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      The Horse Gulch/Telegraph Trail System is the perfect trail system for all levels and user types. Located right in-town, it is a local favorite for hiking and mountain biking, and with so many different connecting trails it’s easy to go for a quick ride or turn your hike into a longer adventure.

      It accommodates beginners or advanced users, short rides, long rides, quick trail runs, dog walks, and more. You can start this trail any time of day, but plan ahead and make sure you are done before dark. In the summer months these trails are mighty hot so bring lots of water. The climb up the road is the hardest part for beginners, but once you arrive at the Meadow you are greeted with rewarding 360 degree views and wide open space vistas.

      The trailhead features a self-service bike repair station with all tools for changing a flat, adjusting brakes and derailleurs, etc. You’ll start with a half mile climb that many people just walk up. But this walk/ride is worth it. Once up in the meadow, there are signs giving variations of different rides. For rides involving the whole family, or less experienced riders, it is suggested to stick to the “meadow loop.” It is relatively short and flat. There are many options for longer rides. The trail is very well marked with trailhead signs at major intersections.

      History of Horse Gulch
      Durango native Daryl Crites, then president of Goff Engineering and longtime Trails 2000 board member, kicked off the preservation of the Horse Gulch area. In the early 1990s, he approached Noel Pautsky, the owner of the vast area east of Durango, about preserving its many trails with permanent easements. Pautsky agreed, and Crites went to work surveying all of the trails, including Crites Connect, Telegraph and Anasazi Descent. Pautsky eventually gifted the easements to La Plata County.

      That initial partnership laid the groundwork for a series of recent open space purchases in Horse Gulch by the City of Durango. In addition, Trails 2000 facilitated an easement opening legal access to Raider Ridge in 2009. The acquisitions have promised that the trail network and the pristine high desert surrounding it will be preserved for perpetuity and enjoyed by Durangoans and visitors for generations to come.
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      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Open as of Apr 12, 2024
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      43
      Trails Mountain Bike
      44
      Trails E-Bike
      1
      Trails Horse
      5
      Trails Hike
      44
      Trails Trail Running
      44
      Total Distance
      33 miles
      Total Descent
      6,878 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,532 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      7,945 ft
      Reports
      648
      Photos
      160
      Ridden Counter
      24,122

      Photos of Horse Gulch Mountain Bike

      trail: Bandido
      5 |
      May 23, 2024 @ 11:36am
      May 23, 2024
      trail: Rooster
      116 |
      Jul 28, 2022 @ 8:48am
      Jul 28, 2022
      trail: Rooster
      113 |
      Jul 28, 2022 @ 8:47am
      Jul 28, 2022
      trail: Snake Charmer
      345 |
      Dec 12, 2018 @ 11:09am
      Dec 12, 2018
      trail: Snake Charmer
      273 |
      Dec 12, 2018 @ 11:09am
      Dec 12, 2018
      trail: Telegraph
      205 |
      Oct 30, 2018 @ 7:50am
      Oct 30, 2018
      trail: Snake Charmer
      1,119 |
      Sep 20, 2013 @ 10:50am
      Sep 20, 2013
      trail: Telegraph
      203 |
      Sep 5, 2013 @ 6:53am
      Sep 5, 2013

      Videos of Horse Gulch Mountain Bike

      The Lookout from the Telegraph Trail
      trail: Telegraph
      | Jun 30, 2022
      Medicine down to the electric slide.
      trail: Medicine
      3:00 | 452 | Jan 18, 2018
      Potato strapped to helmet
      trail: Medicine
      2:27 | 237 | Nov 27, 2017
      a day in the life of a freerider
      trail: Telegraph
      3:39 | 112 | Sep 30, 2017
      RAW plose trail
      trail: Telegraph
      2:10 | 64 | Sep 30, 2017
      testing out some drone footy
      1:00 | 393 | Sep 25, 2016
      Trek Test Bike Development
      2:06 | 179 | Jul 15, 2015
      Anasazi to Meadow
      trail: Telegraph
      5:34 | 210 | Jun 30, 2014

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      jmiller013commenttrailactivity #54576018
      Jun 23, 2024 @ 8:54am
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      rogermeyerinkriddentrailactivity #54528732 and 1 more
      Jun 22, 2024 @ 2:09pm
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      Oliviahochriddentrailactivity #54307437
      Jun 17, 2024 @ 9:12pm
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      Jun 17, 2024 @ 2:10pm
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      Jun 15, 2024 @ 9:22am
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      Recent Comments

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      jmiller013trailHyper Extended RidgeThis trail sucks. If you like trails that...
      Jun 23, 2024 @ 8:54am
      1 hours
      OliviahochtrailDrop OverStill so much glass on the trail
      Jun 9, 2024 @ 12:38pm
      Jun 9, 2024
      18xttrailRoosterOne of my favorite trails in Durango because...
      May 12, 2024 @ 8:30pm
      May 12, 2024
      hogankoesistrailMilky WaySuper sick!
      Apr 26, 2024 @ 3:38pm
      Apr 26, 2024
      spokesmanmtbreportTelegraphFair point. The trail is unrideable, but...
      Mar 28, 2024 @ 5:13pm
      Mar 28, 2024

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Durango Mesa Park 4 20.7 km
      Fort Lewis College 10 4 21.1 km
      Grandview Ridge 16 1 11.7 km
      Smelter Mountain 31.8 km
      Three Springs 14 42.3 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike4333 miles6,880 ft16 miles1,532 ft
      #364#184163649919,455
      E-Bike1
      37387
      Horse53 miles59 ft623 ft1,280 ft
      #2,0651401
      Hike4433 miles6,880 ft16 miles1,532 ft
      #241#1413649399
      Trail Running4433 miles6,880 ft16 miles1,532 ft
      #241#139649873
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