Nestled in the small town of Dolores, Colorado, the Boggy Draw Loop offers mountain bikers 14 miles of varied terrain and a generous dose of stunning scenery.
One of the unique features of the Boggy Draw Loop is the flexibility in choosing your route direction—clockwise or counter-clockwise. Both directions have their own distinct advantages, offering different challenges and views that promise to keep you on the edge of your seat.
If opting for the clockwise route, exit the parking lot onto the singletrack. A left turn awaits at an unmarked junction at mile 0.69. You'll cross CR 31 at mile 1.77. The rest of the ride is fairly straightforward; the trail takes care of navigation. You'll re-cross the road at mile 9.9 and eventually link up with Boggy Draw Trail at mile 12.25, leading you back to the parking lot.
From Cortez, drive 10 miles north on Hwy 145 until reaching Dolores. Once there, make a left on 11th St, which turns into CR 31. After approximately 3 miles, take a right on Road W and drive for about a mile before parking in the lot on the left side of the road.
The community consensus is that the trail is a thrill in either direction. Some complain about the uphill climb out of the canyon in the counter-clockwise route, but most find it to be more than manageable. With an average ride time of roughly 2 hours, it’s ideal for those looking for a moderate day-trip challenge.While most of the loop is smooth and non-technical, don't underestimate it. The trail demands your full attention and skills to clean it successfully. Boggy Draw Loop is highly recommended for those after both physical challenges and visual rewards.
Boggy Draw Loop stands as a worthy challenge for the intermediate and experienced mountain bikers. Its dual-direction option adds a novel dimension to the ride, allowing cyclists to tailor their experience to their preferences. The challenging aspects of the trail are tastefully balanced by the mesmerizing scenery, making it a must-try loop when you're in the Dolores area.