Camp and Ride in Colorado with Us Father’s Day Weekend!

Things are coming together for our fun weekend at Penitente.A quick update: CAMPING If you are wanting to camp, and you have a travel trailer, there is still room, so contact John @ poynterfarm@gmail.com about holding a spot for you (if you haven’t already).If you are wanting to camp and are sleeping in your vehicle…

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Forests Are Closed But These Trails Are Still Open

Credit: Spencer Bushnell It’s a historically bad year for wildfire in New Mexico, with the largest fire in state history having already burned a large chunk of the Santa Fe National Forest and now threatening the southeast corner of the Carson Forest. Both the Santa Fe and Carson forests are completely closed to all hiking…

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50% Off South Boundary Shuttles?!

Yup, that’s right. Our friends at Shuttle Taos are offering 50% off South Boundary Trail shuttle rides to all current TMBA members for all rides during the 2021 season. Why? Because YOU are essential to making sure we have great places to ride in Northern New Mexico, and Shuttle Taos wants to thank you. Just…

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TMBA’s Spring Fling Was A Force Of Nature

Credit: Loren Bell Or at least, those who braved the forces of nature were rewarded. Taos area mountain bikers and their families descended on the boulders of Tres Piedras for two days last weekend. In conjunction with the Carson National Forest Tres Piedras Ranger District, the TMBA group established and cleared ~ 2 miles of…

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Trail Master Training

We’re looking for a few more TMBA members to join the annual Trail Master Training hosted by the Carson National Forest. When: May 15-16 What: A classroom portion (BOTH in person or via Zoom) followed by a field session on the 16th. Where: Taos Youth and Family Center (Field Location TBD) We’d love for TMBA…

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Testing the new Aldo Leopold trail.

Spring Fling!

Testing the new Aldo Leopold trail. Join us for our season kickoff at Tres Piedras on May 22nd – 23rd! We’ll be helping the Forest Service clean up the Aldo Leopold trail before exploring the area with some rides, and generally enjoying being outside on and off bikes. Saturday: • 10am: Trail Maintenance • 2pm:…

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Group Ride: Las Vistas de Questa – May 02

Meeting Time / Location: Sunday May 02, 2021 • 9am at KTAO to carpool, or • 10am near WEST trailhead (in Wild and Scenic Rivers rec area – see details below.) Ride Type: • Intermediate with some expert technical options Ride Stats: • ~10-15 miles, ~1200+ ft climbing, ~3-4 hours riding Detailed Description: This is…

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Taos MTB Group Rides Gaining Momentum

Over the past few months, a group of hard-core trail enthusiasts braved the elements for a series of rides in the local area. There weren’t many of us, but good times were had navigating the different depths of snow and winter riding conditions. “Riding” might be a strong word for what we were doing, but…

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Great group ride Sunday at Ojo!

Despite a chilly wind, eleven rugged souls showed up to explore the Ojo Caliente backcountry on Sunday. Great to see some new faces and check out some new trails in Ojo’s “outer limits.” Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks as our riding options dry out… Credit: Spencer Bushnell Credit: Spencer Bushnell Credit: Spencer…

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Horsethief Riding

Horsethief has become ridable. It’s work getting through the snow on the north facing uphills (often I’m pushing), but the southern loop was passable and, at times, fun. Counter clockwise, one can take the arroyo channel down and to the west to meet up with the southern rim portion of the trail. Don’t be discouraged,…

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Winter Group Ride Doubles Participants

Perfect conditions rewarded the group at the Rift Trail systems for some snow riding. TMBA members were rewarded with fine conditions for the second Winter Group Ride. Riding on packed snow, a series of trails were available for exploring. We even had the opportunity to break trail on a segment of the Rift system, opening…

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Winter Rift Ride, Sunday

Sunday December 27th, 8:30 am.Ride the frozen Mesa with winter riding veterans from TMBA. No special equipment needed beyond plenty of warm clothes and windbreaker shells. Ski gloves and wool socks are a very comfortable option for this type of riding. The less Knobby your tires, the better; old tread worn tires are perfect, but…

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BLM is working with archaeologists to survey proposed new trails

TMBA has been working closely with ECTA and the BLM on the development of a new trail plan at Horsethief Mesa, which are set to be included in the new travel management plan to be submitted by the BLM in the summer of 2021. The agency is currently contracting with archaeologists to survey the proposed…

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Rio Grande Trail layout underway

The Enchanted Circle Trails Association has been working under a grant to design the layout of one section of the Rio Grande Trail between the Gorge Bridge and John Dunn Bridge. From their newsletter: ECTA is designing this new trail through a grant from the Department of Interior. The Rio Grande Trail is conceptualized as…

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TMBA in discussion with Town of Taos about installing a pump track

Two representatives from TMBA met with the Town of Taos Facilities and Special Events Director, Mitch Miller to discuss the feasibility of a installing a pump track on Town land. Pump tracks are fast becoming wildly-popular essential hubs for bike communities due to their minimal requirements of space and maintenance, and accessibility for all types…

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Five lesser-known trails for late season socially distant riding

Social distancing Covid times are still great times for trail riding. The only problem is that so many people seem to agree and the signature trails around Taos are more crowded than ever! Popular rides like the Talpa Traverse (best dump-to-dump ride on Earth!), Rift Valley and mighty Divisadero will likely bring you in close…

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Stop and say “Hi” to your fellow trail user

Remember we have to share trails with users that don’t have wheels. Some even have more legs than us. Trails in Taos and the southern Rockies are as crowded during this pandemic era as they’ve been in, well, probably ever. That means it’s super important that all MTBers practice good trail etiquette, be on our…

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