There are 8 principal hiking trails in the Taos Ski Valley. Some are appropriate for horseback riding (contact A.A. Taos Ski Valley Wilderness Adventures for more information) and for snowshoeing during the winter. The trails are listed according to their proximity to the Taos Ski Valley resort. In other words, Yerba is the first trail you encounter when you enter the valley, Manzanita is the second, etc., while The Wheeler Peak/Bull-of-the-Woods Trail starts at the resort parking lot. By the way, many descriptions mention "Twining". Twining was a small abandoned copper mining town that was abandoned before a fire burned down the mill in 1932. The resort is built on the site of old town. For a complete list of trails in the 1.5 million acres of the Carson National Forest, click here.
NOTE: Italicized text is trail information from the U.S. Forest Service description of that particular trail.
Hiking in the Carson National Forest
The U.S. Forest Service recommends the following when you go or are planning on going hiking in the Carson National Forest:
The US Forest Service does not provide a description of this trail. However, there is a sign in the Bull of the Woods pasture that identifies the start of the trail (TR 64). It runs for about 3.5 miles from the pasture and ends at the top of Gold Hill. At about 2.5 miles, it intersects with the Long Canyon Trail.
Access: One mile east (up the hill) from Upper Cuchilla Campground which is located on State Highway 150, the road to Taos Ski Valley. Parking is available at the trail head located at the end of the short access road.