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This is a new location for the 2016-17 season!
The trails are groomed exclusively for cross-country skiing. Please no walkers and snowshoers on the groomed trails! Snowmobiles are prohibited in Cloman Park. Dogs are allowed on designated trails only.
The Davis Ranch adjacent to Cloman Park is now groomed and available for skiing. This is private property and considered a wildlife sanctuary. ABSOLUTELY NO DOGS are allowed on this section. This section is open to skiers only (no snowshoes or walking allowed.) Please stay on designated groomed trails. Please respect these important rules or access will be revoked.
Getting there: Drive 1.3 miles north on Piedra Road from Highway 160. Turn right (east – entrance to Steven’s Field airport) on Cloman Blvd for 1.4 miles. Stay left at fork in the road which dead ends at Cloman Park parking lot.
Coyote Hill is another great family and beginner area with three levels of loops. The Pagosa Ranger District grooms up to 14 km skate skiing, with set tracks for classic cross-country skiing. The first level — just off the parking area — offers 3 km of beginner, groomed trails. From the main trail, skiers can continue up to the second level for an additional 3 km of intermediate terrain. The upper loop offers another 6 km of intermediate terrain and 2 km of advanced terrain. The upper loops offer immense, stunning views of Pagosa Peak.
The trails are groomed exclusively for cross-country skiing. Walkers and snowshoers are prohibited on the groomed trails. Snowmobiles are prohibited on Coyote Hill.
*Ability Level signs mark the trails.
Getting there: Drive 6.3 miles north of U.S. 160 on Piedra Road (County Road 600). The trailhead is on the right, just after the cattle guard. Please park in the pull-off if it is plowed.
This is a new location for the 2016-17 season!
This location is private property with access granted to PNC members only. The trails are groomed exclusively for cross-country skiing. Dogs, walkers, snowshoers and snowmobiles are prohibited at Laverty Ranch.
Park on the gravel to the west of the vet clinic Monday through Saturday. Please keep first gate closed and stay on groomed trails. Dogs are not allowed at Laverty Ranch
Getting there: Located at 2197 E Hwy 160 – 1.1 miles east of the intersection of Hwy 84 and Hwy 160. Park in the designated parking area next to San Juan Veterinary Hospital.
NOT Recommended for Beginners due to slope & need for speed control. Yamaguchi Park is excellent for beginners in downtown.
Reservoir Hill is located in the heart of downtown Pagosa Springs and the trailhead is within easy walking distance of a variety of downtown lodging establishments and public parking. Reservoir Hill provides trails interspersed with hills; some skiers walk between trail sections.
Pagosa Nordic grooms up to 10 km for skate skiing with set tracks for cross-country skiing.
Getting there: Take U.S. 160 to downtown Pagosa Springs. Turn south at the Hot Springs Boulevard traffic light and take the second left onto San Juan Street. Look for a public parking area on the left. From the public parking area, it is a short uphill walk to the Spa Trailhead, which provides access to Reservoir Hill.
West Fork Nordic Trail
With an abundance of flat, groomed and natural terrain, the West Fork area provides fantastic cross-country opportunities for beginners and families. The area offers skiers the chance to ski through stands of giant conifers, as well as scenic views of the valley floor and the headwaters of the San Juan River. Stay on the Forest Service road for a mostly flat ski experience or continue beyond the second bridge toward the Rainbow trailhead to get an uphill workout. Or proceed to the left to access a keyhole loop of undulating terrain. Pagosa Nordic grooms up to 15 km for skate skiing, with set tracks for classic cross-country skiing.
In 2016-17, PNC has worked out an arrangement with the Pagosa Ranger District for the shared use of the main trail, since this trail also provides access to private property. PNC will groom the left side (southern side) of the main road to allow private property access along the right side (northern side) of the main road. There may be instances where access with a track vehicle will need to use the left side of the groomed trail surface where the trail passes through narrow areas. These areas may not accommodate set tracks due to the available width. Please share the trail!
Getting there: Drive 14 miles east of Pagosa Springs on U.S. 160 look for the “Bruce Spruce Lodge” sign on the left side of the road. Turn left onto West Fork Road (Forest Road 648). Drive to the end of the road (.25 miles). Park on the side of the road where it is plowed. Please do not block driveway or ski trail entrances. **Do NOT drive down West Fork Road if it is not well plowed. It is easy to become stuck in drifting snow.**
Yamaguchi Nordic Track
Also located in downtown Pagosa Springs, this 1.5 km Nordic track loop provides flat conditions for 100 percent beginner terrain, providing a great family area and perfect lunch-time workout area.
Pagosa Nordic grooms a 1.5 km loop for skate skiing, with set tracks for classic cross-country skiing.
Getting there: Follow Hot Springs Boulevard past Pagosa Springs Town Hall and turn right on Apache Street, then left on South 5th Street. Follow South 5th Street about two blocks to the parking area.
Pagosa Springs Golf Course Nordic Track
This location is no longer open for winter activities.
Additional National Forest Nordic Ski Options
Note that all routes on Forest Service roads are generally gradual uphill ascents with downhill slopes on the return. Beginners should be aware of the required ability to control speed on these routes. All skiers, especially those who choose to go off the road route, need to have navigation skills and backcountry/avalanche gear. Always let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back.
