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Southwest - Durango

Hermosa Creek

Type: Mountain Bike
Start elevation: 9,200 ft
End elevation: 7,500 +/- ft
Total climb: Not much, less than 1,000 ft
Distance: 24 +/- miles

This trail is another reason Durango is home to some world class riders. Hermosa Creek starts behind the Durango Mountain Resort/Purgatory Ski Area and descends along the creek. The trail has some sweet singletrack with water crossings and the occasional bridge. It is very well maintained and is in great shape. It's one of those trails that can be ridden by the most seasoned or novice rider. You should leave a shuttle at the parking area where the trail ends on County Road 201. The surface is excellent as you ride over smooth soft dirt. Heavy forest growth from the gorgeous old trees lines the trail most of the way. You may want to stop every so often and take in the wonderful sounds of the creek as the occasional fallen tree may have you dismounting. When visiting the southwest region this ride is a must.

Durango to Silverton

Type: Road Ride
Start elevation: 6,549 ft
End elevation: 9,305 ft
Total climb: 5,260 ft
Distance: 47 miles, one way.

This is a classic route with a rich history of cycling and bragging rights between man and machine. The machine is a steam locomotive powering its way up towards Silverton, Colorado while the man is you on a twenty pound titanium road bike. Silverton is a mining town from the 1880's that is still inhabited today with plenty of old west flare. The ride starts in downtown Durango and travels on HWY 550 north to the town of Silverton. Along the way you will encounter steep climbs and amazing views with plenty of room on the shoulder. This ride follows the same route as the Iron Horse Classic which is an annual race held in May of each year and draws hundreds of riders of varying ability. Since 1972, this route has been a statewide favorite. Plan to have a shuttle ready to bring you back to Durango from Silverton. There is plenty to do in the Durango area after the ride so check out the Family Fun section for more details.

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