Join the “whitewater specialist” for family friendly or high adventure raft trips in Durango, CO.  The Lower Animas River runs through the heart of Durango, which allows for a fun, safe and convenient trip suitable for the entire family. For you adrenaline seekers out there, join us for an adventure of a lifetime on our action packed Upper Animas river trip. Enjoy deep discounts when you combine a zip line, ATV or a train tour with your raft trip. Our specialty is handcrafted and well-orchestrated itineraries, expert leadership and a personal connection to each river we run. If your trip is taking you beyond Durango, don’t miss the opportunity to get on the San Miguel River near Telluride or the San Juan River in Bluff, UT. From beginner to expert, let the whitewater specialists take you and your family down the river during your stay in Southwest Colorado.

4 Corners Whitewater

360 South Camino Del Rio
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 259-4608

The Adaptive Sports Association helps to enrich and transform the lives of people with disabilities through sports. By working with students to overcome physical and cognitive challenges in a supportive environment, ASA helps students to give disability a possibility. With summer and winter activities, Adaptive Sports is a great place to plan activities.

Adaptive Sports Association

125 E. 32nd
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970)-259-0374

At Colorado Trails Ranch, we make everything easy for you... easy to try new activities and make new friends, to relax, to eat delicious food, and to feel comfortable, cared for, and a part of our family. Horseback riding... fly fishing... Western dancing... at our guest ranch, there's fun for families, couples, and singles. We're a first-class dude ranch in the mountains outside of Durango, Colorado... and we're waiting to give you the vacation of a lifetime!

Colorado Trails Ranch

12161 County Road 240
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: 970-247-5055

Join us for an adventure in the backcountry with a tour of the San Juan Mountains by dogsled. This trip includes a mushing lesson, your own guide, and you even get be the musher! This trip is great for families of older kids wanting a big adventure. Ask about Dinner by Dogsled featuring the Kennebec Cafe. Tours are reservation only. Feel the energy of canine collaboration! Listen to the silence of the frozen forest! Learn the magic behind the mushing!

Durango Dog Ranch

Dog Sled Tours
2525 County Road 124
Hesperus, Colorado 81326
Phone: 970-259-0694

Durango Rivertrippers founded in 1985 is the first river outfitter in Durango to be licensed by the State of Colorado. We offer the safest and finest whitewater rafting available in the Southwest Colorado. Whether you are looking for a two-hour trip, half-day trip with lunch or a one to six day wilderness expedition we offer the trip you have always dreamed of. Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours has maintained an untarnished safety record and is known as being the most reputable rafting company in town.

Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours

724 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 279-4864

Ice Pirates offers exciting and scenic tours in the San Juan Mountains that are easy to access from Durango, Silverton & Ouray, Colorado. Our 55,000 acres of terrain is the best in SW Colorado and arguably in the whole state. Ice Pirates' trail system covers 55,000 acres of the San Juan Mountains with a high point over 12,000'! We ride where the locals ride! Epic views of the San Juans, the Weminuche Wilderness and the La Plata Mountain’s Dynamic terrain: Historic landmarks, meadows, tree trails, hill climbs and lots of powder. Fun for families and adventurers alike!

Ice Pirates

Durango, Silverton & Ouray
Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 247-3706

Discover the magic of our 77 Mild to Wild trip options, 2 hours to 5 days, for ages 4 to 84 in Colorado, Arizona and Utah. The beauty and serenity of the places we go inspire us to dedicate our lives to sharing these natural treasures with you! We take pride in providing a first class adventure where no detail is overlooked. Mild to Wild has earned the reputation of being the Southwest Adventure Experts and has the highest number of repeat customers & referrals (just ask the locals). We are a family and treat you like you are our family! We will provide you an experience that will create memories to last a lifetime! Join us and see what you’ve been missing!

Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours

50 Animas View Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 247-4789

As one of the largest outfitters in Southwest Colorado, we offer a wide variety of adventures to suit any skill level or budget. Experience the thrill of our whitewater rafting or kayaking tours ranging from family-friendly to extreme. Or, explore our beautiful San Juan Mountains with a Hummer or ATV tour. Can’t decide what adventure is best for you? That’s why we combined trips, saving you time and money. Select from our wide range of combo trips that set us apart from our competition. These trips include our popular Jeep package, whitewater rafting and hummer adventure, snowmobile combo, or our ultimate two-day adventure that includes our Jeep combo, Mesa Verde and whitewater rafting or ATV tours.

