Mountain Biking Trails in Pagosa Springs Colorado
All ages of visitors and locals enjoy mountain biking in the Pagosa area. There are many scenic trails in the area, and they vary in difficulty. Here’s a quick look at some of the most popular mountain biking trails:
Length: 16 miles (25.76 km)
Willow Draw is a scenic loop from the junction of US 160 and 84. Road conditions range from highway to double-track. From Downtown Pagosa, ride east on Highway 160 to the junction of 84. Turn right on 84 and take the first left onto Mill Creek Road, and continue for four miles. You will cross three cattle guards. Immediately after the third cattle guard, look for a double track dirt road on your left. If you cross the bridge over Mill Creek you have gone too far. Once on the double track, you will immediately cross Mill Creek, which may need to be forged on foot in the spring. Follow this dirt road generally north for the next 6 miles through Willow Draw and Dry Gulch to Fawn Gulch. Pass through two gates which are usually closed. (Be sure to leave the gates as you find them.) When you leave Fawn Gulch Road, turn left to a fast downhill back to Pagosa. Turn left on 160 and you’ll be in Pagosa in four miles.
Length: 8 miles (12.88 km)
This trek is from the beginning of East Fork access road (10 miles east of Pagosa on Highway 160), to Silver Falls guard station. It’s a easy route for beginners — itÕs fairly flat. The road follows the East Fork of the San Juan river through beautiful canyons into the pristine East Fork Valley, (private property for two miles) before terminating at the Silver Falls guard station. Silver Falls can be seen cascading down the mountainside directly behind the guard station. The road is gravel from 160 to the forest boundary, (.25 mile) and the rest is dirt, which can be very slick when wet. Watch for high water across the road in the springtime.
Length: 10 miles (16.10 km)
From Sportsman Supply on Piedra Road to the East Fork of the Piedra River near Piedra Falls, this route goes through dense stands of timber. The first three miles are on a gravel road, and the rest is dirt. (Watch out! The dirt can be slick when wet.) You’ll enjoy riding along the middle fork of the Piedra river. It’s fairly flat with a few slight uphill grades.
Length: 4.5 miles (7.25 km)
This trail leads from Highway 84 to the Eightmile fire lookout tower. It’s a dirt road that climbs steadily for the first 3.5 miles, and the remaining distance levels out. The area provides views of low Ponderosa Pines combined with large stands of Gambel oak that put on a spectacular color display in the fall. USE CAUTION: when leaving, it is all downhill, and you will have a fast time coming out. This is a one lane road, so be aware of other vehicles travelling on the same road. There are no turnouts.
Length: 7 miles (11.27 km)
This is an easy ride close to town. Drive north on Piedra Road about 8 miles from Highway 160. You will pass a cattle guard, then turn left on Forest Road 629 (Turkey Springs Road). Proceed on 629 to the Y at Newt Jack Road and park your vehicle. Begin your ride west on Turkey Springs Road, about three miles to Brockover Road, where you’ll turn left. Ride about a quarter mile and turn left again onto an old jeep road. Ride about a mile until you come to another Y, where you’ll bear left (Newt Jack) and ride back to the vehicle parking area.
Light Plant Road
Length: 6 miles (10 km)
You’ll enjoy this easy six mile ride, which begins and ends in the Pagosa Springs Town Park. Only about 2 1/2 miles are on a dirt road. To begin, go south across the bridge and follow the San Juan river until the road turns east. Proceed until you reach Highway 84, where you turn left to return to town. There is a nice view of the continental divide to your east as you ride. This route has no steep sections and is good for beginners. Be sure to stay far to the right as you ride on the highway. Reservoir Hill There are many trails on Reservoir Hill, which is a 160 acre wooded area accessed from Park Street, off Hot Springs Blvd. (east across the bridge), from behind the Post Office and from behind the “everyday” gas station or the San Juan Motel. Maps are located at each trail head, as well as at the Chamber of Commerce.