Northwest of Durango and northeast of Delores, the Bear Creek Trail (#607) is a 8 mile route shared by hikers, mountain bikers, off-road motorcycle and horseback riders. The trail parallels Bear Creek. The route starts at 8,000 feet and climbs to 11,200 feet.
To reach the trailhead from Delores, head east on SR145 for 22 miles. The trailhead is clearly marked on the highway, and begins about 1/4 mile east (upstream) from the confluence of Bear Creek and the Dolores River. The trail traverses the entire length of Bear Creek, all the way to the headwaters, where it intersects the Sharkstooth Trail.
Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Non-residents are not required to register in Colorado, if they are registered in their home states. All off-highway vehicles must have an approved muffler and spark arrester. These requirements are subject to change so make sure to contact the Colorado State Parks prior to using your off-highway vehicle.