Set practically within Durango city limits, the Telegraph Trail System isn't your average town-adjacent trail. Built and maintained meticulously by the Trails 2000 organization, these are the trails your bike was born to tackle. Perfectly designed as multiple loops, with various trail heads, the system lets riders customize routes to their heart's content.
Getting to the trail is a breeze. The Sale Barn trailhead is right across from the Home Depot on US550/160 (S Camino Del Rio). Look for a sign directing you to a gravel parking lot, and you're ready to roll.
Starting at Sale Barn trailhead, follow the trail as it weaves through canyons and meadows filled with Scrub Oak, Juniper, and Pine. The system is marked with "You Are Here" maps at each intersection, taking the guesswork out of navigation. The switchbacks into and out of the canyons are short but invigorating.Upon reaching the first intersection, turn right onto Cowboy trail. Navigate through to intersections 2, 3, and 4 while staying on Cowboy. At intersection 4, divert onto the Sidewinder trail. As you pass through intersections 5 and 6, you'll link onto the South Rim trail, offering glorious vistas of Durango's southern face.The loop concludes with a descent down Big Canyon trail—a perfect blend of fun and challenge that crosses in and out of creek beds. Upon reaching Big Canyon trailhead, a short frontage road trip leads you back to your vehicle.
In summary, the Telegraph Trail System is an intricate web of opportunities for every level of cyclist. This trail network serves as a delightful challenge for those keen on exploration, a workout, or just an extraordinary ride close to Durango's heart.