Northeast of Sante Fe and Taos, the Middle Fork route is a nice ATV ride. The Middle Fork / Lake ATV trailhead is located at end of pavement in Red River Canyon. Turn right onto FS58 for 1 mile to FS487, about 2 miles to the lake.
The Middle Fork ATV route is for experienced ATV riders and offers many challenging elements. Also, you will need a short wheelbase, as switchbacks are extremely tight.
Note: This trail had been closed for improvements. Make sure to call before heading out to confirm the trail is now reopened.
While ATV riding the Middle Fork, each all-terrain-vehicle is required to display a State Of New Mexico registration permit sticker. This includes both residents and non-residents. Residents can obtain a registration permit sticker from any Motor Vehicle Division Field Office. Non-residents can obtain a New Mexico ATV registration permit sticker online or by calling the Departement of Game and Fish at (505) 476-8000. Make sure to have a sticker displayed before ATV riding the Middle Fork.
Overall, Middle Fork is the 15th most popular ATV riding trail of all 16 ATV trails in New Mexico.