Italianos Canyon Trail #59
ElevationAscent: 2,725' 830 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 11,392' 3,472 m
Low: 8,667' 2,642 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 35% (20°)
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“The trail follows Italianos Canyon through beautiful aspen groves and meadows, and tops out on a breathtaking ridge.”— Chamber TSV
After your run, unwind and refuel at the Stray Dog Cantina, only a short drive up the road from the trailhead. Dine on the deck overlooking the Hondo River with one of their Northern New Mexican specialties and a deliciously strong margarita.
The Village of Taos Ski Valley has numerous shops, eateries and a small market.
Often cited as one of the most beautiful and accessible trails in Taos Ski Valley, mixed conifers, aspen groves, waterfalls and open meadows characterize this 3.6 mile trail located on the south facing slope of the Rio Hondo Canyon. The trail criss-crosses a creek several times, so waterproof shoes are recommended.
Like most trails in this area, Italianos Trail follows the canyon bottom most of the time, gaining 2,800 feet in elevation. For this reason, avalanche hazard during the winter and early spring is a special consideration. Water is available along the entire length of the canyon but should be properly treated before consumption. For short trips, take a supply of water from home or other domestic source.
Day running, backpacking, horse riding, as well as backcountry camping are all permitted along the entire length of the trail. If you pack it in, please pack it out. Motorized vehicle use is not allowed. This trail provides access to Lobo Peak, Flag Mountain and Gold Hill.
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Land Manager: USFS - Carson National Forest