Nestled within the picturesque town of Durango, Colorado, the trails of the Meadow Loop offer something for every mountain biker— from cross-country enthusiasts to technical riders. With a seamless network of routes that can be mixed and matched to suit your riding style and experience level, this trail system should be on every cyclist's bucket list.
Getting there is straightforward. Park at the Horse Gulch Trailhead, a notable point accessible via College to 8th. Turn right by Durango Natural Foods and then make another left on 3rd by Building Specialties. From here, a 0.6-mile rocky doubletrack known as Horse Gulch Road will guide you to the major, signed junction where the Meadow Loop starts.
Meadow Loop, the starting point of this network, offers a largely flat ride through open meadows and scrub brush. For a more engaging experience, make a right onto Stacy's Loop, which offers technical nuances that can ignite the adrenaline.A little further lies Mike's Trail. This section not only elevates the difficulty but also the altitude, providing a panoramic view of the meadow below. Riders then encounter a fork with Cuchillo Trail. While a right turn provides steep terrain, a left turn offers an easier return to Meadow Loop and back to Horse Gulch gravel road.
Whether you're a Durango local or a tourist looking for an unforgettable mountain biking experience, the Meadow Loop and its adjoining trails provide not just diversity in riding experience but also convenience in accessibility. The well-marked routes let you focus on the ride, not on the map. A ride through these trails is much like a choose-your-own-adventure book — filled with endless possibilities and thrills.
From the testimonies of seasoned riders to newcomers who've had their inaugural rides here, the consensus is clear: Meadow Loop and its associated trails offer one of the most compelling mountain biking experiences in Durango, if not in all of Colorado. Happy riding!