Shape Up For Summer
Come summertime, many of the premiere Taos attractions are a result of hiking in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. With hiking season right around the corner, it’s time to book a room and start getting yourself into hiking shape. With countless easy and moderate trails so close to El Pueblo Lodge, we are proud to serve as your local lodge and hiking headquarters. Check out the few hikes, perfect for early season training and rewarding all the same!
Take a Leisurely Stroll
It’s important to not overdo it in the early season when your legs aren’t quite in hiking shape yet. The Rift Valley Trail, down the road from us, is the perfect place to start. This one-mile trail will take you to a beautiful vista overlooking the Rio Grande. The view of the river, Taos Mountain, and desert mesa are certainly a top Taos attraction, and one you won’t have to work too hard for!
Another Easy Hike with a Beautiful Ending
The West Rim Trail is another great option for the early season and happens to be very near the lodge. Similar to the Rift Valley Trail, the West Rim Trail has very little elevation gain over its short one-mile course. The end point is a beautiful shot of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and sweeping views of the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Kick it up a Notch with Some Elevation Gain
Of course, some of the most spectacular Taos attractions require a bit of elevation gain. While you may not be in shape for major hikes yet, the Williams Lake Trail provides a great opportunity for you to get your feet wet. This 2-mile hike takes you up to a beautiful alpine lake and provides excellent views of the surrounding peaks in Sangre de Cristo Range. In contrast to the first to hikes on this list, the Williams Lake Trail does require 850 feet of upward travel to earn your views at the top. The length of the hike, in conjunction with relatively gradual elevation gain, makes for the perfect jaunt into the high country for your early season endeavors.
So tie up your hiking boots – it’s time to hit the trails.