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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:

Silverton 01.20.22
Boggy Draw 01.18.21
La Plata Canyon 01.17.22

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. 

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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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Animas Mountain Trail SystemSeasonalupdated Jan 23, 2022Upper Trails Closed for Seasonal Wildlife Closure through April 15; Lower Loops OPEN
Animas Mountain Lower LoopFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 Lower Loop open, icy, muddy freeze/thaw
Birket TrailFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
X-Rock Climbing AreaFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Animas River TrailGoodupdated Jan 21, 202201.19.22
Church Camp Trail SystemGoodupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Dalla Mountain Park Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Jacob’s Cliff TrailFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Sailing Hawks TrailFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Fort Lewis Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Ball LaneFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Bread Express TrailFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Chapman Hill TrailFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Lion’s Den TrailFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Nature TrailFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Powerline TrailFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Rim TrailFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Sky StepsFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Skyline TrailGoodupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Grandview Ridge Trail SystemClosedupdated Jan 21, 2022Closed for Seasonal Wildlife Closure through April 15
Hillcrest Nordic Ski TrailsClosedupdated Jan 23, 2022Due to insufficient snow Hillcrest is now closed.
Horse Gulch Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Horse Gulch RoadFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Meadow LoopFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
RidgeView (formerly SkyRaider)Fairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Sugar TrailFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Overend Mountain Park Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Hidden Valley TrailFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Smelter Mountain TrailFairupdated Jan 21, 2022Smelter Mtn Trail will remain open from 10am – 2pm (dogs prohibited).
Three Springs Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Rail Spike LoopFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Spur Line TrailsFairupdated Jan 21, 202201.21.22 Conditions at Spurline are fair to poor. Lots of melting snow, mud and ruts. Go early while it’s still frozen.
Switcher LoopFairupdated Jan 21, 202201.21.22 Conditions at Spurline are fair to poor. Lots of melting snow, mud and ruts. Go early while it’s still frozen.
Twin Buttes Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 21, 20221.21.22 icy, muddy freeze/thaw conditions; better before 9am
Upper BC & F TrailClosedupdated Jan 21, 2022Closed for Seasonal Wildlife Closure through April 15
Upper Ed & Flo TrailClosedupdated Jan 21, 2022Closed for Seasonal Wildlife Closure through April 15
Mid Country
Haviland Lake TrailsFairupdated Jan 21, 202201.19.22 Good for snowshoeing and XC skiing. East side of Chris Park Road mostly unrideable. West side of road is good but very soft after 11am.
Junction Creek RoadFairupdated Jan 21, 202201.19.22 Conditions on Junction Creek road are fair from Junction to campground and south aspects, better for walking fat biking vs xc skiing.
Log Chutes Trail SystemGoodupdated Jan 21, 202201.19.22 Conditions are still good.
Purgatory Nordic CenterGoodupdated Jan 23, 20221.23.22 All trails snowcat groomed. Fast conditions.
Vallecito Nordic Winter TrailsFairupdated Jan 22, 202201.22.22 All skate lanes were groomed. Hard/fast in the morning with softer conditions in the afternoon.
High Country
Andrews LakeGoodupdated Jan 21, 202201.21.22 Great conditions for skiing and snow shoeing.
Ice Lakes TrailGoodupdated Jan 21, 202201.21.22 Trail Reporters state Ice Lakes Trail in good condition.
Silverton Groomed Winter TrailsGoodupdated Jan 21, 202201.21.22 The following trails have been groomed as of 12:00 PM on 01/13/2022: KMRA Nordic Trails (North and South Fields) Memorial Park Nordic Trails Town Loop (plus a 2.2 mile sled dog course) Lower River Road to Howardsville Lackawanna Loop Arrastra Gulch Kendall Road to Deer Park
USFS RoadsClosedupdated Dec 30, 2021High Elevations USFS Gates close Dec. 1
Surrounding Area
Alien Run Trail SystemFairupdated Jan 21, 202201.21.22 Still muddy in spots.
Boggy Draw Trail SystemGoodupdated Jan 23, 202201.23.22 Local trail user reported that road up Boggy and Olympique a little bumpy from trail usage yesterday afternoon.
Chicken CreekGoodupdated Jan 22, 202201.22.22 All trails were refreshed the other night with skate lanes and classic track. Conditions to vary from very good to moderate.
Road Apple Trail SystemGoodupdated Jan 21, 202201.21.21 All of Road Apple is dry and good to go.
Sand Canyon Trail SystemGoodupdated Jan 21, 202201.21.22
Telluride Area TrailsGoodupdated Jan 23, 202201.23.22 Trout and Priest trails were groomed last night. Hard packed snow conditions. Some classic track is getting rough. Skate lane is good.
Priest Lake – TellurideGoodupdated Jan 23, 202201.23.22 Trout and Priest trails were groomed last night. Hard packed snow conditions. Some classic track is getting rough. Skate lane is good.
Telluride Valley FloorFairupdated Jan 22, 202201.22.22 Grooming completed on Valley Floor trails where possible. Thin conditions on most routes.
Trout Lake – TellurideGoodupdated Jan 23, 202201.23.22 Trout and Priest trails were groomed last night. Hard packed snow conditions. Some classic track is getting rough. Skate lane is good.

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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