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Two guests enjoy the view from a scenic lift ride on a sunny summer day at Taco Ski Valley


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Enjoy your morning coffee or a cocktail while soaking in spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristos on a relaxing Scenic Lift Ride. Taking place on Lift 1 at the base of the mountain, the Scenic Lift Ride is a perfect opportunity to breathe in the crisp mountain air and enjoy abundant wildflowers and wildlife.

Hop off at the top for a picnic and take a hike down, or ride the Scenic Lift up and down, lap after lap, to your heart's content.

Scenic Lift Ride tickets valid for unlimited rides on selected date.

Via Ferrata Climbing Tour

The TAOS Ski Valley Via Ferrata is your chance to experience the thrill of high alpine mountain climbing - no experience necessary. Donning a harness and helmet (equipment included), guests will be personally led by our Via Ferrata guide along a network of cables and climb pre-set routes of iron bars. Situated at 11,500 feet in the sub-alpine ecosystem of Kachina Peak, our guided tour offers beginner through advanced Via Ferrata route challenges, a 100-foot skybridge, and a double-cable catwalk. Guests can progress to vertical terrain with spectacular views of the Rio Hondo and Wheeler Peak Wilderness. New this summer, guests will also take an exhilarating UTV ride up the mountain to access our Via Ferrata climbing course.

Tours leave at 9AM and 1PM daily.

Read Before Booking

Guests are encouraged to reserve a spot 24 hours in advance and must complete a waiver prior to getting on the route. Guides will call guests the afternoon before a tour with more information and complete an on-mountain safety orientation prior to starting the tour.

Via Ferrata is a guided activity. Accessing Via Ferrata without a guide is strictly prohibited. Guests should follow the instruction of the guides at all times.

  • You must weigh between 88 and 264 pounds and be 12 years of age or older to participate.
  • All participants must sign a waiver and attend the Via Ferrata orientation with your guide prior to climbing.
  • Participants must be able to properly utilize all safety restraint devices before climbing.
  • Participants must wear sturdy, closed-toe athletic shoes with minimal heels. Hiking or approach style shoes are preferred, but low-top, soft rubber athletic shoes or hiking boots are also acceptable. All shoes must be closed-toe. Taos Sports offers approach shoes for rent.
  • Operators are not responsible for lost or damaged items left or brought into the area.
  • No smoking in or around the course area.
  • Parents are responsible for their children.
  • The routes carry inherent risks including but not limited to falls, rack falls, travel on uneven terrain, and exposure to inclement weather. Participate in this activity at your own risk.


  • You are pregnant
  • You have any medical conditions that may impact your ability to participate
  • You require any fast acting medications
  • You are impaired in any way
Looking up at Via Ferrata climbers heading up a rock feature

Via Ferrata Pricing

Ticket price includes a guide, rental harness, Via Ferrata lanyard, and helmet.

1 Guest | $325

2 Guests | $325 ($163/person)

3 Guests | $425 ($142/person)

4 Guests | $525 ($132/person)

5 Guests | $625 ($125/person)

A man doing a Via Ferrata climbing tour at Taos Ski Valley

Via Ferrata Accessories (Optional)

- Via Ferrata Shoes: $20

- Via Ferrata Gloves: $10

Via Ferrata FAQ

Uphill Biking Summer 2023

Due to construction on Lift 4, lift-served mountain biking will not be available at TAOS this summer. However, there are plenty of options for a thrilling and challenging day of uphill access mountain biking.

For uphill mountain biking, we recommend enlisting the help of one of our trusty e-bikes. Plus, if you're looking for a more relaxing day at the ski valley, e-bikes are a perfect way to explore. Start at Taos Sports and bike up the Rubezahl Trail to The Bavarian to enjoy a beverage and a bratwurst! Mountain bikes and e-bikes are available to rent at Taos Sports all summer!

Keep scrolling for trail status and maps!



Taos Sports is your one stop shop for Mountain Bike maintenance and repairs in the Taos area.


Map of the bike park at Taos Ski Valley

TAOS Bike Park (Uphill Access Only - Summer 23)

HOW TO PROGRESS THROUGH THE TAOS BIKE PARK Intermediate Riders Only for Summer 23

The Taos Bike Park is built for progression! Here is how the Taos Bike Park crew recommends tackling the variety of trails:

  1. Green Chile Flow Trail
  2. Blue Bottles
  3. Grip It
  4. Rip It
  5. Risky Biscuits

Riders should be comfortable and confident on the previous trail before moving on.


Northern New Mexico hiking is some of the most diverse you’ll find in the U.S. Our local hiking trails go for miles, and can be as easy or difficult as you need them to be. Revel in the mountain scenery of the Sangre de Cristo’s, and conquer the highest mountain in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak. Explore desert canyons and go deep into the Rio Grande Gorge, 800 feet below the Taos Mesa, where you’ll see ancient petroglyphs carved into the rock walls. No matter where you choose to go hiking in Taos, you’ll be walking through a living history.

map of hiking trails within TAOS Ski Valley boundaries