First Fork Trail BikingHikingTrail Running

Trail Length
3.5 miles
Distance from Durango
10 miles
1650 ft
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First Fork Trail

Biking, Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

10 Miles


1650 Feet



Trail Length

3.5 Miles

Photo Courtesy of Missy Thompson

Part of the Missionary Ridge trails system.

First Fork Trail is a moderate 3.5-mile trail that can be accessed from Missionary Ridge Trail or Red Creek Trail. This trail is a popular downhill bike descent; it descends 1,650 feet from Missionary Ridge Trail to the parking area at First Fork/Red Creek. The Missionary Ridge trail network is an unknown gem even to most locals. There are multiple trailheads that offer a selection of generally snow-free, three-season hikes in the low country. In spring, aspen corridors are carpeted with purple larkspur and sunny dandelion. Spears of lupine and alpine rose fill green glades with sublime fragrance. Look out from the well-earned ridgetop to the La Plata range and the San Juan Mountains. Great review in The Durango Herald.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.363574, -107.768154

Where's the Trailhead?


First Fork/Red Creek Parking Area

Missionary Ridge Trail southern access Silver Mesa Drive

Drive 4.3 miles on CR 240 east from its junction with East Animas Road, to the first entrance of Durango Hills subdivision. Turn left on paved CR 249 and set your odometer to 0.0. At 0.3 miles, turn left on Nusbaum. At 1.0 miles, go straight on Stagecoach and FS 071. At miles 2.0, turn left and downhill, passing a spur to the right. Follow FS 071 signs to the top. At 2.2 miles, turn right on Silver Mesa Drive, then continue straight on Silver Mesa at 2.6. At 3.0, you’ve reached the trailhead.


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Trip Reports and Recent Photos

First Fork Trail

Submitted by: Jason Bushey

Date Visited:


Trail Condition:



Great condition for out. No snow and no down trees. Water crossings are mild for this time of year.

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