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Winter Trails

Winter Trails

Enjoy plenty of non-motorized winter adventures on groomed trails 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

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

Trail Current Conditions Date Updated Comments
La Plata Canyon Good 2.18.21 Snow packed for fat biking and cross country skiing
Hillcrest Golf Course Open 2.18.21
Purgatory Nordic Center Good 2.18.21
Priest Lake & Trout Lake Good 2.18.21
Vallecito Nordic Good 2.18.21
Andrews Lake Good 2.18.21
Molas Pass Good 2.18.21
Silverton Groomed Trails Good 2.18.21
Junction Creek Road Good 2.18.21
Boggy Draw Good 2.18.21
Chicken Creek Good 2.18.21

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.

Purgatory Nordic Center

Purgatory 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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