El Nogal Trailhead closing May 3–4

Trailhead accesses South Boundary Trail, Devisadero Trails, Rio Fernando

Evy McLean of Amalia, New Mexico, hikes along the Rio Fernando outside Taos. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)

The popular El Nogal Trailhead in the Carson National Forest will be closed Thursday and Friday (May 3–4) for needed repairs to the parking facilities. Located in Taos Canyon along US 64, this trailhead provides access to the South Boundary and Devisadero Trails, as well as the Rio Fernando. 

For alternative access to Rio Fernando, the Las Petacas Campground will open for the duration of this project, and there will be no charge for day use. This campground provides access to the Rio Fernando and is located 1.5 miles east of El Nogal.

Alternative trailheads in Taos Canyon will remain open, such as the Mondragon Trailhead (located 5.9 miles east of El Nogal) and the North Boundary Trailhead on Forest Road 10 (1.4 miles from the junction with US 64).

The improvements at El Nogal Trailhead are being completed with funds provided through Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

For more information, contact Paul Schilke, Recreation and Lands Program Manager, at the Camino Real District Office: 575-587-2255.