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SBT: Heaven on Earth

Intermediate

Trail

12.4 mile 20.0 kilometer out and back
85% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,575' 480 m
Descent: -1,575' -480 m
High: 10,721' 3,268 m
Low: 9,541' 2,908 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by J. Bella

A fast, flowy out and back ride from Garcia Park along sections of the South Boundary Trail

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Overview

Heaven on Earth is the segment of the SBT between Osha and Garcia Parks. This is a great half-day ride utilizing the smoothest singletrack segments on this renowned trail, through mixed conifer and colorful aspen forests. Expect high traffic especially during September and October when the fall colors are at their peak.

Need to Know

Lots of side rides are possible along this route, including access to the Rio Chiquito, Rito de la Olla and Elliot Barker trails.

Description

From the junction with 585 in Taos drive 10 miles east on 64 and turn right into Valle Escondido. Drive up the dirt road a half mile then turn right on FR 437. Garcia Park is about 7 miles up this road, most of the road is in decent condition with some rocky sections and a couple potholes near the top to watch for. After the road levels out it leads to a large open meadow rolling down to the west. The trailhead is on the left and is signed.

This is a pretty straight forward ride along mostly singletrack trail. Descend about 1.8 miles to a stream crossing then continue on the trail as it climbs for several miles through open aspen glades and conifer forests with the smoothest mountain dirt around. At Quintana Pass there's a nice view where a doubletrack heads southwest, the SBT continues to the left.

After climbing some rolling alpine meadows at Corner Park, follow the trail left through a stand of conifers, pass a sign aimed to downhill riders and the trail transitions to rocky doubletrack for the last climb to Osha Park. Arrive at a trail junction on Osha Peak's rolling south ridge, there's a sign here with directional arrows to the Trail #164 trailhead and Elliot Barker Trails, and a road continuing straight which leads to FR 153 and the Rio Chiquito trailhead.

Head back the way you came, and enjoy the well earned downhill! The return descent is one of the sweetest in NM. The trail rolls through the Corner Park meadows with a few smooth berms to get your tires off the ground, then drops into the forests. After riding for a few minutes, it's clear why this section was named Heaven on Earth! During Autumn when the trail is covered with aspen leaves and there are colors in the canopy, nature creates some amazing light to ride in. There are enough roots and rocks to keep the trail somewhat technical and it's usually well-maintained with a clear corridor, keep your speed in check around the turns where trees have been cut and where other trail users may not be visible.

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Aug 16, 2019
Harlan Price
In great shape! Out and back from Garcia Park to OSHA pass.
Aug 11, 2019
Kurt Dietrich
Jul 10, 2018
Liz Hall
Well marked. Dolly fun. Not technical 6.3mi
Jun 14, 2018
Jennifer Johnson
12.6mi
May 12, 2018
Francis Malaj
Wife and I are beginners and it took approximately 2 hours with breaks for snacks and pictures. Awesome trail!
Jun 20, 2017
Joshua Fresquez
Gnarly tree jumps!
Jun 10, 2017
Matt Kniess
Lot of trees down, close to 15 or so, rest of the trail is in good shape! 12.4mi
Sep 20, 2016
Vic Petri
A lot of roots and rocks make the uphill challenging but the downhill is great. Great scenery. 12.4mi

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 16 votes

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Photos

Hittin' booters and poppin' wheelies coming down the SBT outside of Angel Fire, NM!
Jul 23, 2016 near Angel Fire, NM
South Boundary singletrack.
Aug 12, 2017 near Angel Fire, NM
Ripping singletrack at the top of the South Boundary Trail!
Jul 23, 2016 near Angel Fire, NM
Such sweet singletrack on Heaven on Earth... the trail deserves its name!
Jul 23, 2016 near Angel Fire, NM
Corner Park on a dry bluebird day.
Jun 17, 2016 near Angel Fire, NM
Very fast downhill section under the forest canopy.  Lots of fun.
Jul 6, 2015 near Angel Fire, NM

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