About the Talpa Ridge Trail Plan
TMBA has been working closely with the Enchanted Circle Trails Association (ECTA) to help develop a comprehensive multi-use trail system on Talpa Ridge to benefit ALL trail users in Taos County. These easily-accessible, close-to-home trails will be open to hikers, dog walkers, horse riders, trail runners, mountain bikers and other non-motorized users.
(Please note: this plan is in its early, conceptual stages, and neither the trails nor the Maestas or Rio Chiquito trail heads exist at this time. Please respect private property and only utilize current Forest Service trail heads to access existing trials.)
The Talpa Ridge was identified as the top priority for natural surface trail development in the Enchanted Circle Trails Plan which was developed with extensive public input between 2015-16, incorporating over 1,000 public comments received through a dozen community engagement events.
Not only is the location convenient to many residents of Northern New Mexico, but the landscape is ideally suited for diverse, multi-use trails with a wide range of characteristics and experiences.
Recognizing the overwhelming public demand for more trails close to home, the Carson National Forest requested that ECTA develop this conceptual trail plan for the area to meet the growing need for recreational opportunities on public lands.
By increasing the trail options for all users in the Talpa Ridge area, recreation will naturally spread out. This will minimize perceived trial crowding as well as reduce encounters between trail users.
TMBA members have been instrumental in the plan’s development, providing many days of volunteer trail inventory and design input.
In addition, TMBA helped secure and fund an $8,000 matching grant to enlist the services of Trial Solutions, an international leader in multi-use trail system design to ensure the needs of all user groups were being met, and that the landscape was being used most effectively.
In short, the plan has been through several iterations as ECTA and the Forest Service work to implement best practices for creating shared use trails that most effectively serve the diverse population of Taos and Northern New Mexico.
Check out version 3 of the Draft Conceptual Trails Plan here: