Hiking The Agua Piedra Trail

The 16th most popular hiking trail in New Mexico.

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South of Taos and northwest of Holman, the Agua Piedra Campground is a great base for exploring 13 miles of hiking trails ranging from 8,400 feet to 11,400. The Agua Piedra Trail (#19A) heads south from the campground near the corral. It will take you to the junction of Trail 22, about one mile from the trailhead (8,400 feet). The old logging road continues up a drainage for another four miles then narrows as it switchbacks another mile to the Jicarita Ridge. The junction with Skyline Trail 36 is at the top of the ridge. Trail 22 heads northwest into Comales Canyon, Trail 22 climbs to Ripley Point (11,400 feet).

To reach the Agua Piedra Campground from Taos, head south on SR68 to SR75. Turn left heading east on SR75 for about 22 miles. The campground is on the right. There are two trailheads from at this campground. Use the second trailhead further up the road near the corral.

Overall, Agua Piedra Trail is the 16th most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Agua Piedra Trail including Alamitos Trail, Devisadero Loop Trail, Maquinita Canyon, Cordova Trail and Amole Trail System.

Agua Piedra Trail in Carson National Forest(NM/US)

Agua Piedra Trail in Carson National Forest(NM/US)

Agua Piedra Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  CNF (505) 587-2255; Taos Visitors (800) 758-3873; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking New Mexico" from Laurence Parent

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Agua Piedra Campground

Luxury Loding:  Fechin Inn, Taos (800) 811-2938

Breakfast Restaurant:  Michaels Kitchen Restaurant, Taos

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/carson/

GPS:  36.13081, -105.52829

Date Published:  1/2/2016

Date Updated:  8/3/2016

ID:  14323

Agua Piedra Trail Hiking Map


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