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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:

Durango Nordic Center 01.29.23 Photo Credit Tracey
Vallecito 01.24.23 Photo Credit JD
Boggy Draw 01.22.23

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. 

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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 SystemFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 CPW Seasonal Trail Closure. Lots of new snow from latest storms. Trails slowly getting packed in from trail users.
Animas Mountain Lower LoopFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23
Animas Mountain Upper LoopClosedupdated Jan 21, 2023CPW Seasonal Wildlife closure on top loop.
Animas River TrailGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23
Church Camp Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 New snow from latest storms. With the colder temps trails will be snow covered and soft. Slowly getting packed in by trail users.
Dalla Mountain Park Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Trails users reporting inner loop snow packed and good conditions for snow shoeing (riding marginal). Outer loops still has lot of deep snow.
Fort Lewis Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Trails covered with fresh snow from 1/15-1/26 storms. With colder temps trails remain soft but getting packed in by trail users.
Nature TrailFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23
Powerline TrailFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23
Rim TrailFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23
Sky StepsFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23
Skyline TrailFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23
Grandview Ridge Trail SystemClosedupdated Jan 19, 2023CPW Seasonal Trail Closure
Big Canyon TrailClosedupdated Jan 18, 2023CPW Seasonal Trail Closure
Grandview Ridge RoadFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23
Sale Barn TrailClosedupdated Jan 18, 2023CPW Seasonal Trail Closure
Hillcrest Nordic Ski TrailsGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Great conditions. Snow shoes are allowed but asked to stay outside of groomed tracks. No dogs allowed.
Horse Gulch Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 New snow from 1/15-1/16 storms. Snowy trails good for hiking or snow shoeing. Fat biking challenging until it becomes snow packed. Trail user reports that the road is getting packed but has some post-holes.
Overend Mountain Park Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Trails will be covered with new snow from 1/15-1/16 storms. Soft conditions that is slowly getting packed down by trail users.
Perins Peak TrailClosedupdated Jan 7, 2023 CPW Seasonal Trail Closure
Smelter Mountain TrailFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30..23 Effective 12/1 seasonal wildlife closures take effect with Smelter Mountain open from 10am to 2pm (no dogs allowed).
Three Springs Trail SystemGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Switcher loop packed with snow shoes and now fat bikeable. Best to go early when temps are colder. Looks like they are clearing the road to parking lot to allow for some more parking.
Twin Buttes Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 23, 2023Upper Trails Closed for CPW seasonal Closures. New snow accumulation from 01.15 winter storm.
Twin Buttes TrailFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Tails will be covered with new snow from 1/15-1/26 storms. Conditions will be soft until snow is packed down by trail users.
Mid Country
Colorado Trail System (Lower)Fairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Trail user Brian reports the lower CT is good until halfway to bridge. From that point to Gudy’s there’s post-holing all the way up to Gudy’s. Best to go early while trails are frozen, snowshoeing great option with soft snow conditions.
Colorado Trail at Junction CreekPoorupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Expect bumpy trail from halfway to bridge up to Gudy’s with post-holes.
Haviland Lake TrailsGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Haviland Lake/Chris Park FS Roads 671/791 now closed. Higher elevations received several feet of new snow from recent storms.
Hermosa Area Trail SystemGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Expect lots of snow from latest storms.
Hermosa Creek TrailGoodupdated Dec 28, 2022Gate closed on road but road is good.
Junction Creek Road (USFS 171)Goodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Junction Creek FS 171 is in good condition with new snow coverage. Good for snowshoeing and xc skiing. Fat biking will be challenging.
La Plata Canyon Trail SystemGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 La Plata Canyon received a lot of snow from previous storms. Soft conditions will be good for skiing and snowshoeing. Fat biking still challenging until road is more packed down.
Purgatory Nordic CenterGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 All trails snowcat groomed and in great conditions.
Vallecito Nordic Winter TrailsGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Sweet corduroy on the skating lanes. The classic tracks remain sweet-and fast.
High Country
Andrews LakeSeasonalupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Andrews Lake FS 590 road now closed. Lots of new snow accumulation from recent storms.
High Country TrailsSeasonalupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 More snow accumulation from 1/15-1/16 storms.
West Lime CreekGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 New snow from 1/15-1/16 storms. Soft, slow conditions but should be good for xc skiing and snow shoeing.
Silverton Groomed Winter TrailsGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Waiting on grooming report.
Surrounding Area
Boggy Draw Trail SystemGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Boggy was groomed last week. They groomed Speedy, Olympique and put in Grayson loop. Grayson loop still a bit soft compared to Speedy and Olypmique.
Chicken CreekGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 New corduroy and classic track everywhere.
Road Apple Trail SystemPoorupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 More snow from 1/15-1/16 storms.
Sand Canyon Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23
Telluride Area TrailsGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23
Priest Lake – TellurideGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Priest trails have been snowcat groomed for skate and classic.
Telluride Valley FloorGoodupdated Jan 25, 202301.25.23 Groom of fresh snow on Valley Floor Nordic trails in progress. Classic track will be reset when snowfall ceases. Packet powder conditions.
Trout Lake – TellurideGoodupdated Jan 30, 202301.30.23 Trout groom cancelled for snow day.

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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