Guide Book: Mountain Bike Singletrack (Durango, Cortez, Dolores and Rico)



54 Singletrack rides | Full color photos of the trails | Custom topo maps by Singletracks Maps | Elevation profiles for each ride | Bike shops, guide and shuttle services

Guidebook By Holly Annala

This guidebook is loaded with singletrack rides in the southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico area. Basic details, an elevation profile and a short description help you decide on a singletrack adventure that fits your ability, desires, and time schedule for the day. Once you decide, step by step details and accurate topo maps from Singletrack Maps help you find the ride and enjoy it without a lot of deciphering at intersections. All the classics are included as well as many little known rides for the big adventurer.

Durango, Cortez, Dolores, Silverton, Rico, Aztec and Farmington are in the midst of three high mountain ranges and are surrounded by rolling Pinyon-juniper and high desert country; a perfect landscape and climate for a great variety of trails and for quality riding nearly year-round. The mountain trails cross spectacular passes, traverse steep wildflower meadows and wind in and out of forested valleys. The high desert singletracks swoop through arroyos and roll over slickrock. This guide covers all the best riding in the area, from Rolling Pass on the Colorado Trail at 12,500 feet to the Road Apple Rally in Farmington, New Mexico at 5,300 feet!

Enjoy amazing views and great singletrack in the San Juan and La Plata Mountains on the Colorado Trail. Ride smooth, fast trails in wide open Pinyon-juniper country in Horse Gulch and at Phil’s World. Roll through giant groves of aspen on the Salt Creek and Pinkerton-Flagstaff Trails. View archeological ruins in Sand Canyon from desert singletrack. Experience amazing ridge-top riding on the Calico Trail. Take the whole family camping and riding in Boggy Draw. Challenge your downhill skills on Haflin Creek and Snake Charmer Trails. Visit a UFO crash site in Aztec on the Alien Trail. Explore little known Sharkstooth, White Creek, Groundhog, Engine Creek and Mountain View Trails with this guide.

Author Holly Annala grew up in Durango and has ridden every trail in the guide several times.

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