Snowshoeing, Backcountry Skiing and Boarding

Trails and Guided Backcountry Tours

Snowshoeing and backcountry skiing provide a unique and fun way to enjoy the outdoors in winter. Enjoy exploring quiet winter trails on a sunny afternoon. Or go on a guided backcountry skiing or snowshoe tour to experience the beauty of hiking in the winter.

You can Snowshoe or backcountry ski (skin) up to Williams Lake—a 4-mile round trip hike from The Bavarian. Other options include Gavilan Trail (3.3 miles one way), Italianos Canyon Trail (3.7 miles one way), Bull of the Woods Trail (3 miles one way), Manzanita Canyon Trail (4.2 miles one way) and Yerba Canyon Trail (3.9 miles one way). All of these trails are accessible from Road 150, the Taos Ski Valley road.

The two most popular trails for snowshoeing are Williams Lake and Bull of The Woods. More trails including popular cross country ski trails can be found at Carson National Forest. For groomed cross country ski trails, check out the Enchanted Forest XC Ski Area near Red River.

See all trails in Taos Ski Valley on – free GPS coordinates, descriptions, photos and other info.

Snowshoe Rentals
Snowshoes/poles can be rented at Cottams’s Ski Shop.


Mountain Skills Guided Backcountry Tours

Mountain Skills Guided Backcountry Tours

For 25 years, Mountain Skills Guides have been providing guided outdoor trips in New Mexico and around the world. We now proudly offer guided backcountry skiing and riding in Northern New Mexico near Taos Ski Valley. Some of the regions most accomplished skiers are on staff led by our…

Trail Maps in the Taos Ski Valley Area


Trail Name Print Map Distance
one way
Hiking Trail Horse Trail Cross Country Ski Trail Snowshoeing Wilderness Area Degree of Difficulty
Gavilan Trail 60 Map 3.3miles Yes Yes No Yes Yes Difficult
Gold Hill 64 Map 3.7miles Yes
Yes Moderate/Difficult
Italianos Canyon Trail 59 Map 3.6 miles Yes Yes No Yes Yes Moderate
Lobo Peak 57 Map 10.7 miles Yes No No Yes Yes Difficult
Long Canyon 63  Map 3.6 miles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Moderate/Difficult
Manzanita Canyon Trail 58 Map 4.2 miles Yes Yes No Yes Yes Moderate
Wheeler Peak Summit 67 Map 2.2 miles Yes No No No Yes Expert
Bull Of The Woods/Wheeler Peak Trail 90 Map 7.3 miles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Expert
Williams Lake Trail 62 Map 2 miles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Intermediate
Yerba Canyon Trail Map 4 miles Yes No No Yes Yes Moderate/Difficult