Nordic Ski Options East on U.S. 160:
Alberta Lake Loop (Wolf Creek Ski Resort)
• Beginner 30%, Intermediate 40%, Advanced 30%
A beautiful 10 km loop which starts at the end of the upper parking lot of Wolf Creek Ski Area travels through the forest. Wolf Creek Ski Area has groomed this cross country ski trail for many years with no use fees required.
- The Wolf Creek Ski Area grooms up to 10 km for skate skiing, classic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
- The first km is an Intermediate access to the Alberta Meadow Nordic loop. Beginners should be aware of the slope and that speed control is needed.
- There is no ability level signage.
Getting there: Travel 24 miles east on U.S. 160 to the Wolf Creek Ski Area. The parking attendant can guide you to the far east end of the upper parking lot where the Alberta Park cross country ski trail begins.
East Fork Road (Forest Road 667)
An enjoyable route for one or several miles, this route parallels the East Fork of the San Juan River. It is eight miles to the historic Silver Falls Guard Station. Please stay on the road as it passes through private property. This area sees significant snowmobile use. It is groomed occasionally by the Wolf Creek Trail Blazers snowmobile club which, when groomed, can provide a quality distance ski.
Getting there: Travel 9.5 miles east on U.S. 160, turn southeast (right) on East Fork Road, then continue about 3/4 mile to the parking area at the end of the plowed road.
Fall Creek Road (Forest Road 039)
Beginning at about 9,600 feet in elevation, this popular ski route climbs gradually for approximately six miles. Great early and late season snow conditions. 5km groomed for cross-country skiing early in the season only. Available prior to other trails opening for the season.
Getting there: Travel 19 miles northeast on U.S. 160 to Fall Creek Road (039). Once cleared, there is a large parking area on the south side of the highway. Avoid parking along the highway travel lanes.
Jackson Mountain Road (Forest Road 037)
Gradual, uphill, four-mile route to the end of an unplowed road with additional opportunities to travel other roads in the area. Jackson Mountain is a popular area for snowmobiles.
Getting there: Travel 7.3 miles northeast on U.S. 160. Parking is on the left at Jackson Mountain Road.
Lobo Overlook (Forest Road 402)
This route climbs generally uphill for 1.5 miles to the Lobo Overlook, the Continental Divide Trail (and the microwave tower). Skiers will be rewarded with breathtaking views at the top. Snowmobiles are allowed on the forest service road and provide a packed trail for the ascent.
Getting there: Travel 23.2 miles northeast on U.S. 160. Parking and the road to the overlook are north of the highway just past the Continental Divide sign at Wolf Creek Pass.
Wolf Creek Road (on Wolf Creek Pass – Forest Road 725)
There are three forest access points along approximately three miles of road with some fairly open, moderate terrain in this area. Views are spectacular. This area is popular for snowmobiling. Skiers typically use Lobo Overlook, 1/2 mile east of the Wolf Creek Pass summit, on the north side of the road.
Getting there: Travel 20 miles northeast on U.S. 160 to Wolf Creek Road (725).
Nordic Ski Options South on U.S. 84:
Blanco River Road (Forest Road 656)
Blanco River Road is closed at the highway. The route generally parallels the river for 2.5 miles from the highway to Blanco River campground.
Getting there: Travel 11 miles south on U.S. 84 to Blanco River Road. Parking may be limited.
Kenney Flats Road (Forest Road 006)
This road through open, fairly level terrain is good for beginners and provides several possible routes.
Getting there: Travel 14 miles south on U.S. 84 to Kenney Flats Road. Parking is located on the east (left) side of the highway.
Nipple Mountain Road (Forest Road 665)
In addition to traveling Nipple Mountain Road, there are a few other options in this area. The hardy person with a map and backcountry skills may identify lengthy or loop trips.
Getting there: From downtown, go east on U.S. 160 to the junction with U.S. 84. Travel 1/8 mile south on U.S. 84 and turn left on Mill Creek Road (CR 302), drive approximately 5 miles to trailhead parking before the junction with Nipple Mountain Road (665).
Nordic Ski Options North of Pagosa Springs:
Fourmile Road (645) and Plumtaw Road (634)
The first 1.5 miles of this route is uphill. At the junction, one can continue on Fourmile Road or go left on Plumtaw Road. For a long trek, continue on Plumtaw Road to its junction with McManus Road in the Upper Piedra, a distance of about 17 miles. This route is groomed occasionally by the Wolf Creek Trailblazers snowmobile club. When groomed, it can provide a quality distance ski.
Getting there: Turn east on Lewis Street, immediate north (left) on Fifth Street, which becomes Fourmile Road. Travel 6.5 miles north on Fourmile Road to the closure point near the national forest boundary.
Williams Creek Area
Open, fairly flat area that is good for beginners. Enjoy spectacular views of mountains and large, open parks. Unplowed road continues past Williams Creek Reservoir to Poison Park and Williams Creek trails.
Getting there: From downtown, travel two miles west on U.S. 160, turn north on Piedra Road (630 then 631). Travel 22 miles, and then turn right on Williams Creek Road (640), continue to Williams Creek Reservoir.