Telegraph Trail System

4.39 out of 5
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↑ 5,300 ft
↓ 5,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The Telegraph Trail System is a fantastic riding area located virtually in town! The "Trails 2000" organization has done a great job building and maintaining these trails. These are the trails that your bike is begging you to take a ride on! The Telegraph Trails are laid out in multiple loops with multiple trail heads that allow you to combine trails and mileage to match your desires. In and out of canyons and meadows with Scrub Oak, Juniper and Pine on great single track. The switchbacks in and out of the canyons get the legs to burning but are short and manageable. Each intersection has "You Are Here" maps so you always know where you are. There is no specific direction or route you must take (go ahead and create your own) but a favorite 10-mile combination loop we enjoy starts at the Sale Barn trail head and ends at the Big Canyon trail head with a short frontage road ride back to the car.
From the Sale Barn trail head follow the Sale Barn trail through a couple of canyons and meadows and turn right at the first intersection onto the Cowboy trail. Follow this trail up to intersection 2 and turn right again, staying on the Cowboy trail. Turn left at intersection 3 and turn left at intersection 4 onto the Sidewinder trail. Breeze along the Sidewinder trail and turn left at intersection 5 and again left at intersection 6 onto the South Rim trail. Great views of the South side of Durango can be seen from along this ridge. Continue around and down on the South Rim trail until intersection 7 and turn right onto the Big Canyon trail. Blast down a great finishing stretch that drops you in and out of creek beds until you finally reach the bottom and the Big Canyon trail head. Turn left on the frontage road and cool down on the ride back you your car. Be sure to watch for hikers, horses and other bikers.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (8)
System Trails (8)
Horse Gulch
Big Double 8 Loop
Raider Ridge
Snake Charmer
Rocky Road Trail
Telegraph Trail
Crites Connect
Carbon Junction
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Reviews (15)

Granny Gear

July 16, 2018
DeanG13 Granny Gear  
Review: This was a fun and great trail. It is mostly intermediate with some areas that are technical and advanced. My ride covered: Sale Barn, Cowboy, Sidewinder, Telegraph, Anasazi Decent, Mary's Loop, Meadow Downhill and Animas River Trails. Cowboy had some technical downhill with rocks and short drops (foot or less) and Telegraph had some serious incline. Anasazi Desent is a double black diamond desecent with big drops, lots of rocks and sharp turns. Mary's Loop and Meadows Downhill make the climb worth it. They are fun super fast flowing downhill descents. Ride early before the heat in summer. I thoroughly enjoyed this ride.

Granny Gear

June 28, 2017
Review: Good climb and descend.


January 28, 2015
Review: I'll allow I haven't ridden but a handful of places around the States, and especially haven't spent enough time in Colorado: but the fact that I can ride two miles from my hotel and be on this epic network blows my mind. Like any good trail, front-loaded climbing makes the return-trip payoff that much sweeter. It also spoiled me on how well it's marked: you really don't need a map with you, as every intersection has one. This is definitely one system I want to visit again and again.

World Champ

July 3, 2014
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: This trail system is massive in scope, but the poor trail markings in places and some of the rather bland trails keep it from being 5 stars. However, there are some truly fantastic sections hidden here, like Raider Ridge and Snake Charmer. And those make up for most any lake the other trails have!


July 3, 2014
JWanamaker Gramcounter  
Review: Great trail, fairly high grunt factor climb to the top but the views are worth it. Rode early July and the trails were a little loose.


June 10, 2014
Review: Fun ride right from town. I rented a nice Santa Cruz Bronson C from Second Avenue Sports and rode from there to the Horse Gulch Trailhead. It happened to be National Trails Day and Trails 2000 was at the trailhead. I asked about a route and they hooked me up. I rode Horse Gulch to Telegraph, climbed to the top and turned left at Sidewinder. Sidewinder is a fun and flowy downhill so drop your seat and have fun. From Sidewinder, I caught Cowboy. Another great flow trail. I continued downhill to the Sale Barn Trailhead. I wasn't finished yet so I rode back up and connected with the Canyon Rim trail and Big Canyon. I was on my way up Cowboy when I met a local who offered to show me a way back into town on Singletrack so I didn't have to climb to the top again. What a great day!


January 14, 2014
Review: There are so many different link-ups possible. Great trail system.


November 2, 2012
jkacuba Gramcounter  
Review: Rode this trail system last weekend for the first time - pretty much as described but finished back down Sale Barn. Awesome trail network and well worth the drive from Albuquerque. I rode on a Friday and only saw one other rider the entire time. As I said - great trails.

June 28, 2012
Review: Great trail system...don't know about epic though

Granny Gear

June 27, 2012
Joshb976 Granny Gear  
Review: All the reviews say it all, Epic ride.

Telegraph Trail System MTB Trail 4.39 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.
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