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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. 

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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 SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 CO Parks and Wildlife and BLM extended closure at the very top of Animas Mountain for a peregrine falcon nest. Durango Trails built a trail south of this location.
Animas Mountain Lower LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Animas Mountain Upper LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Birket TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Merv TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Sick Bird TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Swerve TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
X-Rock Climbing AreaGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Animas River TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Church Camp Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Church Camp LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Ridge Hike TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Dalla Mountain Park Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Bouldering TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Jacob’s Cliff TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Sailing Hawks TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Fort Lewis Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Ball LaneGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Bread Express TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Chapman Hill TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Lamppost TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Lion’s Den TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Nature TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Powerline TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Rim TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Sky StepsGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Skyline TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Squawker, Talker and Shocker TrailsGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Grandview Ridge Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Big Canyon TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Carbon Junction TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Cowboy TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Crites Connect TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Grandview Ridge RoadGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Old Car LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Sale Barn TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Sidewinder TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Skull Rock TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
South Rim TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Yellow Brick Road TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Horse Gulch Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Ben’s Down N Out TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Cap’s TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Charmed (Formerly Snakecharmer)Goodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Cuchillo TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Drop Over TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
EZ TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Flame Out TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Horse Gulch RoadGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Meadow LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Medicine TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Mike’s TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Milky Way TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Raider Ridge TrailsGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
RidgeView (formerly SkyRaider)Goodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Rocky Road TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Send It (formerly Anasazi) DescentGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Stacy’s LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Sugar TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Telegraph TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Zip Line TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Overend Mountain Park Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
8 Bells TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Brown’s Ridge TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Crestview TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Ella Vita TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Englehart’s TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Falcon TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Grabens LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Hidden Valley TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Hogsback TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Hogsfoot TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Ned’s Hill TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Perin’s Gulch TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Spirit TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Star Wars DescentGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Perins Peak TrailClosedupdated Apr 9, 2022Closed through July 15
Smelter Mountain TrailGoodupdated Apr 25, 2022Smelter Mtn Trail will remain open from 10am – 2pm
Three Springs Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Rail Spike LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Spur Line TrailsGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Switcher LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Three Springs Connect LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Water Tank RoadGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Twin Buttes Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Cliffrock LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Lightner Creek TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Lower BC & F TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Lower Ed & Flo TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Mid Traverse TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
The Buttes TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Twin Buttes East TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Twin Buttes TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Upper BC & F TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Upper Ed & Flo TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Mid Country
Colorado Trail System (Lower)Goodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Durango Trails Crew have cleared 20 downed trees on the CT to Dry Fork and cleared 16 trees up to High Point.
Colorado Trail at Junction CreekGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Durango Trails Crew cleared downed trees on the CT from Junction to Dry Fork and cleared 16 trees up to High Point.
Dry Fork TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Trail Crew cleared downed trees on the CT from Junction to Dry Fork and 16 additional downed trees up to High Point.
High PointGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Durango Trails crew have cleared 16 trees to High Point.
Hoffheins TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Durango Trails Crew cleared downed trees on the CT from Junction to Dry Fork and cleared another 16 trees up to High Point.
Haviland Lake TrailsGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Haviland Lake Roads #671/691 now open. Local trail user Jim says all trails at Haviland are dry, clear and good to go.
Hermosa Area Trail SystemFairupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Lower Hermosa Road #576 and #578 now open. Upper Hermosa trail is blocked by dozens of downed trees. Clearing efforts will be happening in the next several weeks. Jones and Dutch Loop cleared as of today.
Dutch Creek TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Dutch Creek Trail now cleared of downed trees.
Hermosa Creek TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Lower Hermosa Creek Trail, Jones and Dutch are now clear of downed trees. Upper Hermosa is blocked with dozens of downed trees. Clearing efforts will be happening in the next several weeks.
Jones Creek TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Jones Creek is now clear of downed trees.
Mitchell Lakes TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Junction Creek RoadGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Junction Creek Road #171 now open up to mi 10.9. Road past 10.9 will open 6/1.
La Plata Canyon Trail SystemFairupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 La Plata Canyon Road is dry up until mile 6. Deep patches of snow still remain up high. Will be a while yet before you can get to top of Kennebec.
Log Chutes Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 San Juan Forest will be working with contractors to clear previous cut trees between May 3 and June 3. Be aware of workers and machinery on Junction Creek Road during this time.
Animas Overlook TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Log Chutes 1Goodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Log Chutes 2Goodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Log Chutes 3Goodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Log Chutes DownhillGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Westview LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Missionary Ridge Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 The Durango Trails saw crew cleared over 70 downed trees on Missionary Ridge Trail. Road #682 opens 6/1.
First Fork TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 First Fork Trail clear. The Durango Trails saw crew cleared downed trees.
Haflin Creek TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Haflin Creek Trail is good to ride. The Durango Trails saw crew cleared downed trees.
Missionary Ridge TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Missionary Ridge Trail is good to go. The Durango Trails saw crew cleared downed trees 5.7.22.
Red Creek TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Red Creek Trail good to go. The Durango Trails saw crew cleared downed trees.
Steven’s Creek TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Steven’s Creek Trail is dry and clear. The Durango Trails saw crew cleared downed trees 5.7.22.
Vallecito Lake Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 East Vallecito Road #603 now open.
High Country
Andrews LakeFairupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Andrews Lake Road #590 will open on 6/1 (weather dependent).
Ice Lakes TrailFairupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 Expect melting snow with mud in higher elevations.
USFS RoadsGoodupdated May 13, 2022The Columbine Ranger District will begin opening most low elevation roads April 29th. Hermosa Park Road #576 and #578 are now open. The San Juan National Forest will continue to monitor road conditions; upper elevation and backcountry roads will be opened June 1st or as conditions permit. Cinnamon Pass (CR30) is open on the Lake City side. Engineer (CR20) will be opening soon.
Surrounding Area
Alien Run Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Alien Run TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Black Hole LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Outer Limits TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Boggy Draw Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22 McPhee Overlook now open.
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 2, 2022Opened 5/1
Chicken CreekGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Phil’s World Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
2 More TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Abajo TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Bob’s LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Coco TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Here for More TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Hippie House TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Ledges LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Lemonhead TrailGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Phil’s World Main LoopGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Road Apple Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22
Sand Canyon Trail SystemGoodupdated May 15, 202205.15.22

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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