Alamitos Trail Cross Country Skiing

The 7th most popular XC Ski in New Mexico.

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South of Taos and northwest of Holman, the Alamitos Trail is a 13.6 mile cross country ski route above 10,000. This 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 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 7th most popular cross country ski area of all 12 Nordic ski destinations in New Mexico. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Alamitos Trail including Angel Fire Resort, Ski Rio, Agua Piedra Trail, Maquinita Canyon Trail and Cordova Trail.

MORE INFORMATION

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

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Jan. - Feb.

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:  36.1345, -105.5311

Date Published:  12/27/2015

Date Updated:  6/22/2016

ID:  14330