Outlaw Tours

555 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 259-1800

For once, a fantasy can become a reality! You have a unique opportunity to "break the earthly bonds of gravity," and if you've been dreaming about flying--try this! The adventure begins when we meet our guests shortly after sunrise when the mountain air is still calm and stable, the perfect conditions for ballooning! Ballooning is a "hands-on" participation sport, and we will enlist your energy in the set-up and inflation of the balloon, which will hold up to six passengers and the pilot. As you gently ascend, the earth seems to fall away below you, revealing hidden canyons and valleys. You may feel yourself becoming a part of Mother Nature while riding the peaceful breezes with the red-tailed hawks, the ospreys and the majestic bald eagles. Wildlife is abundant, and we watch for deer, elk, turkeys and other forest creatures as we fly over Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures

538 Village Drive
Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81147
Phone: (970) 946-2549

San Juan Outfitting LLC has been packing folks into the Weminuche Wilderness for over 20 years. As local Southwest Colorado outfitters we specialize in quality fishing and hunting horse pack trips to small groups of individuals or families. SJO provides adventurers, fishermen, hunters, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, and those who just want to spend a few days on horseback exploring the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, the high-country experience of a lifetime. Our specialty is building great memories for our guests, providing each with friendly, personal attention, gentle, sure-footed mountain horses, knowledgeable guides & wranglers, great food, excellent equipment, and first-rate service ensure your enjoyment.

San Juan Outfitting

326 Dutton Drive
Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81147
Phone: (970) 731-4868

Our professional mountain guides will show you how to ride one of our Polaris snowmobiles and guide you into the backcountry. We have over 35,000 acres of terrain, and over 75 miles of trails. Our riding terrain offers everything from vast meadow playgrounds, historic sites, mountain passes, or just site seeing and playing in the snow. Most importantly we have fun – that’s our specialty.

Snowmobile Adventures

#1 Skier Place, Purgatory Resort
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (888) 210-9864

Soaring® Tree Top Adventures, a canopy tour zip line attraction in the Durango, Colorado Mountains is the first of its kind and scale in the United States. The all-day zip line course allows guests ages 5-90 to traverse cables that make them feel like they are gliding through the air like birds from tree to tree, on a network of stainless steel platforms high in the Ponderosa canopy.

Soaring Tree Top Adventures

964 County Road 200
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: 970-769-2357

With almost endless options, this area is a gem. Located just before Molas Pass on Hwy 550, look for a small parking lot on the east side of the highway. Andrews Lake is a beautiful mountain lake with summer and winter opportunities. You can hike and fish in the summer. There are nice picnic areas and paved trails as well as hiking trails. The lake accepts non-motorized crafts. In the wintertime, this is a great area for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, there are no groomed trails for winter activities, but plenty of area to explore!

Andrews Lake

Silverton, Colorado

The river flows from Silverton through Durango and into New Mexico. The Animas River provides endless opportunities for recreation including fishing, canoeing, kayaking, river rafting, tubing, swimming, enjoying views and top-notch fly-fishing. The best fishing is generally south of Durango. Specific areas limited to catch and release, and flies and lures only, please watch for signs. With a river trail running alongside the river from North to South Durango, the Animas River is accessible and fun for the whole family.

Animas River

Durango, Colorado

The Dolores River is a gorgeous river that flows through unspoiled and majestic desert scenery in the heart of the American southwest. A long and winding river, the Dolores flows through canyons packed with enormous ponderosa pine trees and high sandstone cliffs in brilliant oranges and red. It continues its journey from the alpine scenery into the high desert, through canyons dotted with amazing white water, ancient ruins and untamed wilderness. The Dolores River provides excellent fishing and water rafting opportunities. Take Hwy 160 west to Mancos, about 27 miles. Turn right onto Hwy 184 and drive 18 miles until you reach Dolores. The Dolores River flows from McPhee Reservoir. It begins about 50 miles north on Hwy 145 at the base of Lizard Head Pass.

