View of the Sangre de Christo mountains from the South Boundary Trail, and a mountain bike.

South Boundary Trail Shuttle

The South Boundary Trail is consistently ranked the best trail in New Mexico and the southwest. We’re not bragging, we’re just emphasizing why you should book your shuttle early! Fortunately, we’ve made it ridiculously easy, to start your adventure.

How to Book

Step 1

Choose your drop-off location

Choose your drop off location

FR76 at the beginning of the South Boundary Trail, or Garcia Park about 7 miles in.

Step 2

Choose the date

We run daily mountain bike shuttles to the South Boundary Trail from as soon as the snow melts until the end of November — snow permitting.

(Note: If your dream date shows no availability online, please email us at ride@shuttletaos.com for options!)

Step 3

Reserve and be happy

You’ll receive a confirmation email explaining where to meet and tips for the ride. If you have any questions, contact us and we’ll get you sorted.

Note: If a date is currently unavailable online, that means we are either booked for a special event or the shuttle is full. However, there may be options! Contact us to explore how to make sure you get the adventure you deserve.

Group of mountain bike riders ready to tackle the South Boundary Trail from Forest road 76.
8:00 am – FULL SBT from FR76

8:00 am shuttle to Forest Road 76 and the start of the FULL South Boundary Trail: the 21.5-mile IMBA Epic ride to your car.

Group of mountain bike riders ready to tackle the South Boundary Trail from Garcia Park.
10:30 am – 2/3 SBT from Garcia Park

10:30 am shuttle to Garcia Park, for an abbreviated 13 miles of (mostly) downhill South Boundary Trail goodness.

Please consult our cancellation and solo-passenger policies before booking.

About The South Boundary Trail

The “IMBA Epic” South Boundary Trail begins at 9,950 ft of elevation at the trailhead on Forest Road 76 near Angel Fire and ends at the El Nogal Trailhead just east of Taos at a little over 7,000 ft. Throughout its delicious 21.5 miles of high alpine meadows and cool mixed-conifer forests, you’ll climb 1,600 ft and descend a giggle-worthy 4,400 ft along classic side-hill single-track, occasional abandoned two-track, and a few fall-line descents to keep it all interesting.

Two women stoked on their custom shuttle and charter with Shuttle Taos.

Osha Pass and Heaven on Earth

The highest point on the ride is Osha Pass at 10,710 ft. You get there via a 1.5 mile, 800 ft climb from the start. This solid warm-up is full of loose rocks and a few hills you shouldn’t be embarrassed to walk up. After Osha Pass, it’s a ripping descent through Corner Park and the appropriately named “Heaven on Earth” section. Just beyond is a gentle climb to Garcia Park which is accessed by Forest Road 437 (and our second shuttle drop-off point).

Garcia Park Down

From Garcia Park, you climb another ~400 ft (slightly more if you take the Sierra Don Fernando spur — which you should) before you start the long traverse/descent that rides downhill both ways. At Cross-over Madow scrub oak indicates you’re about to begin the balance of the descent through several eco-zones, including ponderosa and pinyon-juniper forests.

El Nogal

Along the last 3.5 miles, the character of the trail changes considerably, and the technical requirements increase. This is the famed “El Nogal” descent. If you have handled everything up to the obvious log drop at the intersection with the Ojitos Trail, you should be fine. However, if you’re struggling, you may consider taking the Ojitos Trail off the ridge-line instead.

Please note: from the log drop down, the trail is used heavily by hikers, dog-walkers, equestrians, and others. Please check your speed and ride courteously.

Frequently Asked Questions

Booking Policies

Cancellations

  • We charge a 10% booking fee for cancellations.
  • No refunds are given for cancellations within 24 hours of the shuttle date.
  • No shows … c’mon, give us a heads up so the whole shuttle isn’t waiting for you to show up at the parking lot!

Solo Passenger

We charge an additional $25 if you are the only passenger on the shuttle. However, we will make every effort to encourage others to join you, and will not charge this fee until we have communicated your options with you directly.

Sorry, No E-bikes

Sorry, but no e-bikes are allowed on non-motorized trails on the Carson National Forest. This includes the South Boundary Trail. Please see the latest policy decision.