Northeast of Taos across from the Taos Ski Valley, the Northside Trail System offers miles of mountain biking through pine forest. The trail system is ideal for moderate to advanced mountain bikers. It is located to the northeast across from the Taos Ski Valley Resort. There is a daily-use fee to ride in this area.
If the Northside Trail System doesn’t offer enough mountain biking, head south across the road to the Taos Ski Valley Resort Bike Park for some lift accessed and cross country riding.
After a long day of Taos mountain biking, try grabbing a long soak in one of the two primitive hot springs along the shores of the Rio Grande River. The Manby Hot Springs are located northwest of Taos and north of the Taos Airport. Also known as the Stagecoach Hot Springs, the trailhead is accessible from Tune Road across from the airport (lat: 36.512144 / long: -105.718169). The Black Rock Hot Springs are located northwest of Taos and west of Arroyo Hondo near the John Dunn Bridge. Also known as the the Hondo Hot Spring, the trailhead is located off CR8007/8005 on the west side of the John Dunn Bridge and then a half mile hike south down the trail (lat: 36.532597 / long: -105.712026).
To reach the mountain biking at the Northside Trail System from Taos, head north from Taos Plaza on US64 for 4 miles. Turn right heading northeast on SR150 for 14.5 miles. Park at the ski resort base area.
Overall, Northside Trail System is the 51st most popular mountain bike trail of all 53 mountain biking rides in New Mexico.