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Winter Trails and Conditions

Winter Trails and Conditions

Enjoy plenty of non-motorized winter adventures on trails groomed for cross-country skiing (skate, classic, touring), fat biking and snowshoeing.

Please follow best practices and understand that the groomed trails are put in for forms of winter recreation that requires it for access, such as skate skiing, classic tracks and fat biking. Snowshoers and walkers should stay to the right, off the track, and dogs are not allowed in all locations. 

Photo credit: Brett Davis

Recent images from our trail reporters:

Horse Gulch Road 3.18.22
Road Apple 3.18.22
La Plata Canyon 3.16.22

More photos and information can also be found on the Durango Trails Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.
We appreciate your help in keeping this report accurate.

Know Before You Go

Before heading out on your winter adventure, please review all trail etiquette and make sure to follow these guidelines to ensure all trail users have a great experience!
 
1) Skate-skiers need a groomed track. If you are classic skiing, please stay to the right in the cross country track. Snowshoers should stay to the right of the groomed skate and class track. 
 
2) Dogs are allowed off leash in certain locations but you must have control of your dog. Allowing your dog to poop in the snow and not picking it up is not good trail manners. If your dog runs away from you and you can’t see it, that is not having control of your dog. If you have to say “Come, Fido” more than once, that is not having control of your dog. If a skier needs to stop or slow down so your dog does not take them out, that is not having control of your dog. You get the idea.
 
3) Be in control. Uphill traffic still has the right of way in skiing, too. 
 
4) Fat Bikes: Make sure to have wide tires — deep snow coverage may require tires wider than 3.5 inches. Tire pressure will often be less than 10 PSI. 4-6 is typical. You’ll need enough floatation that you can travel over snow without leaving a rut deeper than one inch and sufficient traction that you are able to safely control your bike and ride in a straight line. 

Get Outside

Current Winter Trail Conditions

The Winter Trail Conditions page is intended to provide you updates on area Winter Trails available for cross country ski trails (groomed or ungroomed), hiking, trail running or fat biking. This is not a weather report, but based on our best information from Trail Reporters. If you encounter something different, please message us so we can update the information.

Expect varying conditions based on time of day (ice and hardpack in the morning, and softer once the sun hits the trail). Please check avalanche reports if heading out to higher elevation trails.

More photos and information can be found on the Durango Trails Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

