John Dunn's Heavy Horse
ElevationAscent: 1,857' 566 m
Descent: -1,840' -561 m
High: 7,159' 2,182 m
Low: 6,486' 1,977 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“Classic ride across the landscapes of the new wild west.”— J. Bella
If you're heading back during sunset, take a look back to the east when the mountains light up with Sangre de Cristo alpenglow, it's also a great ride to start early when sunrise lights up the Rio Grande gorge.
The Midtown Lounge in Arroyo Hondo is a "New Wild West" style bar where you can rehydrate after your ride. There's also a small store that's open during the day with snacks and a decent selection of microbrews and the typical cheap beers stocked.
Like everywhere in and around Taos - be prepared to encounter loose dogs on the roads! Most are friendly but some might not be, it's just a part of riding here.
Take the Trementina Trail Road to the Horsethief Mesa Loop singletrack and enjoy the ride along some amazingly scenic terrain down to then along the east rim of the Rio Grande Gorge, several scenic viewpoints can be found a few steps off the trail.
After nearly nine miles of singletrack, look for another trail branching off to the right, this leads to a lookout atop the cliffs above your starting point. Enjoy the views, then ride onto the Horsethief Rio Hondo Spur, climb a steep 100' hike-a-bike section up to the Horsethief BLM Boundary Road then ride back to your starting point.
Variations of this route can lengthen or shorten your ride by using the several dirt roads that connect sections of the singletrack loop.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Land Manager: BLM New Mexico - Taos Field Office