East of Taos, the Ojitos Canyon Trail is part of a challenging 10 mile mountain biking loop with 2,400 feet of climbing. The loop makes use of a portion of the South Boundary Trail and the Talpa Traverse to link with the 6.8 mile Ojitos Canyon Trail (#166) to form a 10 mile loop. The route starts from the El Nogal Trailhead near Taos by following the South Boundary Trail for 3.5 miles. After climbing the rocky South Boundary Trail, the Ojitos Canyon Trail turns off to the right heading first to the south. After 6.8 miles of steep ridgeline descent through ponderosa forest, the Ojitos Canyon Trail ends at the Talpa Traverse, which can be ridden north back to the El Nogal Trailhead.
Talpa Traverse is a 4.5 mile one-way route that heads south along the foothills to the southeast of Taos. This rolling, rocky route has about 800 feet of climbing as it heads south. It is usually ridden as an out-and-back from the northern El Nogal Trailhead, and therefore is a 9 mile round trip with 1,600 feet of climbing. There has been discussion of opening up a southern trailhead, but it has not been confirmed.
To reach the El Nogal Trailhead for the Ojitos Canyon Trail mountain biking from Taos Plaza, head east on US64 (aka Kit Carson Road) for 3 miles. About 0.3 miles past the intersection with SR585 and just past the National Forest sign, look for the well-signed El Nogal Trailhead parking area on the south side of US64. There is parking for about 20 vehicles without trailers. The Ojitos Canyon Trail starts from the western end of the parking area just across the foot bridge. It follows the South Boundary Trail for the first 3.5 miles before turning to the right.