Taos Ski Valley is well known for its many hiking trails on forest service land and wilderness. Having an Access Permit to hike the Northside offers expanded areas to explore and a great loop system of trails with excellent signage. Trail map provided with your access permit. See the trail map here.
Northside at Taos Ski Valley is:
Northside is open all year for hiking and snowshoeing. Access permits are available at the trailhead kiosk. Click here to learn more on how and where to obtain a permit.
After the hike, relax and refuel with some great food and brews available right in Taos Ski Valley. Shop a little then take a relaxing ride up the chairlift (summer only).
Suggested Snowshoeing Loops:
• Snowshoe up Bull Of The Woods Trail from the base area parking to the Long Canyon intersection. Cross the creek to the right to access Northside. Turn left up Bull Of The Woods Road and continue up BOTW Rd. or Gold Camp Trail. This is a short loop going up to Jean's Meadow and back down either direction.
• To get in a one mile longer loop, add Sawmill Trail (up or down).
• Another fun route extension is going up Frazer Mountain Road to Bird Eye View and back.
Bull Of The Woods Road and Frazer Mountain Road will be packed by the snowmobile tours so you might find them easier to hike up. If you encounter the tour approaching, please step to the downhill side of the road in order for them to pass safely.
Snowshoes (and poles) can be rented at:
Boot Doctors (Taos Ski Valley) 575-776-2489 $20/day
Cottam’s Ski Shop (Taos Ski Valley) 575-776-8719 $15/day
Mudd N Flood (Taos) 575-751-9100 $15/day
Cottam’s Ski Shop (Taos) 575-758-2822 $15/day
Adventure Ski Rentals (Taos) 1-800-433-1321 $13/day
Northside at Taos Ski Valley