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In all the world of mountain biking, Taos New Mexico is a familiar name that conjures up thoughts of epic bicycling in the mountains. Images of dashing along on rolling single track through white aspen trunks that support golden leaves quaking in the bright sunlight come to mind. Around the next corner could be a side hill trail above tree line with views you just have to stop and gaze into the far distance to absorb.

This playground extends well above tree line in Taos Ski Valley. The world renowned ski area is also becoming well known for extreme mountain biking. With elevation changes that make your heart pump for joy, the rewards of the effort are heart stopping views and sick downhills.

Northside at Taos Ski Valley offers the majority of riding in the ski valley. This self-guided fee-based mountain biking area is on 1,200 acres of private recreational development. As a mapped and signed trail system designed especially for mountain biking, Northside is a looped trail network with spectacular overlooks, single and double track routes through pines, aspen, and meadows. The terrain is best suited for the intermediate and higher level rider. For the more adventurous, one can pedal to the top of 12,163 ft. Frazer Mountain, the highest point on the property at an average grade of less than 10%.

Northside is open dawn to dusk from late June through October, weather permitting. Access permits are for sale at many locations in Taos Ski Valley or at the trailhead kiosk. Permits are also sold in Taos at Taos Cyclery and Gearing Up Bicycle Shop.

For those that prefer to stick to the village roads and less challenging climbs, one can ride a four to five mile loop around the valley on Kachina Road to Kachina Village, then enjoy an all downhill ride back to the main base area, all for free, just rent or bring a bike.

After the ride, 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.

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All MTB photos on this site were taken on the Northside.
Photo credits: Northside at Taos Ski Valley and Michael DeYoung (High T, Overlook and very top photo).



Gold Camp Trail has been worked on and the sharp switchback corner has been re-cut and banked for a better downhill ride. The loose rocks are out, so the uphill ride is nicer too.

We've scheduled another trail work day for Sunday, August 24th. Details will be posted below.

The mushrooms are slowly coming out, so we need to remind everyone that this is private property and it's strickly against the rules to pick mushrooms.

This weekends forecast looks perfect for a ride. If we do get an afternoon rain, no worries riding wet trails here.

If you have kids, the ski resort will take care of them for FREE on Saturdays and Sundays while you go PLAY!

Every Sat. there's live music in the village from 3:00 to 6:00. Check out the new lift served "Berminator"flow trail and the beginner and intermediate lift served flow trails too!

"Like" us on Facebook and post some of your pics please. Thanks for riding Northside :)

National Weather Service forecast for Taos Ski Valley.


Trail Work Days

Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 am

Not exciting work, but the trails could use some drainage fixing and trimming.

We can haul people and a limited number of bikes to the trailhead hut and kiosk, then everyone will have to ride or hike to the work area (which is not very far).

Meet at 9:00 am in the upper ski resort parking lot and Twining Road. We will provide Taos Mountain Energy Bars (of course) and water. Please bring work gloves and if you have a shovel and/or Pulaski, bring them.

We'll work till 1:00 then you can go for a ride or hike if you want.

If any of you are looking to work towards a season or yearly permit, this is a great opportunity.

Thank you to those who have expressed an interest in helping us out.

We would appreciate knowing who's coming in advance, so please let us know by the evening before.

Thank you!

Thanks to Taos Mountain Energy Bars for fueling our trail work days!


Northside at Taos Ski Valley, LLC • PO Box 400 • Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525
575-776-3233 phone & fax •

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