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La Plata Canyon BikingHikingTrail RunningWinter Recreation

Difficulty
Condition
Good

Notes: 9.18.20

Region
Trail Length
9.3 miles
Distance from Durango
18 miles
Directions
Gain
2800 ft
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La Plata Canyon

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

18 Miles

Gain

2800 Feet

Condition

Good

Region

Trail Length

9.3 Miles

Part of the La Plata Canyon trails system.

La Plata Canyon trail is a long sustained climb up the La Plata Canyon Road. The top of this road reaches the Colorado Trail (at high country) on the top of Kennebec Pass. Although this trail is not singletrack, it offers nice views and wildflowers the further up you go, making the climb worth it. This trail is approximately 9.25 miles in length from the main parking area and gains over 2,800 feet. Near the top of La Plata Canyon Road, the road intersects Columbus Basin Road/trail to the right. In the dry season, this road is a popular jeeping and 4WD route in the area. In the winter La Plata Canyon Road is often “groomed” for a few miles, providing an in-town area for out-and-back fat biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.436294, -108.035088

Where's the Trailhead?

dIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

La Plata Canyon Road

From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head west on 9th Street toward Camino Del Rio (Highway 550). Turn left onto Camino Del Rio (HWY 550) and continue right on US-160 West. Turn right onto CR 124 (near Kennebec Cafe). Continue on CR 124 for 4.6 miles to where the road turns to dirt, there is a dirt parking area here. A 4WD vehicle is recommended if you plan to drive to the top of Kennebec Pass.

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