Community sports

Sidelines – October 11

Posted 10/11/18

Ride the Rift: The Field Institute of Taos presents Ride the Rift, a free mountain bike event for all ages and all abilities, Sunday, Oct. 14. The event will take place on…

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Sidelines – October 11

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Ride the Rift

The Field Institute of Taos presents Ride the Rift, a free mountain bike event for all ages and all abilities, Sunday, Oct. 14.

The event will take place on the Bureau of Land Management's Rift Valley Trail System along the rim of the Río Grande Gorge with the start and finish line at the end of County Road 110 (past the golf course). Riding is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ride flowy single- and double-track in rolling terrain among sagebrush, piñón and juniper.

There are three distances for all levels of riders, including 12-mile (long course), 4.6-mile (short course) and a miniature courses for kids. There will be free burgers and live music. Register for free online and get all the details at ridetherifttaos.com.

Rock climbing workshop

The second of a two-part workshop series on rock climbing in the Carson National Forest is slated for Thursday (Oct. 11). This workshop will focus on climbing within the west zone (Tres Piedras, El Rito, and Canjilon Ranger Districts) of the Carson National Forest. The first workshop focused on the east side of the forest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the National Forest Foundation, a Forest Service partner. The aim of the workshops is to build an understanding of regulations and land use ethics and opportunities related to rock climbing in the Carson National Forest and to create a respectful dialogue among our community members of recreationists, outfitters and local residents. Success will result in strategies to find sustainable solutions related to rock climbing and access across the Carson National Forest.

The workshop will take place at the Mesa Vista Consolidated School campus in the auditorium in Ojo Caliente from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The campus is off State Road 111, approximately 1 mile northwest of the US 285 and State Road111 junction. Please RSVP with Ben Irey, National Forest Foundation via e-mail at birey@nationalforests.org or by phone at (406) 546-3329. Registrations are also being taken at nff.wildapricot.org/event-2985051. Anyone interested in attending is welcome to show up the day of the workshop without prior registration.

Self defense classes

Defendu Academy is offering self-defense and fitness classes at its new gym location. Fun for all ages and all levels, students can sharpen their minds while getting physically fit.

Defendu offers affordably priced kickboxing, jiu jitsu, wing chun, ashtanga vinyasa yoga and a specialized after-school program for kids. Visitors to Taos can drop in for $20.

Defendu is located at 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite T, Taos. For more information, visit defenduacademy.com or call (575) 758-7991.

Trail closure

The Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office is continuing the closure of the La Junta Trail at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area.  The closure is required to address maintenance needs on the trail.  The closure will remain in effect until further notice.  

La Junta Point Overlook and Campground will remain open during this time.  Visitors will be able to access the River Trail and the lower parts of the canyon from the Little Arsenic Springs Trail or Big Arsenic Springs Trail. The BLM asks the public to respect the closure of the trail.

As always, the BLM Taos field office reminds all visitors to take precautions when visiting public lands.  Visitors are reminded to dress appropriately, consider local weather conditions and altitude and remember your outdoor essentials – water, snacks, appropriate footwear, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. For more information, please contact the BLM Taos field office at (575)758-8851.

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