Dolores River

Dolores, Colorado

Haviland Lake is situated on its beautiful namesake within the San Juan National Forest, 18 miles north of Durango. Visitors enjoy the area for its canoeing, fishing and hiking opportunities in a scenic, natural setting. The popular campground is beautiful any time of the year. Haviland Lake is an 80-acre, no-wake lake with excellent boating, canoeing and fishing opportunities. An accessible fishing dock is located on the lakeshore. Anglers cast for rainbow and brown trout. A Colorado Division of Wildlife fishing license is required to fish. Several trailheads are in the vicinity. The Forebay Lake Trail begins in the campground and leads to small Forebay Lake, just over a mile east of the campground. The historic Rico-to-Rockwood Wagon Road passes through Haviland and Chris Park. Built in the late 1800s, the road was used for six years until the railway opened. There is excellent snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sleigh rides offered in the wintertime. Stocked with trout and easily accessible by people of all ages. Take Hwy 550 north about 17 miles, between Rockwood and Durango Mountain Resort. Turn right at the Rapp Guide service stable.

Haviland Lake/Chris Park

Durango, Colorado

Junction Creek is the southern terminus for The Colorado Trail. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can walk all the way to Denver from here (some 486-miles away), but if you only have an afternoon to spare, a jaunt up to Gudy’s Rest is a great Durango day-hike and a local favorite. This gratifying eight-mile out and back is perfect for those looking to spend more time outdoors and less time in the car driving to the trailhead. It’s just a short trip from downtown Durango. This area not only provides excellent hiking and mountain biking, but nice fishing as well. Travel north on Main Avenue to 25th Street. Turn left and follow the road, which will become Junction Creek Road, to the large parking area. Junction Creek flows along the Colorado Trail.

Junction Creek

Durango, Colorado

Tucked away in the upper Florida River Valley, Lemon Reservoir, the smaller of two area reservoirs (the other being Vallecito Lake), is located just 16 miles northeast of Durango. This beautiful man-made reservoir offers visitors to Durango a wealth of incredible outdoor activities to enjoy while vacationing in the area including: fishing, hiking, camping, biking and watercraft activities. The lake contains brown and rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Take Florida Road east, after 13.8 miles, stay to the left and continue on to Colorado Road 243. After another 3.4 miles you’ll find yourself at the entrance to the visitor area and ready to enjoy a wonderful day on the lake!

Lemon Reservoir

Durango, Colorado

If you are looking for a 4x4 road that is not too difficult, not far from the city of Durango and has a wide variety of outdoor activities, the old Lime Creek Road might be a great place to check out. Lime Creek Road used to be part of the main road into Silverton from Animas City and Durango during the mid 1800's and it follows along the gorge and main drainage of Lime Creek. It was once a trail utilized by Ute Indians for hunting and by the early to mid 1800's by prospectors looking for gold and silver. Now it is used as a side route for off-roading, mountain biking, hiking, camping and fishing. There are also good places for world class kayaking for the EXPERT boater that wants some challenging water. Most of the upper Lime Creek is Class V+ and there are some falls like Adrenaline Falls at the northern end of the entrance that offers professional kayakers a big rush. Take Hwy 550 north about 27 miles just past Cascade Village. Turn right onto Lime Creek Road. Travel a few miles until you begin to see the creek. The upper entrance to the creek may be found by traveling further north on Hwy 550, ascending Coal Bank Pass. The entrance for the north end of Lime Creek Road will be on the right.

Lime Creek

Dolores, Colorado

Los Pinos River is known locally as the Pine. The river is divided into two distinct sections by the extensive impoundment of Vallecito Reservoir. The southern portion of the river below the reservoir is completely on private land and the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Although fishing opportunities are limited through the private land, much of the river on Tribal land below Bayfield is open to fishing for permitted non-Tribal members. Between the reservoir and the Weminuche Wilderness the Pine flows through about 6 miles of private land, but from the wilderness boundary to the Continental Divide the Pine offers backcountry fly fishing at its finest. With over 50 miles of stream amid exquisite scenery, the possibilities for fishing adventures in the Los Pinos watershed are nearly limitless. Take CR 240 to Vallecito Reservoir. The river flows into Vallecito northeast of the lake. The best fishing is just above and just below the reservoir.

Los Pinos River

Vallecito, Colorado

McPhee is the SECOND LARGEST LAKE IN COLORADO! This lake has a little bit of everything to do on it; from fishing for Walleye, Small and large mouth bass, trout, crappie, northern pike, perch, kokanee salmon, to cruising the beautiful branches of the lake, to all of the water sports in the larger parts of the lake! This lake has it all! McPhee Reservoir, the largest within the San Juan National Forest, has 50 miles of shoreline. Boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing are popular activities. A full-service marina and boat launch is open from April through October. There are a few options for campgrounds and fishing access sites.

McPhee Reservoir

Dolores, Colorado

If you are visiting the area or staying at the South Mineral Campground, you will not regret spending a few hours exploring South Mineral Creek. The water is a deep turquoise as a result of the rock powder suspended in it that comes from glacier erosion over thousands of years. The blue water contrasts over the red riverbed rock, and in fall, the yellow willows and shrubs add to the palette and provide plenty of photo opportunities. Travel on Hwy 550 north to Silverton, about 50 miles, and begin ascending Red Mountain Pass. Mineral Creek runs parallel to the road for several miles.

Mineral Creek

Silverton, Colorado

The San Juan River originates along the slopes of the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado.  From there, the river flows through northwest New Mexico and southeast Utah before joining the Colorado River at Lake Powell. A trip down the San Juan River offers an intimate way to see the region’s archeology, geology, and wildlife.  Although the river has some rapids, the usually gentle nature of the river makes this an excellent trip for families with children. Catch trophy rainbow and brown trout on the San Juan. There is a 2 fish limit.

San Juan River

Farmington, Colorado

Chapman Hill serves as Durango's in-town ski area and winter sports center. The hill provides terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers, with a vertical drop of 775 feet. The area offers skiers and snowboarders two rope tows, an ice skating rink, and a supervised warming house with hot drinks and snacks. Trained staff supervises the lifts and ski hill. The typical season is from early January through March, depending on weather. Lessons available. Chapman is also open year round; it doubles as a roller skating rink in the summer season. Roller Derby and Ice Hockey games are open to the public depending on the season. The hill also provides for nice hiking with access up to Fort Lewis College.

Chapman Hill

500 Florida Road
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 375-7395

Ski Hesperus is Southwest Colorado's Local's Secret. It is a no frills "mom and pop" ski area located on US Highway 160, 11 miles west of Durango, Colorado. It is the perfect place for locals to get in shape and work out the kinks prior to those trips to the big mega-resort ski areas. Frankly, would you rather work out at the gym after work or get in 4+ hours of night skiing. There is something magical about skiing powder at night when it is snowing. Some of us even prefer to ski here. Even a couple days after the storm, there is often more challenging terrain and powder skiing right here at Hesperus than we ever get at those other areas all things considered. Ski Hesperus is also the perfect place to bring a bus loads of kids; they don't get lost, they have a lot of fun, and they get to do it all, skiing, snow boarding, tubing. With sufficient time to secure staff for your day, the Hesperus Ski Area can open the mountain on a weekday to accommodate your private group. Skiing with a group is fun, Skiing untracked new snow at your own private ski area for a day -- Priceless.

Hesperus Ski Area

Hesperus, Colorado 81326
Phone: (970) 259-3711

Ski, Snowboard, Sled, Snowshoe ... or just relax on the deck and in the warm viewing lodge! The town’s Kendall Mountain Ski Area opens with the least expensive skiing in the region — just $25 for adults, and $17 for kids and seniors (kids under 6 ski free). The ski area is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridays-Sundays.

Kendall Mountain

1 Kendall Place
Silverton, Colorado 81433
Phone: (970) 387-5565

Let us help you explore the outdoors with mountain bike rentals, scenic chairlift rides and guided hikes all based out of Purgatory Village. Purgatory offers winter and summer activities including hiking, biking, the Alpine Slide, a zip line, ropes course, skiing, tubing, climbing wall, treasure panning, a bungee trampoline and an airbag jump. Surrounded in a beautiful mountain area with many restaurants and places to stay. Endless opportunities for family fun! You'll also find restaurants, the Mountain Market with everything from cameras to crackers, and some of the most amazing views in America. Mountain bike uplift, alpine slide, scenic chairlift rides, climbing wall, hiking trails, miniature golf. Purgatory Resort is located in the rugged San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, and 25 miles north of historic downtown Durango. Carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, Purgatory is a unique blend of steep tree skiing trails and wide-open cruisers with stunning views. Averaging 260 inches of snow annually, Purgatory is known for consistent, dry powder from frequent storms, followed by sunny, bluebird days, which creates perfect conditions for pure alpine nirvana.  Purgatory features 1,525 acres of skiable terrain, 94 trails, 11 lifts, five terrain parks and a vertical drop of 2,029 feet. Renowned as a family-friendly resort and named “Best Ski Value” by TripAdvisor, there are many ways to enjoy the incredible winter wonderland at Purgatory. We offer numerous ways to get around the mountain and to enjoy the tremendous Colorado Rocky Mountain scenery we are known for while you're at it. Whether you're going up the mountain on snowshoes, down the mountain on a skibike, or around on Cross Country skis. Purgatory is also home to the largest snowcat operation in the lower 48 states, featuring 35,000 acres of backcountry skiing.

Purgatory Resort

#1 Skier Place
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 247-9000

Silverton Mountain is a unique mountain experience. There is one chairlift that takes you into a high alpine environment surrounded by amazing ski lines in every direction. The terrain is entirely for the advanced and expert skier and those who enjoy adventure. Silverton Mountain operates in a one of a kind fashion in that certain times of year it provides guided only skiing with small amounts of skiers on a daily basis (similar to a cat or heli operation), and other times of year it allows unguided skiing. Avalanche gear is required to ride the lift at all times.

Silverton Mountain

Silverton, Colorado
Phone: (970) 387-5706

The Telluride ski experience offers a genuine mountain experience for all levels of skiers thanks to a mix of quality terrain at all points on the mountain. From refined groomed runs to challenging moguls, there truly is something for everyone. Even beginners and intermediate skiers can ride to the highest peaks and enjoy terrain and views typically reserved for the experts. Find out why Telluride has been called, "The most beautiful place you'll ever ski." Averaging more than 300 inches of snow and 300 days of sunshine each year, odds are you'll find fantastic conditions on Telluride's 1700 skiable acres. And forget crowds: the trails are never packed, and there is rarely a lift line.

Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride, Colorado
Phone: (877) 935-5021

You are in for a treat at one of Colorado's oldest and finest ski resorts. Our trademark is friendly employees and abundant, light powder snow. Wolf Creek is a high alpine ski resort, 10,300 feet at the base and 11,900 feet at the summit. The Wolf Creek Ski Area offers a wide variety of accommodations to meet any budget. Hundreds of acres of ungroomed backcountry terrain. It is best known for receiving more average annual snowfall than any other resort in Colorado, at about 480 inches per year. The resort is open to the public in the winter months for downhill skiing/snowboarding including lessons for beginners. The resort also has shopping, lodging and restaurants. Directions: From Pagosa Springs, go 23 miles northeast of Hwy 160 to the top of the pass. There is a plowed parking lot. Please comply with signs for voluntary use areas. Higher avalanche danger. Snowmobiles are prohibited in the adjacent Weminche Wilderness.

Wolf Creek Ski Area

Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81147
Phone: (970) 264-5639

Animas Mountain Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Durango, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Animas Mountain is a fun and challenging trail on the north end of town. This one is technical and steep and will test your physical limits. Be courteous to other trail users, as it is a very popular trail for runners, hikers and dog walkers.

Animas City Mountain

Durango, Colorado

This 30-mile loop begins on North Main Avenue at City Market. Turn right on 32nd Street and ride until it ends at County Road 250, then turn left. County Road 250 will take you all the way to Baker's Bridge, winding through the lush Animas Valley. Travel south over the bridge and straight to the intersection at Highway 550. Turn left on 550 and ride it past Honeyville to Hermosa where you get on County Road 203. The turn onto CR 203 is on the right, just past the railroad tracks and it will bring you back into Durango. This ride is also referred to as "The Long Valley" by area cyclists.

Beaver Mountain (10,491') is located in the east central quadrant of Rocky Mountain National Park. The Beaver Mountain Trail loops through meadows, ponderosa parks and aspen-fir forests in a uniquely diverse life zone. Low elevations and mild grades make it accessible year-round, an ideal choice for families, runners, and winter recreation. Beaver Meadows includes 25+ miles of groomed trails. From Bayfield, go 7 miles east on Hwy 160. Turn north on Forest Service road #135, go 2 miles. Roadside parking. There are two access points from Hwy 160. Groomed by the San Juan Sledders Club.

Beaver Meadows Trail

Bayfield, Colorado

The Boggy Draw loop is the core of the Boggy Draw trail system. It is just less than 9 miles of generally smooth, flowing single-track. Boggy Draw is a great place to ride in the heat of the summer, as it is mostly shaded and cooler than other local rides. With 30+ miles of trails, Boggy Draw attracts crowds in the summer and the winter. Turn west of Hwy 145 in Dolores on 11th St (CR 31). Climb hill and go 1.5 miles. Turn right on CR W, go 1 mile to parking area on left side of road. Parking lot is plowed. Watch for winter logging trucks on roads accessing the area. Snow conditions are variable because of the lower elevation.

Boggy Draw Loop

Dolores, Colorado

The Calico Trail is comprised of two sections, the Upper and Lower Calico Trails. The lower portion of the trail is accessed via the Priest Gulch Trailhead. The most northerly portion is referred to as the Upper Calico Trail; this portion of the trail is part of the National Recreation Trail (NRT) system. The single-track trail makes its way over and around several peaks, as well as along fairly long stretches of narrow ridgelines. While these stretches afford some spectacular views, be aware of frequent afternoon thundershower activities, which are fairly common in late July and August. The view to the north includes 14,159-foot high El Diente Peak, which is within the Lizard Head Wilderness. The trail winds through a forest of spruce and fir as it follows the divide between the Dolores and West Dolores Rivers, climbing at an average grade of 8% to 11,866-foot high Papoose Peak. The Upper portion of the Calico NRT ends at the junction with West Fall Creek Trail (640) where the lower portion of the Calico Trail comes in. From this junction you can loop back to the Calico Trailhead via the Falls Creek and Winter Trails (202), or continue on to the Priest Gulch Trailhead via the Lower Calico Trail. Elevation 8100 - 12000 feet; more difficult, light use, 19 miles one way, summer and autumn.

Calico Trail

Durango, Colorado

Spend an afternoon at peace in nature, walking alongside the rushing Cascade Creek and wandering through long meadows painted with wildflowers. The Cascade Creek Trail, which sits just below Engineer Mountain, is a calm and quiet alternative to many of the more grandiose hikes in the area. Provides excellent hiking trails and fishing. Take Hwy 550 north about 27 miles just past Cascade Village at the base of Coal Bank Pass. The creek flows into the Animas River north of Haviland Lake.

Cascade Creek Trail

Durango, Colorado 81301

Quiet, uncrowded, friendly and community run, it is a volunteer-maintained and donation-funded Nordic area within the San Juan National Forest just minutes from Mancos. Enjoy over 25 kilometers of machine groomed classic and skate trails ranging from beginning to intermediate level. Directions: Travel north from Mancos on Hwy 184, turn east on CR 40 and watch for the sign about 3 miles ahead. There is no charge, but your donation ensures its success. Enjoy fantastic cross-country skiing!

Chicken Creek Nordic Area

Mancos, Colorado

Popular among mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers and horseback riders, Dry Fork Loop is a popular singletrack trail that starts at the cattle guard on the west side of the parking area. Climb about 1 mile to a split and turn left. The next 3-4 miles is a pleasant climb through pine, scrub oak and eventually, stands of aspen. At the top of the climb turn right onto the Colorado Trail and climb a bit more. This 3-4 mile section is rolling then mostly downhill until it reaches the junction with Hofheins Connection. Take a right on Hofheins and mostly descend for several miles until a creek crossing and a short climb. You will soon come upon your first trail junction; take a left here and descend back down to the parking area and the start of the route.

Dry Fork Trail

Durango, Colorado

From Hwy 160, turn north onto Lewis St. and an immediate left onto 5th St. Stay right onto Four Mile Road (CR400 – this becomes FS #645) driving north eight miles from Pagosa Springs. Turn right at the junction for four more miles to the trailhead. The trail follows Fourmile Creek with Eagle Mountain to the east. The trail is bordered by dense stands of aspen and spruce-fir. At mile three you will reach the Falls Creek Waterfall, which drops 300’ from the cliff above. At mile four you will reach Fourmile Falls on the right.

Falls Creek & Fourmile Falls

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

The Hermosa Creek Trail is considered by many to be one of Durango's top trails and indeed one of the best in Colorado and after experiencing it you will understand why. The trail itself is about 20 miles long (one way). Trail use includes Mountain Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Motorcycling, ATV's, Hunting, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Shoeing and Snowmobiling. There are a lot of outdoor recreational activities available here and is one of the reasons it has become so popular. Take Hwy 550 north to Hermosa, about 11 miles. Turn let onto Lower Hermosa Road and travel about 4 miles. The creek flows along the same path as Hermosa Creek Trail and joins the Animas River just south of Hermosa. Hermosa Creek Trail is a moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Durango, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Hermosa Creek Trail

Durango, Colorado

This is probably the most accessible and used trail system around town - and after riding the area you will see why. The trails stay dry for much of the year and there are many options. It is well marked, and can be accessed from any different spots. The Horse Gulch/Telegraph Trail System is the perfect trail system for all levels and user types. It accommodates beginners or advanced riders, short rides, long rides, and more. You can start this trail any time of day. It gets dark around 7-8 p.m., depending on the time of year, so you’ll want to be done by then. In summer, these trails are mighty hot so bring lots of water. Remember, the climb up the road is the hardest part for beginners, once you arrive at the Meadow, you are greeted with 360 degree views and wide open space vistas.

Horse Gulch Trail

Durango, Colorado

Jones Creek and Dutch Creek is a 9.7-mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Durango, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The trail system is perfect for hiking, mountain biking and camping; fishing is available at Dutch Creek. Take Hwy 550 north to Hermosa, turn left at the sign for the Lower Hermosa Creek Road, following it to the end, about 4 miles. The creek runs near this trail.

It’s a strenuous two-mile hike up to beautiful Lake Eileen in the Weminuche Wilderness. The trail climbs about 1,000 feet through aspen groves and mixed-conifer forests. Look for Hammond’s and Olive-sided Flycatchers, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Three-toed Woodpecker, and Dusky Grouse. You are likely to encounter pine squirrels, golden-mantled ground-squirrels, chipmunks and other mammals including snowshoe hare are possible. Elevation 7720 - 8860 feet; more difficult, moderate use, 2 miles one way, summer and autumn.

Lake Eileen Trail

Durango, Colorado

The trail goes through aspen and fir forests to Lost Lake. Lost Lake is a small, shallow, very scenic lake which is not stocked with fish. Elevation 8820 - 8860 feet; easy, moderate use, 1/2 mile one way, summer and autumn.

Lost Lake

Durango, Colorado

There are few places in the world that can compare to the raw, boundless beauty of Molas Pass. At 10,910 ft. above sea level, Molas Pass affords uninterrupted views of the oft-snowcapped peaks that make up the Twilights, the Needles, and the Grenadiers. Segment 25 of the Colorado Trails begins at Molas Pass and stretches into the west on its way to Durango. Follow this high-altitude section of the Colorado Trail at your leisure to get a taste of Durango’s most spectacular backcountry. As this is an out and back, walk as far as you like, enjoying Colorado’s famous wildflowers. Molas Pass offers 23 miles of trails that are groomed in the wintertime. From Durango, go north 40 miles on Hwy 550 to the top of Molas Pass. There is roadside parking at Andrews & Little Molas and plowed parking lots at Molas Pass and Molas Lake. Trails are groomed by the Silverton Snowmobile Club. Commercial snowmobile and snow cat operations are in the area. Restrooms at the parking areas.

Molas Pass

Durango, Colorado

The Owen Basin trail is one of many beautiful trails in the La Plata mountain range. This breathtaking out and back trail climbs into the shadow of Hesperus Mountain with views stretching out onto the Colorado plateau. This is the southern most point of the San Juan Mountains and looms over the surrounding desert with excellent views of Mesa Verde and Sleeping Ute. Hesperus was the northern boundary of the ancestral Navajo homeland and one of the four sacred peaks. The Owen Basin trail gives you a up close and personal look at Hesperus mountain, the highest peak in the La Platas.

Owen Basin

Mancos, Colorado

The groomed, skatable part of Plumtaw Road is 16.4 miles in length.  Skiers can access Plumtaw Road from either the north or south end.  This means you can arrange a shuttle and do the whole length, or you can start at either end and go in and back out. To get to the north trailhead, turn onto Piedra Road from Hwy 160.  After 12.9 miles, turn right on McManis Road and drive to the end of the plowed road.  Don't despair if Plumtaw Road doesn't look groomed:  the groomed surface usually begins half a mile up. To get to the south trailhead, drive north out of Pagosa Springs on Four-Mile Road to the end of the plowed section (about 9 miles).  There is a large parking lot here used by folks who commute by snowmobile to their homes in Lost Valley.  Don't despair by the first 0.2-mile climb up to the road ... or even by the next mile, which will have a lot of commuter snowmobile tracks.  After this 1.2 mile beginning, there is a fork in the road:  turn left onto Plumtaw Road.

Plumtaw Trail

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Potato (Spud) Lake Trail is an easy day hike or overnight camp is great for children, offering fishing and picnic spots and plenty of places to camp. The lily pond across from the trailhead provides and intriguing and valuable lesson about lake ecology, while the 2-mile round-trip hike, climbing from 9,360 feet to 9,800 feet, provides plenty of interesting diversions. Beaver ponds exist along this journey and children have the chance to feel the toothmarks in Aspen stumps. When reaching the trout-filled lake, the trail may be followed in either direction. Children may explore the banks and find strawberries and raspberries. Local campsites are available and no camping permits are required. Potato Hill (also called Spud Mountain) is visible from the trail, as well as Engineer Mountain and Graysill Peak and Grizzly Peak. Elevation 10300 - 10900 feet; easy, moderate use, 1 mile one way, spring thru autumn..

Potato (Spud) Lake Trail

Durango, Colorado

The Priest Gulch Trail is open to mountain bikes, horses, and motorcycles as well as hikers. It follows along Priest Creek while the Calico Trail climbs steeply to the east side mesa top. I saw many hiker and horse tracks but no tire tracks. The forest is mostly Fir and Spruce with Aspens. There are a few Ponderosa Pines near meadow areas. The trailhead elevation is 8050 feet and both trails climb as they head north. Elevation 8100 - 11500 feet; more difficult, light use, 7.5 miles one way, summer and autumn.

Priest Gulch

Dolores, Colorado

Explore 20 kilometers of scenic forest trails, groomed for classic cross-country and skate skiing, plus 6 kilometers of snowshoe trails. Enjoy a picnic along the trails, or on the deck of our beautiful new Community Center building. Day passes and Nordic Center Season Passes are available. Rent ski and snowshoe equipment at the Nordic Center. Group and private classic and skate ski lessons available, too.

Purgatory Nordic Center

Purgatory Resort
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: 970-385-2114

Vallecito Creek Trail is a 11.8-mile out and back trail located near Bayfield, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Drive to Vallecito Lake and take the hike up to the creek flowing into Vallecito to the northeast.

Vallecito Creek

Vallecito, Colorado

Wildcat Canyon Loop combines trails from the Tilden and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park systems to create a dynamic ride that includes fast descents and some serious climbs. Begin the ride from the staging area at Lone Oak Road in Tilden Park. Parking is always free, and the staging area has bathrooms and water. From there, riders wanting to test their climbing legs with grades up to 30%, should ride the loop clockwise, following the Loop Road Trail to the Wildcat Creek Trail, up Belgium Trail over the rolling hillsides, and south on the Bay Ridge Trail.

Wildcat Canyon Loop

Durango, Colorado