in…
Total Miles
8.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Upper Diablo Canyon Rd

This short road is somewhat deceiving as it appears to take you to a water pump station and nothing more. At the very end of the road is a single spot for dry primitive camping…
Total Miles
0.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Dead Dog Trail & Santa Fe Ranch

This road off of the Camino Real Road is an easy drive, except for a dip with soft sand early on crossing Alamo Creek. There are a couple of mud puddles that had bypasses. For…
Total Miles
4.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

BLM-SFNF Connector & Camping

This short unnamed road is part of the Caja del Rio area of the Santa Fe National Forest. It provides access to the large BLM area with Diablo Canyon and the Camino Real trail adjoining…
Total Miles
1.3
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Caja del Rio to La Bajada Mesa-USFS 24

The Caja del Rio Road (#24) is a 23-mile drive across the Caja del Rio Plateau to La Bajada Mesa. It ends with a large escarpment dropping 1000 feet to the valley below with the…
Total Miles
20.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Fan Dike

This is a steep, narrow, out-and-back trail with many switchbacks and areas of loose rock. Some areas have steep drops, and the trail ends abruptly, but there is plenty of room to turn around. You…
Total Miles
2.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Encino Mountain Trail

This trail takes you up into the Santa Fe National Forest. This is an easy trail for most with AWD or 4WD. Make sure you have gas as this is a vast mountain range where…
Total Miles
14.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa