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Turkey Springs Outer Loop

 17 votes


15.9 Miles 25.5 Kilometers




977' 298 m


-961' -293 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (5°)

8,146' 2,483 m


7,451' 2,271 m




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A fun loop exploring some of the trails in the Turkey Springs trail system.

Robert Stump


Trails generally have enough snow melted away to start riding in late April and are usually snowed in by November. Cattle, horses, and wildlife are present in the area. Temporary trail closures can be expected from time to time. Keep all gates closed.
Wildflowers adorn this scenic loop through well-managed forest throughout the spring, summer and fall. Elk, mule deer, and turkey abound along relatively easy singletrack. Brockover Mesa's minor slope gains little elevation for a trail in this region, leaving energy to explore long distances on smooth, wandering trails that are very beginner-friendly.

Need to Know

For more Pagosa Springs trail info check out or "Pagosa Trails" on Facebook. Expect frequent encounters with hikers and runners near the trailheads, and with cows farther out. There are many fence crossings, but they are all bike friendly - as in, you don't even have to get off the bike!


Entering the Gate 5 trailhead off Pagosa Blvd. takes the rider on a short section of Upper Rim to join with Newt Jack. Two minor rocky sections at the beginning may have you thinking twice if you're a beginner, but don't get discouraged! Just hike a bike for 10 feet and don't worry about it again for 15 solid miles!

Newt Jack is probably the least desirable of the trails encountered on the loop, with its rocky, "jostle-your-teeth-out" former two-track character. That said, it is short lived and crosses a nice little creek setting.

Leave the rocks and erosion behind and quickly forget them on the superb, smooth singletrack of Catamount (313). By now, a person is just far enough out that cows and other bicycles are the typical encounter, with hikers and runners becoming more rare. It is very easy to miss the turn keeping you on Catamount, without realizing you've strayed onto Park Ave. But, it's okay - you're right where you want to be.

Gain the remainder of the initial elevation on Park Ave to join with the network's namesake, Turkey Springs. This trail wanders through pine forest, touches occasional exposed rock surface, spirits a meadow here and there, and brushes the aspens. Pretty much everything is downhill from this trail. Keep an eye out for Gopher to join from the left.

Gopher rolls off past Brockover Road making a fun and fast descent along a tributary and into Peterson Gulch on singletrack that ranges from long swooping turns to tight skirts around stumps and between bushes. Just as one begins to feel guilty for all that downhill and starts to wonder how much climbing they'll have to do next, the trail quickly departs the canyon with a surprising, short but steep, technical section. Then, it's quickly back to meandering singletrack atop the mesa through Pine forest to join up with Lower Rim Trail.

Lower Rim skirts the west side of Martinez Cr. Canyon and features more rocky and steep sections than what has been encountered so far. Such remains the ride as a very brief jaunt on Creek. After a right turn, you'll quickly come to another right turn which keeps you on Upper Rim, back to the starting point of the ride. There are some minor climbs near this end of the ride, but fret not, for it is short-lived and the price to be paid for all the fun downhill in the canyons! Besides, the views over the canyon are worth it.

History & Background

These trails were unofficial until 2012 when the local forest service mapped, signed, and sanctioned them as part of its Turkey Springs Management Plan. Now enjoy well-maintained singletrack with nearly limitless opportunities.


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Nov 23, 2017
Richard Wickstrom
Sep 5, 2017
Franklin Gauer
Outstanding! 14mi
Aug 17, 2017
Lauren Sayre
Jul 24, 2017
Pete Sunden
Jul 6, 2017
Mark Mihevc
Last 5 miles is very bumpy. Amazing trail! 17.2mi
Jul 3, 2017
Adam Boswell
Nice trail. Gopher has some sections that don't appear to get ridden very often, overgrown in some places but still rideable. 15.9mi
Jun 8, 2017
David Todora
May 28, 2017
Sean Narog

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I love these trails. Perfect terain for cross country riding. Not a very technical trail, but beautiful single track! If it is "too easy", go further and faster. Sep 7, 2016

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