Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa Mountain Bike Network: A Blend of Serenity and Thrills
While the Rockies often boast formidable inclines and sharp descents, the Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa Mountain Bike Network offers a refreshing change for cyclists. Located in the picturesque San Juan National Forest, this trail system is a haven for those seeking less taxing climbs but an equally exhilarating experience.
It all begins just a few miles outside Pagosa Springs. From an altitude of 7,550 feet, the trails gently rise, reaching their zenith at 8,150 feet—a mere 600 feet gain. These meandering paths feature subtle ascents, almost imperceptible, transitioning into shallow, winding descents adorned with smooth, tight corners that demand attention.A leisurely ride allows ample opportunities to drink in the stunning vistas: expansive Ponderosa forest glades, lush swale bottoms, rugged canyon rims, and sweeping views of the continental divide. Those in search of a faster-paced thrill won't be disappointed either. With tight turns and vast stretches, it's perfect for an adrenaline-packed ride.The network showcases a diverse array of trail segments, providing countless loop variations. In total, riders can explore 118 miles of routes as mapped on www.pagosatrails.net, with the promise of more additions come summer of 2011. For those up to the challenge, revisiting these loops in the opposite direction promises a novel experience.
Comments from the community offer diverse insights:
Initiate this memorable ride by heading four miles west of Pagosa Springs. Turn north from highway 160 onto North Pagosa Blvd, drive for 3.7 miles, and opposite Mockingbird Place, the forest entry gate #5 will emerge, marking the beginning of the adventure.
Whether it's the need for a relaxing scenic ride or a heart-racing dash, the Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa Mountain Bike Network caters to all. The very essence of Pagosa Springs is captured in this vast trail system, promising an unforgettable experience for every cyclist. Remember to always wear that big smile and enjoy the ride!