Southwest of Taos and southeast of Rancho de Taos, the Amole Canyon Trail System has numerous loops totaling over 7 miles that are perfect for gentle mountain biking. The trails combine singletrack and doubletrack. All of the mountain biking trails are located on the southside of SR518.
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 Amole Canyon trailhead from Taos, head south on SR518 for 15 miles past the intersection with SR68. About 2 miles past the US Hill Vista point on the left, look for the parking area on the east side of SR518 near the turn off for FS703 (aka Amole Canyon Road).
Overall, Amole Canyon is the 45th most popular mountain bike trail of all 53 mountain biking rides in New Mexico.