Alamitos Trail Horseback Riding

The 14th most popular equestrian trail in New Mexico.

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South of Taos and northwest of Holman, the Alamitos Trail is a 13.6 mile route above 10,000 feet that is open to horseback riding. This horse trail climbs from Alamitos Trailhead to the Jicarita Peak Ridge then descends 1,000 feet in elevation into the East Fork of the Rio Santa Barbara drainage. The 1,000 foot drop into the drainage is steep and difficult. About 3.5 miles from the Alamitos Trailhead a spur trail takes a side trip to Serpent Lake. The horseback riding trail climbs steeply up Jicarita Peak Ridge for another mile. The Jicarita Peak Ridge is barren and exposed and should be avoided during bad weather.

Trail 19 can also be accessed from the Agua Piedra campground on State Highway 518. The trail form Agua Piedra campground to the East Fork of the Rio Santa Barbara is 16 miles.

Overall, Alamitos Trail is the 14th most popular horse trail of all 22 horseback rides in New Mexico. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Alamitos Trail including Agua Piedra Trail, Devisadero Loop Trail, Maquinita Canyon Trail and Cordova Trail.


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

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

Article Source:   Best Alamitos Trail Horseback Riding Review

GPS:  36.1345, -105.5311

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  7/21/2016

ID:  14329

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