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In Town
Animas Mountain Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22 Fire mitigation project through the Fall. Look for workers and equipment in the area.
Animas Mountain Lower LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Animas Mountain Upper LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Birket TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Merv TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Sick Bird TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Swerve TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
X-Rock Climbing AreaGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Animas River TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Church Camp Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Church Camp LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Ridge Hike TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Dalla Mountain Park Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Bouldering TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Jacob’s Cliff TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Sailing Hawks TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Fort Lewis Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Ball LaneGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Bread Express TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Chapman Hill Jump & Flow LinesGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Chapman Hill Kid’s Up-Down TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Chapman Hill TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Lamppost TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Lion’s Den TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Nature TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Powerline TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Rim TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Sky StepsGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Skyline TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Squawker, Talker and Shocker TrailsGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Grandview Ridge Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Big Canyon TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Carbon Junction TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Cowboy TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Crites Connect TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Grandview Ridge RoadGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Old Car LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Sale Barn TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Sidewinder TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Skull Rock TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
South Rim TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Yellow Brick Road TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Horse Gulch Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22 Fire mitigation project along Horse Gulch Road through the Fall. Be aware of workers and equipment in the area.
Ben’s Down N Out TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Cap’s TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Charmed (Formerly Snakecharmer)Goodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Cuchillo TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Drop Over TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
EZ TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Flame Out TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Half Ridge TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Horse Gulch RoadGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Meadow LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Medicine TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Mike’s TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Milky Way TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Raider Ridge TrailsGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
RidgeView (formerly SkyRaider)Goodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Rocky Road TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Send It (formerly Anasazi) DescentGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Stacy’s LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Sugar TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Telegraph TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Zip Line TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Overend Mountain Park Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
8 Bells TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Brown’s Ridge TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Crestview TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Ella Vita TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Englehart’s TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Falcon TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Grabens LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Hidden Valley TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Hogsback TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Hogsfoot TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Ned’s Hill TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Perin’s Gulch TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Spirit TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Star Wars DescentGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Perins Peak TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Smelter Mountain TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Three Springs Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Rail Spike LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Spur Line TrailsGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Switcher LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Three Springs Connect LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Water Tank RoadGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Twin Buttes Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Cliffrock LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Lightner Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Lower BC & F TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Lower Ed & Flo TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Mid Traverse TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
The Buttes TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Twin Buttes East TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Twin Buttes TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Upper BC & F TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Upper Ed & Flo TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Mid Country
Blackhawk PassGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Colorado Trail System (Lower)Goodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22 Durango Trails saw crews have cleared over 125 downed trees on Segment 28 this season (Junction Creek, Dry Fork, Hoffheins, High Point, Wall’s Gulch, Champion Venture).
Dry Fork TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
High PointGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Hoffheins TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Cutthroat TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Haviland Lake TrailsGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Hermosa Area Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Big LickGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Bolam Pass RoadGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22 Upper portion of FS Rd 149 (connecting Barlow to CT) has been closed where it travels through the meadow. The FS has graded Barlow Creek road as alternate route over Bolam Pass to Celebration Lake.
Corral Draw TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Dutch Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Elbert Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Goulding Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Hermosa Creek TrailFairupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Hotel Draw RoadFairupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Jones Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Little Elk TrailPoorupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22. Reports of multiple downed trees.
Mitchell Lakes TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Pinkerton-Flagstaff TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Salt Creek West to Rico-Silverton TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
West Cross Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Junction Creek RoadGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
La Plata Canyon Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Log Chutes Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Animas Overlook TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Log Chutes 1Goodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Log Chutes 2Goodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Log Chutes 3Goodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Log Chutes DownhillGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Westview LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Missionary Ridge Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
First Fork TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Haflin Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Missionary Ridge TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Red Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Steven’s Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Roaring Fork TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Vallecito Lake Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Cave Basin TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Lake Eileen TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Pine River TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Vallecito Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
High Country
Andrews LakeGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Colorado Trail System (High Country)Goodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Colorado Trail from Champion VentureGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Engine Creek TrailGoodupdated Jun 30, 2022
Indian Trail RidgeGoodupdated Jun 30, 2022
Molas PassGoodupdated Jul 4, 2022
Rico-Silverton TrailGoodupdated Jun 30, 2022
Sharkstooth TrailGoodupdated Jun 30, 2022
Walls Gulch Bridge TrailGoodupdated Jul 26, 2022
High Country TrailsGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Cascade Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Coal Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Columbine/Ruby LakesGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Crater Lake TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Cunningham GulchGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Deer Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
East Fork TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Engineer Mountain TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Graysill TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Highland Mary LakesGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Pass Creek TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Spud Lake TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
West Lime CreekGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Whitehead TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Ice Lakes TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Purgatory Trail SystemClosedupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22 Summer activities now closed.
Purgatory Flow TrailClosedupdated Oct 4, 2022
Silverton Area TrailsGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Velocity BasinGoodupdated Jul 11, 2022
USFS RoadsGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22 Upper portion of FS Rd 149 (connecting Barlow to CT) has been closed where it travels through the meadow. The FS has graded Barlow Creek road as alternate route over Bolam Pass to Celebration Lake. Hotel Draw and Roaring Fork roads has ruts and erosion from summer storms. Currently work is being done on South Mineral Road (FS 585) through October.
Weminuche Wilderness TrailsGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Surrounding Area
Alien Run Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Alien Run TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Black Hole LoopGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Outer Limits TrailGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Boggy Draw Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Bean Canyon TrailGoodupdated May 3, 2022
Boggy Draw Loop TrailGoodupdated Apr 19, 2022
Boggy Draw Lower LoopGoodupdated Apr 19, 2022
Boggy Draw Upper LoopGoodupdated Apr 19, 2022
Italian Canyon TrailGoodupdated Apr 19, 2022
Mavericks Loop TrailGoodupdated Apr 19, 2022
McPhee Overlook TrailGoodupdated May 24, 2022
Chicken CreekGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Phil’s World Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
2 More TrailGoodupdated May 30, 2022
Abajo TrailGoodupdated May 30, 2022
Bob’s LoopGoodupdated May 30, 2022
Coco TrailGoodupdated May 30, 2022
Here for More TrailGoodupdated May 30, 2022
Hippie House TrailGoodupdated May 30, 2022
Ledges LoopGoodupdated May 30, 2022
Lemonhead TrailGoodupdated May 30, 2022
Phil’s World Main LoopGoodupdated May 30, 2022
Road Apple Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Sand Canyon Trail SystemGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22
Telluride Area TrailsGoodupdated Oct 4, 202210.03.22

