Devisadero Loop Trail Horseback Riding

The 3rd most popular equestrian trail in New Mexico.

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East of Taos, the Devisadero Trail (#108) is a 5 mile horseback riding loop used by hikers, bikers and equestrians with about 1,100 feet of elevation gain. This trail begins across the highway from the El Nogal Picnic Area. To reach from Taos, follow US Highway 64 approximately three miles east of Taos.

The Devisadero Loop Trail will pass through two very different forest types. On the south facing slope the trail travels through pinons, juniper and some gambel oak. As the trail drops over to the north side of the mountain the environment is much darker and cooler with tall Douglas firs and white firs replacing the smaller drought resistant pinon/juniper forest.

Approximately 1/4 mile from the trailhead you will encounter a fork in the trail. The righthand fork goes directly up to the Devisadero Peak, elevation 8,304 feet. The lefthand fork has switchbacks which will take you up to the ridgeline. Once on the ridgeline you can follow the trail eastward to Devisadero Peak

To reach the horseback riding trailhead from the intersection of US 64 and SR 68 in Taos, go southeast on US 64 for 1.8 miles. Turn left on San Geronimo and the trail starts almost immediately on the right.

Overall, Devisadero Loop Trail is the 3rd most popular horse trail of all 22 horseback rides in New Mexico. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Devisadero Loop Trail including Agua Piedra Trail, Alamitos Trail, Maquinita Canyon Trail and Cordova Trail.

Devisadero Loop Trail near Taos (NM/US)

Devisadero Loop Trail near Taos (NM/US)

Devisadero Loop Trail near Taos (NM/US)

Devisadero Loop Trail near Taos (NM/US)


Local Contact(s):  CNF (505) 758-6200; Taos Visitors (800) 758-3873; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM.

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS La Sombra Campground; NFS Capulin Campground

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

Breakfast Restaurant:  Michaels Kitchen Restaurant, Taos

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  36.38583, -105.55743

Date Published:  1/2/2016

Date Updated:  6/28/2016

ID:  14333


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