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Quick Facts

Dry Fork Trail

Average Time: Half Day
Beginning Elevation: 7,380 Feet (2300.5 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 640 Feet (199.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,020 Feet (2500.0 Meters)
Length, One-way: 4.5 Miles (7.5 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Early May-Mid-October
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
USGS Maps: Durango West

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General Description

Follow the singletrack trail up 1 mile to the intersection of the Dry Fork and Hoffheins Connection Trails. Make a clockwise loop by following the Dry Fork Trail to the left. Continue up 3 miles until you meet the Colorado Trail. Turn right on the Colorado Trail for about 3 miles and look for the Hoffheins Connection on the right. (If you're interested in a panoramic view, continue another few hundred yards along the Colorado Trail to Gudy's Rest.) Descend the Hoffheins Connection to the Dry Fork Trail. Angle left and continue down to your starting point. The trail is a very popular mountain bike route. Horseback riders may also be encountered, especially in the fall. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Drive 5 miles west from Durango on U.S. Highway 160. Turn north on Lightner Creek Road (County Road 207). Follow this for 1 mile, veering right onto Dry Fork Road (County Road 208/ Forest Road 572). This gravel road enters the Perins Peak Wildlife Area, which is closed from November 14 to March 31 to protect big game winter range. Go 2 miles on this gravel road and take a right at the fork. Continue 1 mile to the trailhead where there is parking on the left.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Early May through Mid-October (NOTE: The gravel road in Perrins Peak Wildlife Area is closed from November 14 to March 31. Half a dozen boggy spots require leaving the trail and "portaging" around them (Sept. 7, 1999).) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Dry Fork Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Popular trail for horseback riding in the fall
ICON Mountain Biking Very popular route
ICON Viewing Scenery Panoramic view at Gudy's Rest

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Visitor Information:

Columbine Ranger District, 367 South Pearl Street, P.O. Box 439 , Bayfield, CO, 81122, Phone: 970-884-2512, Fax: 970-884-2428, TTY: 970-884-1433


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