Find Your Adventure

All Winter Trails

La Plata Canyon

Enjoy fat biking and touring skiing up the groomed County Road. Snowmobiles are allowed on the road but typically it is to access cabins or backcountry terrain. It is an out and back road and does not go through. 

Hillcrest Golf Course

The golf course grooms a track for skate and class cross-country skiing when there is enough snow. This in-town 5k track is a community treasure. Due to the fact that it is a golf course, travel across the course and off the track is not permitted. Dogs are not allowed.

Durango Nordic Center

Durango Nordic Center is groomed for cross country skiing and you must purchase a pass to ski. Dogs are not allowed.

Vallecito Nordic at Vallecito Lake

At Vallecito Nordic you will find approximately 15km of nordic trails groomed for classic and skate skiing along the beautiful shores of Vallecito Reservoir. Ski trails are groomed for only nordic skiing and a separate snowshoe trail starts just below Old Timers campground (our trailhead). No fat bikes or aggressive dogs allowed.

Andrews Lake

Just past Molas Lake, look for a parking lot on the east side of the highway. It is not groomed but good for touring skiing and snowshoeing.

Molas Pass

Typically groomed by the snowmobile club, the area offers great fat biking and nordic skiing options.

Silverton Groomed Trails

Silverton groomed ski trails are fantastic for fat biking and cross country skiing (skate and classic), located at Kendall Mountain and Memorial Park.

Junction Creek Road

Junction Creek Road is a great area for touring skiing and fat biking (once compacted). Start just past the lower gate.

Boggy Draw

Boggy Draw has 14 miles of groomed fat bike trails starting at FS Road 527 (Boggy Draw Road). Snowshoers and walkers should stay to the right of the groomed track. 

Chicken Creek

Chicken Creek is located outside of Mancos and is groomed for cross country skiing (skate and a class track). No walking on the groomed trails. 
 
To get there, take 184 north from Mancos 3 miles, then turn right on CR 42/Millwood Rd. Folllow this 3 miles until you reach the National Forest. Take a right into the Chicken Creek parking lot.

Priest Lake and Trout Lake

Priest Lake and Trout Lake are located 12.5 miles south of Telluride, on the east side of Hwy 145, just past the Materhorn Campground off of Lizard Head Pass. The trail head is at the Forest Service facility about 500 yards past the campground entrance.

These trails feature a variety of interconnected loops over rolling terrain approximately 10 miles north of the top of Lizard Head Pass and are groomed for cross country skiing.

Additionally, there are six nordic skiing areas in the immediate vicinity: Telluride Town Park, the Valley Floor, the golf course in Mountain Village, the top of Chair Ten (TopAten) on the ski area, Trout Lake and Priest Lake. Each offer different terrain, varied lengths of groomed trail and excellent views.

Fat bikes should not be used on trails at Priest or Trout Lake but there are designate multi-use trails on the Valley Floor where mountain bikes may be used. Dogs are not allowed on any groomed trail on the Valley Floor. 

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