Hike Devisadero Peak

Rate this Adventure 5.8 miles 1500 ft gain  - Loop Trail

Added by Connor Bruson

Climb 1500 feet to a foothill mountain overlooking Taos and its expansive high desert steppe surrounded by the Sangre De Cristo mountains. At about 5.8 miles long, with parking just minutes from downtown Taos, the Devisadero loop is a great addition to any Taos itinerary.

The Basics:

8,304 foot Devisadero Peak, which literally translates to "lookout," does not actually provide a great view from its treed summit. However, this lollipop loop hike has many vantage points over the Taos Valley as it snakes up and around this foothill mountain. 

To get to the trailhead: From the center stoplight near Taos Plaza, take Kit Carson St (US 64) East out of town. If you're approaching from the South (i.e. Santa Fe), take Paseo Del Canon (Hwy 585) East toward US 64. Shortly after 585 and 64 meet at the entrance of the canyon, the trailhead parking area will be on your right. Park here, then cross the highway to begin the hike.

The Hike:

Take the photo op of the "Welcome to Taos" billboard adjacent to the hike's beginning (picture 2). Then, about a half-mile into the trail, you will come upon the sign that marks the beginning of the loop (picture 3). Going left (clockwise) is a more gradual ascent, reaching the summit in 3.6 miles. This way is also more shaded and holds snow in winter. Going right (counterclockwise) ascends steeply to gain the summit in 2.2 miles total. This south-facing route holds less snow. If you prefer, you can choose to hike this right direction for a quicker 4.4-mile out-and-back hike.
The summit (pictures 5 and 6) contains a circular "shrine," some stone chairs, and the summit sign. Trees encircle the summit, so there are not many great views here. It is merely a good place to stop and have a snack before your descent.
In the spring and summer, wildflowers abound on this hike. During many years, this peak will be under snow throughout winter. These pictures were taken February 2018 after a dusting of snow during a very low snowfall season. On years like this one, the hike is mostly snow-free months into Winter. 

The Area:

Taos has an abundance of natural and cultural resources to enjoy. On your way back into town from this hike, take Hwy 585 slightly south of town and find the San Franisco De Asis church. It is exquisitely preserved with traditional New Mexican adobe craftsmanship. Then, head into the heart of Taos and refuel with the most delicious New Mexican food at La Cueva Restaurant. It literally seats a dozen people, but the service and taste is unrivalled.
Extend your stay in Taos by staying in a unique type of accomodation: vintage trailers! Check out this nearby trailer glamping resort, or search for trailers in Taos on Airbnb. We stayed in Amy's Yellow Submarine vintage trailer and it was the highlight of our trip! Other activities in the immediate area include visiting the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, soaking in the primitive Manby and Black Rock hot springs, climbing Wheeler Peak, skiing at Taos Ski Valley, or hiking to Williams Lake. There is no shortage of adventure in Taos in any season! 

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