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Pronghorn Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (32)

An entertaining desert loop with epic views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range!


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Map Key

7.8

Miles

12.6

KM

Singletrack

8,656' 2,638 m

High

8,071' 2,460 m

Low

954' 291 m

Up

900' 274 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Closed to bikes January 1 through May 1.

Description

The recently built Pronghorn Loop is a great ride within pedaling distance of the nearby town of Del Norte. The ~8-mile loop is 100% singletrack purpose-built for bikes. The trail wanders through unique rock formations then climbs into high meadows where you can see all the way across the San Luis Valley to the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. The trail will test beginner's skills while still offering fun terrain and features to entertain more advanced riders.

The suggested direction is clockwise starting at the northeast end of the loop. The east section contours the hillside, navigating through unique rock formations while paralleling the San Fransisco Creek Road. This section is a great area for beginner/intermediate riders to work on technique and handling skills. The west end of the loop is where most of the elevation is gained and lost. Remember to charge your tubes or tires with sealant - cactus is not hard to find on this ride. In the heat of the summer, rattlesnakes are a common sighting.

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Raleigh Burt

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  4.3 from 32 votes

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Awesome views aren't hard to come by on the Pronghorn Loop!
Apr 11, 2017 near Del Norte, CO
A nice section of rock gardens along the San Fransisco Creek road.
Apr 11, 2017 near Del Norte, CO
Climbing into the sunset on the Pronghorn Loop.
Apr 11, 2017 near Del Norte, CO
Trail has some very creative and well built rock features.
Jul 2, 2018 near Del Norte, CO
Sangre de Cristos on fire at sunset.
Apr 11, 2017 near Del Norte, CO
Scenic view
Jul 2, 2018 near Del Norte, CO

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Jun 20, 2021
David Death
7.9mi — 1h 45m
May 10, 2021
David Death
LOTS of glass at parking lot and entrance, best to walk it 7.6mi — 1h 58m
Sep 7, 2020
Kendall Beggs
Bike broke but still had fun. 7.8mi
Aug 19, 2020
Larry Collins
Did two loops...one CW and the other CCW. 16.2mi — 2h 20m
Aug 17, 2020
Angela Lee
First time on FS bike, first MTB ride w Kevin 2mi
Jun 11, 2020
JR Martinez
May 5, 2020
Maddie Interdonato
7.8mi — 1h 51m
Mar 22, 2020
Scott Wickberg
dry until a snow storm hit mid ride but should be dry again by now.