MTB Project Home Sign in with Facebook
or Login with Email

BEST OF PHOTOS PHONE APPS FORUM DEALS search

Horsethief Mesa Loop

Consensus:    (details)
 4.0 from 1 vote
  Intermediate from 1 vote
Your Opinion:
Stars:  
Rating: -none- change
Rank: #2 in Taos
#10 in New Mexico
#457 Overall
Featured Ride near ,  
“This scenic loop is a great low (7200') elevation ride for when the snows arrive to higher ground.”
Peter Lamont on Nov 8, 2013
Getting There     GPX File     Print
12.8 Miles 90% Singletrack 1,271’ Ascent -1,272’ Descent 6,850’ Low 7,219’ High
Restrictions
Like most of the trails here in the high desert, winter brings snow, and hellatious mud. I wouldn't ride this in wet conditions.
Overview
Horsethief is a great loop along the east side of the Rio Grande Gorge. Quite suitable for spring and fall, when the snows arrive on, or are slow to depart from, the higher mountain rides in the area. Great fun for an intermediate rider... all the way to a hammerhead. Down and up, and all around.

Go fast! Or simply soak in the vistas with friends.
Need To Know
You'll want to park outside the gate at the highway. When the transfer station closes... so does the gate! Don't get locked in.

This loop can be ridden either way. When the prevailing SW winds are present, a clockwise direction will have the wind at your back along the rim. Often it is ridden both ways. Just turn around, and go the other way at the junction of the dirt road!
Description
The beginning of this ride travels to the entrance of the Hondo Transfer Station. Ride along the right side of the chain link fence, and angle left to pick up the dirt road SW.

About a mile along you'll see a definite singletrack entering from behind you on the right (go right for counter-clockwise), and a singletrack angling left from the intersection of another road. Go left for clockwise, and a couple flowing miles down to the rim of the gorge. At mile 3 you'll see a s-track hard left. Take this out and back a mile each way, if you've enough time. Great view of the John Dunn bridge from there.

If not you'll soon swing right onto the rim (N) and begin your first of many small, and sometimes challenging climbs. There will be a short section of doubletrack from which keep a sharp eye out for the singletrack going left behind a tree (small rock cairn).

There are lots of places to stop along the way. There is another left spur along the rim, but it does not go very far at all. Stay to the right and travel away from the rim to get around a large drainage (arroyo).

When in doubt stay on the singletrack as it crosses the occasional road grade. This is New Mexico... don't expect a lot of signage. :-) Have fun!
Saucony - Type A5 Running Shoe - Men's - M...
$99.95
35% off
$64.97
at Competitive Cyclist
Topeak - Allien II Multi Tool
$49.95
20% off
$39.96
at Competitive Cyclist
Catlike - Vacuum Helmet
$169.95
70% off
$50.99
at Competitive Cyclist
Truvativ - X0 GXP 2.2 Crankset
$431.00
40% off
$258.60
at Competitive Cyclist
Giro - Remedy Helmet 2012
$140.00
57% off
$59.99
at Jenson USA
Vans - Gravel Shoe - Men's - Men's
$99.95
50% off
$49.98
at Competitive Cyclist
Jagwire - Mountain Pro Shift Cable Kit
$35.00
20% off
$27.99
at Jenson USA
Shimano - PD-A600 Premium SPD Pedal
$109.95
11% off
$97.86
at Competitive Cyclist
Mizuno - Wave Precision 13 Running Shoe - ...
$109.95
25% off
$82.46
at Competitive Cyclist
New Balance - WR1 Hi-Rez Minimus Running S...
$119.95
15% off
$101.96
at Competitive Cyclist
Exposure - Fast Charger
$44.95
33% off
$29.99
at Backcountry
Wtb - Bee Line Race 27.5 in. Tire
$64.95
49% off
$32.99
at Jenson USA
MTB Project scours dozens of stores to
bring you the best bike deals!
Today

58° | 27°
Tomorrow

57° | 31°
Thursday

63° | 34°
Friday

61° | 32°
Saturday

59° | 30°
Recent Conditions
  -none-
Add a Condition Report | View All »
COMMENTS
OTHER RIDES NEAR HERE
4.0 (1)
A challenging, quick, out-and-back ride that can be easily ridden from town.
near Taos, NM

GEAR YOU NEED
YOU AND THIS RIDE
Your To-Do List: Not on it   Add it! | Your Full List »
Your Check-Ins:
  -none-
Add a New Check-In | View All »

Share This Page
Improve This Page
Add Photo or Map Symbol
Edit Description or GPS track

PHOTOS of Horsethief Mesa Loop
 4.3 from 4 votes
Horsethief (Tres Piedras division, NM)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Just one of the many vista locations along the rim. (Tres Piedras division, NM)
© 2014 Adventure Projects, LLC Terms | Privacy | About Us