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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:

Boggy Draw 02.16.24
La Plata Canyon 02.15.24
Chicken Creek 02.11.24

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.

In Town
Animas Mountain Trail SystemFairupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 Melting snow with the warmer temperatures. Trails will be wet and muddy. Best to go early in the morning while still frozen.
Animas Mountain Lower LoopFairupdated Dec 3, 2023
Animas Mountain Upper LoopClosedupdated Dec 1, 2023Seasonal Wildlife closures go into effect December 1
Birket TrailFairupdated Dec 28, 2023
Swerve TrailFairupdated Dec 3, 2023
X-Rock Climbing AreaFairupdated Dec 3, 2023
Animas River TrailGoodupdated Dec 3, 2023
Church Camp Trail SystemFairupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 Trails are very wet from last storm and melting snow from the warmer temps. Best to go early.
Dalla Mountain Park Trail SystemFairupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 Combination of packed snow, melting snow and mud. Best to go early while frozen.
Bouldering TrailFairupdated Dec 4, 2023
Fort Lewis Trail SystemFairupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 Packed snow melting fast with warmer temperatures. Best to go early when frozen.
Ball LaneFairupdated Dec 3, 2023
Bread Express TrailFairupdated Nov 19, 2023
Lion’s Den TrailFairupdated Dec 3, 2023
Nature TrailFairupdated Dec 3, 2023
Powerline TrailFairupdated Dec 3, 2023
Rim TrailFairupdated Dec 3, 2023
Sky StepsFairupdated Dec 3, 2023
Skyline TrailFairupdated Feb 4, 2024
Squawker, Talker and Shocker TrailsFairupdated Dec 3, 2023
Grandview Ridge Trail SystemFairupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 Melting snow and mud with the warmer temperatures.
Big Canyon TrailClosedupdated Jan 2, 202412.1.23 Seasonal Wildlife closures go into effect December 1.
Cowboy TrailClosedupdated Dec 1, 202312.1.23 Seasonal Wildlife closures go into effect December 1.
Sale Barn TrailClosedupdated Dec 1, 202312.1.23 Seasonal Wildlife closures go into effect December 1.
South Rim TrailClosedupdated Dec 1, 202312.1.23 Seasonal Wildlife closures go into effect December 1.
Hillcrest Nordic Ski TrailsClosedupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 Hillcrest is now closed until we receive more snow.
Horse Gulch Trail SystemFairupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 Snow is melting fast with the warmer temps. Best to go early while trails are frozen.
Overend Mountain Park Trail SystemFairupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 South facing slopes melting fast with warmer temps. Trails will have a combo of packed snow, melting snow, some ice and mud.
Ella Vita TrailFairupdated Dec 3, 2023
Hogsback TrailFairupdated Dec 3, 2023
Perins Peak TrailClosedupdated Dec 1, 202312.1.23 Seasonal Wildlife closures go into effect December 1.
Smelter Mountain TrailSeasonalupdated Dec 4, 2023Effective 12/1 Smelter Mountain Trail is open from 10am to 2pm (dogs are prohibited).
Three Springs Trail SystemFairupdated Feb 15, 202402.14.24 Trails have melting snow with a lot of mud. Parking lot is full of mud as well. Best to go early when frozen.
Twin Buttes Trail SystemFairupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 South facing trails are melting fast. With the warmer temps best to go early when trails are frozen.
Upper BC & F TrailClosedupdated Dec 1, 202312.1.23 Seasonal Wildlife closures go into effect December 1.
Upper Ed & Flo TrailClosedupdated Dec 1, 202312.1.23 Seasonal Wildlife closures go into effect December 1.
Mid Country
Colorado Trail System (Lower)Fairupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 Snow is melting fast with the warmer afternoon temps. Trails will be wet and muddy. Best to go early.
Colorado Trail at Junction CreekFairupdated Feb 10, 202402.10.24 Wet and soft trails from recent moisture. Combination of packed and melting snow along with muddy patches.
Haviland Lake TrailsGoodupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 Conditions good for snowshoeing, skiing and fat biking.
Hermosa Area Trail SystemGoodupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24
Hotel Draw RoadClosedupdated Dec 4, 2023Hotel Draw Road now closed.
Junction Creek Road (USFS 171)Goodupdated Feb 9, 2024
La Plata Canyon Trail SystemGoodupdated Feb 19, 202402.19.24 La Plata Canyon road is packed and in good conditions for fat biking, skiing and snowshoeing. Road packed up to the chimney and gets softer as you climb higher.
Log Chutes Trail SystemFairupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 Combination of packed and melting snow with some mud. Best to go early.
Missionary Ridge Trail SystemFairupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 Mixture of packed snow, melting snow, some ice and mud.
First Fork TrailFairupdated Feb 8, 2024
Haflin Creek TrailFairupdated Feb 8, 2024
Missionary Ridge TrailFairupdated Feb 8, 2024
Red Creek TrailFairupdated Feb 8, 2024
Steven’s Creek TrailFairupdated Feb 8, 2024
Purgatory Nordic CenterGoodupdated Feb 19, 202402.19.24 All trails groomed and in good condition.
Vallecito Nordic Winter TrailsGoodupdated Feb 20, 202402.19.24 Most trails were set for skate skiing.
High Country
Andrews LakeGoodupdated Feb 15, 202402.15.24 Conditions good for skiing and snowshoeing.
Silverton Groomed Winter TrailsUnknownupdated Nov 28, 2023Waiting on grooming report.
USFS RoadsSeasonalupdated Dec 15, 202312.14.23 Effective 11/30 the following are closed: Cascade Divide 579, Andrews Lk 590, Columbus S Basin 498, E Vallicito mi 1.5 603, Elbert Creek 581, Hermosa Park 578, Hotel Draw, La Plata Canyon 124, Little Molas Lake, Ophir Pass 679 and Relay Creek 580.
Surrounding Area
Alien Run Trail SystemGoodupdated Feb 19, 202402.19.24 Trail user Hector reports that first 6 mi of Alien Run is mostly dry.
Boggy Draw Trail SystemGoodupdated Feb 17, 202402.17.24 All trails were groomed on Thursday (including Italian ice). Best to go early while frozen and off the trails by 10:30. There are some bare spots and snow is melting fast.
Chicken CreekGoodupdated Feb 19, 202402.19.24 Bauers, Rush and Hamlin all got groomed with skate and classic Saturday night.
Phil’s World Trail SystemFairupdated Feb 15, 202402.07.24 Trails will be wet from recent snow and rain. Waiting for trail updates.
Road Apple Trail SystemGoodupdated Feb 18, 202402.18.24 Kinsey, Rigor, Road Apple NE, 7 Sisters and Wild Bill all good.
Sand Canyon Trail SystemGoodupdated Feb 20, 202402.19.24 Trail user reports that Sand Canyon is in good condition with no snow, ice or mud throughout the trail.
Telluride Area TrailsGoodupdated Feb 19, 202402.19.24
Lizard Head – TellurideGoodupdated Dec 30, 2023
Priest Lake – TellurideGoodupdated Feb 19, 202402.19.24 Snowcat grooming on Priest Nordic trails was completed at daybreak. Excellent fast and firm conditions for skate skiing and classic track all reset.
Telluride Valley FloorGoodupdated Feb 20, 202402.20.24 Grooming of Valley Floor Nordic trails is in progress. Very good conditions for skate and classic skiing.
Trout Lake – TellurideGoodupdated Feb 19, 202402.19.24 Trout trails have been snowcat groomed this morning for skate and classic. Very good packed powder conditions.

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 (USFS 171)

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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