New Mexico’s Highest Elevation MTB Trails


Northside was selected as one of 20 of the Most Scenic MTB Trails in the Western USA by! Click here to read the article.

Adventure Pro magazine came to town and we were featured. Check it out!

Taos: A Four Letter Word For Enchanted
Four Big Reasons We Love Taos

New to Northside? Click on these links to learn more. - Alpine Wildflower Loop (10.3 mi.)
Here is one of our favorite rides with GPS tracks and all the data. - MTB trail database. - An overview of the area. - Great write up on the Frazer Mountain climb, and a personal favorite ride write up. Thanks, Syd!


Dirty Teeth - A great ride report. Thanks, Alan! - Video ride report and great helmet cam footage of Drainage Trail. Thanks, Wade!


Northside at Taos Ski Valley is:

  • 1,200 acres
  • 2,800 ft. vertical gain
  • 12,163 ft. highest point on Frazer Mountain
  • Elevation range from 10,000 ft. to 12,163 ft.
  • Approximately 18 miles of old roads and trails
  • Subalpine and Alpine life zones
  • Click here to learn more about our abundant flora and fauna.

Northside is a self-guided fee-based mountain biking area on 1,200 acres of private alpine wilderness. As a mapped and signed trail system designed especially for mountain biking, Northside is a looped trail network with spectacular overlooks, single and double track routes through pines, aspen, and meadows. The terrain is best suited for the intermediate and higher level rider.


For the more adventurous, one can pedal to the top of two mountains. Bull Of The Woods Mountain is approximately  11,640 ft. and the highest is Frazer Mountain at 12,163 ft. and is above tree line.


With elevation changes that make your heart pump for joy, the rewards of the effort are heart stopping views and sick downhills.


Northside offers the only XC riding in Taos Ski Valley.


Northside is open dawn to dusk every day, but the snow free riding is generally from mid to late June through October. Access permits are for sale at many locations in Taos Ski Valley or at the trailhead kiosk. Permits are also sold in Taos at Taos Cyclery and Gearing Up Bicycle Shop. Click on this Access Permit link to learn more.


For those that prefer to stick to the village roads and less challenging climbs, one can ride a four to five mile loop around the ski valley on Kachina Road to Kachina Village, then enjoy an all downhill ride back to the main base area.


After the ride, relax and refuel with some great food, brews or java available right in Taos Ski Valley. Shop a little then take a relaxing ride up the chairlift.

Photography & video by Kurt Schmidt

Northside at Taos Ski Valley