According to many of the local hiking and biking enthusiasts, the South Boundary Trail #164 in Taos, New Mexico is the best track in the state. In fact, some claim that the trail is so good that they should charge for it. Luckily, it is still free of charge! At 22 miles with an elevation up to more than 10 thousand feet at the crest of Osha Mountain, be ready for a workout.
This rugged trail is mostly in the Carson National Forest and has many different trailheads such as Forest Road 76 by Angel Fire, Garcia Park on Forest Road 437, El Rito Ranger District, and the Tres Piedras Ranger District. You can find restrooms, drinking water, picnic tables, and camping at most of these spots but check the website for more details.
You will be passing several puptastic parks along the South Boundary Trail #164 including the El Nogal Picnic Area on Highway 64 and Garcia Park, which are also good starting or ending points, depending on how much of the trail you want to take on. It is important to note that each park has their own rules about canines, so you have to be alert for signs stating as such.
The forest the trail traverses is filled with aspen and conifers, tons of wildflowers, and a lot of foliage that makes you think you are in a jungle at times. There are some steep and rocky spots, others that can be muddy at times, and the descents can be a bit tricky, maybe even scary. The South Boundary Trail #164 is rugged and rough, just as nature intended and you need to make sure you have the proper clothing and footwear.
Make sure you bring along some clean up bags because there are no stations on the South Boundary Trail #164. You will also not find any drinking water on the trail, so bring several bottles of water for you and your furry friend. The law states that Fido must be on a leash at all times on the trail and in the parks unless you find an off-leash dog park in the area.
What are you waiting for? Grab your pooch and get out there and enjoy the sunshine.