23.5 miles
2,363 ft
-6,151 ft
2 miles
High Point

The Mancos Spur Trail is a 23 ½ mile route that combines three trails. From its western end in Mancos State Park, the Mancos Spur follows the Chicken Creek Trail, the West Mancos Trail, and the Sharkstooth Trail. At its eastern end it connects with the Colorado Trail, along the way passing through several climatic zones and ecosystems. The Spur was part of the Colorado Trail as it was conceived in the 1990s and is shown on original maps of the CT. Its elevation rangers from 7900' at the west end to 12,000' when it crosses two high passes in the La Platas. At its eastern end, at Taylor Lake at the head of La Plata Canyon, the trail is at about 11,000.' From there you can connect to the Colorado Trail to descend to Junction Creek and Durango for a 46-mile point-to-point route.

The Mancos Spur Trail supports multiple uses, and sections range from easy to extremely difficult.

For mountain biking, the route is rated very difficult, with steep terrain, technical features and high altitude. There are several one-way shuttle options: To do the whole Spur, begin at Kennebec Pass and ride west to Mancos State Park, climbing two 12,000' passes before beginning the descent. Or you can shuttle from the Sharkstooth Trailhead which cuts off 6 miles and makes it a mostly downhill (but still difficult) ride.

Detailed Description
Mancos Spur Trail is a 24 mile popular expert scenic route located near Mancos Colorado. This mountain bike primary route. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 2,363 ft with a max elevation of 11,931 ft then descends -6,151 ft.
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    Black Diamond
More Stats for Mancos Spur Trail mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    10 hr 31 min
  • Altitude change
    -3,790 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,662 ft
  • Altitude start
    11,637 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,848 ft
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  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    16 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)
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Sharkstooth and Bear Creek
Sharkstooth and Bear Creek
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

West Mancos
Aug 31, 2023 @ 12:41pm
Aug 31, 2023
From Sharkstooth TH to Transfer CG only 2 small trees down in the lower canyon. Excellent conditions, not as jungly in the lower canyon as it can be.
Chicken Creek
Jul 2, 2023 @ 6:33pm
Jul 2, 2023
rode the lower 2 miles or so. It's getting overgrown in spots. Trail is dry and the creek is low enough to allow easy crossings. Its all rideable but think old school MTB trail.
Black Bear Connect
May 26, 2023 @ 10:30am
May 26, 2023
Oct 25, 2021 @ 4:56pm
Oct 25, 2021
About 10 inches of snow at the trailhead.
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