In the summer months trail can be used for hiking and horseback riding. Trail is used in the winter for snowshoeing.
Approximately 1.5 miles west (down the hill) from Taos Ski Valley Parking lot, located on State Highway 150, the road to Taos Ski Valley. The trail borders private land on the east side at the trailhead. Limited parking is available, but restricted to the area west of the private land.
Attractions and Considerations:
Mixed conifers characterize this 3.3 mile trail located on the south facing slope of the Rio Hondo Canyon. This trail is located mostly along the west Gavilan Creek, but as the name Gavilan "Hawk" implies, ascends quickly, gaining 2,000 feet in elevation. The first section of this trail is difficult, but becomes relatively easier as the trail opens up into meadows towards the ridge. Avalanche hazard is a special consideration during the winter and early spring. Water is available along the entire length of the canyon, but should be properly treated before consumption. For short trips, take water from home or other domestic source. Day hiking, backpacking, pack and saddle as well as back country camping is permitted along the entire length of the trail. Motorized vehicle use is not allowed. If you pack it in, please pack it out. This trail provides access to Lobo Peak, Flag Mountain, Gold Hill and to the proposed Columbine/Hondo Wilderness Study Area.