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Telegraph Trails

Durango, Colorado

The IMBA Epics now include a ride in fabled Durango. This southwest Colorado mountain town is surrounded by countless miles of wooded singletrack - a primary reason why so many top mountain bike pros have settled here. The Epic pick is the Telegraph Trail network, a local's favorite.

The Telegraph trails include the area's first wagon road as well as old communications lines. Durango trail advocates have enhanced these historical routes by building many miles of new singletrack, providing first-rate riding close to town. Never flat, the trails over the mesas, ridges and pinon/juniper forests that dominate the area scenery, right on the western edge of the Rocky Mountains. Bike-stopping views of Durango and its mountain backdrop are guaranteed. The best overlook is on top of Raider Ridge - a spot that inspired many of the early pioneers of our sport.

Location: The Telegraph Epic is in Durango, Colorado, near the famous Four Corners (where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet). Durango is about a 20-minute drive from LaPlata County Airport, or a seven-hour drive from Denver.

Length: 30+ miles

Elevation: 6,510 to 7,200 feet

Terrain: Rolling, twisty singletrack, wagon roads and mining trails.

Season: April to November; if it's been raining for more than a day, the clay-based soil becomes nearly unrideable.

Details: Telegraph Trail Network by D-GO Bike Maps

Shop: Mountain Bike Specialists, (970) 247-4066