Lower Calico Trail Horseback Riding

Northwest of Durango and northeast of Delores, the Lower Calico Trail is a 13.5 mile route shared by hikers, mountain bikers, ATV and horseback riders. The lower portion of the trail (#649) can be reached via the Priest Gulch Trailhead, (#645, see Priest Gulch Trail description for trailhead location). Originally designed as a stock drive into the high country, this trail was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. Beginning at the Priest Gulch Trailhead, the lower Calico Trail begins by crossing Priest Gulch Creek via a walking bridge and starts a fairly steep accent up a red-rock ridge via many switchbacks. It will be a steady climb for about 1.4 miles through a mixed ponderosa pine and aspen forest before leveling out.

Directions to trailhead: From Dolores on Highway 145, travel northeast 23 miles. The trailhead is clearly marked on the north side of the highway; the turn is next to a private driveway.

Lower Calico Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  San Juan National Forest (970) 882-7296; Durango Visitors (800) GO DURANGO; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO

Recommended Book:  "Trail Riding In Rocky Mountains" from Jean Llewellyn

Recommended Map:  "Durango Trail Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Base Camp:  Durango Hostel (970) 247-9905; Riverhouse B&B (800) 254-4775

Luxury Loding:  Dunton Hot Springs, Delores (970) 882-4800; Tamarron Resort; Strater Hotel (800) 247-4431

Breakfast Restaurant:  Durango Diner; Durango Coffee Company

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Date Updated:  7/12/2016

Lower Calico Trail Horseback Riding Map


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