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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Winter/Spring MTB Trips

I don’t like to stop riding in winter. Over the years I have explored the west looking for winter and spring riding opportunities. You might be surprised about some of these areas that I have come across… I was. When looking for ideal places to ride, some of the considerations I took into account included:…

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2019 TMBA and You – A Quick Review

As we are looking forward to 2020, we thought it prudent to review our accomplishments of 2019. Last year TMBA members and volunteers stepped up, participating in a wide variety of actions directly related to creating, enhancing and protection the MTB opportunities in Northern New Mexico. Check out a list of the highlights below, and…

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Town Council Candidates Respond to Questions About Trails

In an effort to help inform the voters of Taos in the upcoming Town Council elections (Mar 3rd), TMBA asked each of the four candidates a series of questions about where they stand on trails, mountain biking, and recreational tourism for the Town of Taos. The questions were sent out to all four candidates Sunday…

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NM DOT Rework of 68 and 64 Includes Bike Lanes

Siler and Los Pandos Intersection TMBA Board and member representatives attended the NM Departments of Transportation public meeting to advocate for the continued inclusion of bike lanes on all highway and road improvements in the Taos area. Held at the City Council chambers in Taos, TMBA was joined by representatives of ECTA, and other area…

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Horsethief Spring Riding

As we approach the end of winter and the onset of Spring, Horse Thief starts clearing of snow. On Wednesday, we were able to complete the entire loop, with only a couple of sections of walk-able snow. If you ride early, getting off the trail by 10:00 am, the ground is generally frozen. However, three…

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Comment Now on the Carson Forest Management Plan

Deadline to comment is November 7. The Carson National Forest (CNF) is nearing the end of the comment period regarding its Revised Forest Plan. This is the first update in thirty years, so not only is this update long overdue, but it is desperately in need of updates regarding Mountain Biking – a sport that…

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Saturday Rift Trail Maintenance Posse Forming

This Saturday, October 12th, 12:30pm, volunteers are needed to do some trail cleanup on the Rift Valley Trails in preparation for Ride the Rift. We will meet in the Slide Trail Parking lot (the end of CR 110) and head out to do some cleanup and light maintenance on the trails. If you have portable…

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Party In the Woods – Garcia Park Sept 20-22

Join us at Garcia Park Friday Sept 20 thru Sunday the 22 This will be a perfect time to enjoy the company of fellow MTBers in the setting of the changing aspens at our 2nd Annual Party in the Woods. The fun includes camping, riding and camp games. All mountain bikers (along with friends and…

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Riding Corn Country: Trail Tale of Opposites

On my way to Wisconsin, i had the opportunity to ride trails in Nebraska and Iowa. Of course, my expectations were limited, but i was intrigued to see what cow country had to offer. As i began my entry into Nebraska from Colorado, i was first struck by the fact that its not as flat…

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