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Hiking/Horseback Riding/Snowshoeing

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:

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Carson National Forest When Snow Is On The Hills

The following is a brochure published by the U.S. Forest Service describing winter in the Carson National Forest.

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Wheeler Peak/Bull-of-the Woods

In the summer months the trail is used for hiking and horseback riding. In the Winter the trails are used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Williams Lake

In the summer months the trail is used for hiking and horseback riding. In the Winter the trail is used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Gold Hill

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.

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Long Canyon

In the summer months trail can be used for hiking and horseback riding. In the winter months the trail is used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Gavilan

In the summer months trail can be used for hiking and horseback riding. Trail is used in the winter for snowshoeing.

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Italianos Canyon

In the summer months trail can be used for hiking and horseback riding. In the winter months the trail is used for snowshoeing.

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Manzanita Canyon

In the summer months trail can be used for hiking and horseback riding. In the winter months the trail is used for snowshoeing.

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Yerba Canyon

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.

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