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The Taos Mountain Bike Association applauds the Forest Service's move toward creating a sustainable infrastructure for meeting the growing recreation demand on our public lands. We wholly support the implementation of version 3 of the Talpa Ridge Trail Plan, and encourage everyone to attend the upcoming public sessions...

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In the rapidly growing mountain biking universe, Taos is overshadowed by neighboring destinations like Crested Butte and Moab that have reached legendary status. But the reality is that Northern New Mexico is home to some world class riding that's on the radar, and so much more that's not - yet. If you're willing go without certain luxuries, like … say, trail signs or markers ... or much infrastructure at all, you will be pleasantly surprised if not totally stoked.

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When Annijke Wade first set foot in New Mexico two years ago, she was unfamiliar with the landscape and its environs.

But she quickly learned to adapt to the dry air and high altitude. She even picked up a new hobby that became something of an obsession.

My wife is an avid trail runner who runs either the South Boundary, Ojitos, Carmelita, Talpa and Talpa Traverse trails every other day, and she covers 8-12 miles at a time. Lately, the trails are becoming congested due to the fact that COVID-19 shutdowns are reducing recreational options, and people are not working. These trails are all multi-use, and mountain bikers are swarming them. Many are not being respectful of the runners, and hikers also using them.

Taos community members are striving to create a network of bicycle routes to share with the public to make cycling easier and safer within the town.