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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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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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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Give It Five Group Rides

TMBA has launched a new initiative involving riding and trail maintenance. The idea is for all of us to have ownership of the trails we ride everyday by taking a few minutes each ride to restore and maintain them. If we all spent five minutes a ride kicking rocks off the trail, or moving fallen…

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Give It Five Group Ride Talpa Sunday 9am

On Sunday, August 11th, 9:00 am, TMBA will host another GIF Group Ride on the Talpa Trails. We will meet at the Taos Youth and Family Center parking area. This is a “No Drop” ride that is rated for Blue and above skill level. All are welcome, so if you are not sure about your…

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Give It Five Group Ride – July 25th at the Rift

We will meet at the lower parking lot for the Rift Valley Ride (Slide Trail Parking lot). Thursday July 25th at 6:00 we will do an afternoon “no drop” ride of the Rift Valley trails. Along the way, we will clean a couple of corners of the trail that has accumulated debris, but, otherwise we…

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TMBA Responds to North Boundary Ride Threat

Fire mitigation efforts are planned to take place on the North Boundary Trail area. The prescription for the area is to use equipment to reduce the amount of flammable materials in the area. In order to access the area, the fire access road (used by MTB riders as part of the North Boundary Ride) will…

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TMBA Attends Trail Master Workshop

Eight TMBA members attended the Trail Masters Workshop put on by The Carson National Forest. Attendees spent two days being trained on proper trail building and maintenance techniques. With such a large contingent of participants, TMBA showed its willingness to not only ask for new and improved trails, but also showed a willingness to pick…

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Better Trails in June

It is the start of the riding season. With it comes our first opportunities to help make riding in Taos even better, by exploring and improving our trails:   June 2 Saturday, 9am TMBA hosts a Group Ride on Horse Thief Trail. Meet at the Taos County Transfer Station at 9am on Saturday morning.  …

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Socorro Trails

Photo by John Geronimo via MTB Project This little trail surprised me because it is actually in NM. It is a 9 mile purpose built, multi leveled system. It is built on terrain very similar to the upper reaches of the Rift Valley Trails, except they are a touch steeper. To start the ride, one…

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Spring Fling – Fueling the Stoke

Taos Mountain Bike Association hosted over 100 local riders for beer, trivia and prizes at our Spring Fling at Taos Mesa Brewery. A hot trivia competition raged while our favorite MTB videos played in the background. Endless prizes donated by local area supporters of the Taos Mountain Bike Association went home with trivia sharks and…

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TMBA Meets Carson NF

Taos Mountain Bike Association Board members, led by Chair Jess Caskey, met with Erik Garner the Carson National Forest Recreation Coordinator this March. The purpose of the meeting was to re-introduce TMBA to the staff of the agency and present TMBA’s new strategic plan. The group explored how TMBA’s members can help make trails better…

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