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Dry Fork Trail BikingHikingTrail RunningWinter Recreation

Difficulty
Condition
Good

Notes: 9.14.21 Downed trees on Colorado Trail between Dry Fork and Hoffheins Trail has been cleared by Durango Trail saw crews

Region
Trail Length
3.9 miles
Distance from Durango
9 miles
Directions
Gain
1330 ft
Rating
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Dry Fork Trail

Biking, Hiking, Trail Running, Winter Recreation
Durango to TH

9 Miles

Gain

1330 Feet

Condition

Good

Region

Trail Length

3.9 Miles

Part of the Lower Colorado Trail system.

Popular among mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers and horseback riders, Dry Fork Loop is a popular singletrack trail that starts at the cattle guard on the west side of the Junction Creek Trailhead parking area. Climb about 1 mile to a split and turn left. The next 3-4 miles is a pleasant climb through pine, scrub oak and eventually, stands of aspen.

At the top of the climb turn right onto the Colorado Trail and climb a bit more. This 3-4 mile section is rolling, then mostly downhill until it reaches the junction with Hofheins Connection. Take a right on Hoffheins and mostly descend for several miles until a creek crossing and a short climb. You will soon come upon your first trail junction; take a left here and descend back down to the parking area and the start of the route.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.34691, -107.937977

Where's the Trailhead?

dIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Dry Fork Parking

From downtown Durango, take US Hwy 160 west. Turn right on Lightner Creek Road (CR 207) and follow State Wildlife area (CR 208). Take one more right at the split toward Silver Mountain Ranch and a final left at the split away from Silver Mountain Ranch. This parking area is the start of the Dry Fork Loop.

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Trip Reports and Recent Photos

Dry Fork Trail

Submitted by: BK

Date Visited:

6/15/21

Trail Condition:

Good

Comments:

The trail is in great condition, both up and down. Everything is clear and smooth riding!

Dry Fork/CT Trail

Submitted by: Trail Reporter Pate

Date Visited:

5/2/21

Trail Condition:

Good

Comments:

Dry Fork is “dry”!  Dry Fork / Hoffheins loop good to go and clear of any downed trees. High point still not rideable.  Shortly after second rock section snow and mud (way before red dirt).   Love riding through the trees … feels like high-country riding but close to town.

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