Taos Valley Road 5030 North

Total Miles
52.0

Elevation

2427.13 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

fall, summer, spring

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Trail Overview

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 Grande Del Norte National Monument, wildlife (deer, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep) viewing opportunities, and Black Rock Hot Spring area all highlights. Cell service is spotty, extra fuel and tire repair equipment are highly recommended. The road smooths out close to Arroyo Hondo. Slow down as you pass between Cerro de la Olla, Cerro Chiflo, and Corro Montoso and you will likely be able to spot elk and bighorn sheep. As the trail heads further south it winds its way down into the magnificent Rio Grand Gorge, and eventually across the John Dunn Bridge over the Rio Grande River. This is only one of three bridges to do so. The Black Rock Hot Spring trailhead is located at the second switchback before the bridge at the bottom of the gorge. The foot trail down to the spring is 1/4 mile of steep and rocky terrain.

Difficulty

Easy

Technical Rating

3