Bull of the Woods Road


One of the popular trails in the Northside of Taos Ski Valley

This trail is short, just 3.3 miles, and you think there won’t be enough fun in such a short trail? Well, think again. Bull of the Woods Road is highly ridden as it is the most direct route up Bull of the Woods Mountain. It’s a steep climb that takes you to great 360 views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Actually, you don’t have to wait till you get to the top to see heart-catching views as you can immediately see how gorgeous this trail is when reaching Middle Fork Trail/ Forest Road 487. You may want to take your camera with you!


You’re going to climb a lot since this ride has a long and steep ascent. Later, the trail will get a little rocky.  


The trail starts at Northside at Taos Ski Valley trailhead.

Food and drink

Since there is no catering service along the trail, please bring water and maybe some food with you.

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From the gate at the top of the Phoenix Switchback road continue north for 1.2 miles, climb the steep 1st and 2nd Mothers and continue across Jean's Meadow.

You will then find your way up to a Y-junction with the Frazer Mountain Road. Turn left here, climb the steep 3rd Mother. The next mile is quite enjoyable since the road start to mellow to the Red River Overlook.

After enjoying the views of the Middle Fork Trail/Forest Road 487 valley, continue up the road through the forest, across some open rock outcrops with stunning views of Taos Ski Valley and the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness. Eventually, you will reach a saddle between Bull of the Woods and Frazer Mountains.

At this saddle, turn left then left again at the junction with Malachite Trail. The road becomes rocky as it enters the alpine and ends where some bristlecone pines have set root on a windy ledge. The mountain's summit is just above here. Just a short hike and the great views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are your rewards.


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5.078 km / 3.155 mi

Total Distance

530 m / 1,739 ft

Total Ascent

8 m / 26 ft

Total Descent

3,538 m / 11,607 ft

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Ride type:
Mountain biking
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Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Good
Mobile Coverage: Limited
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