Mancos Trails System

To date, there are three major trails recorded north of Mancos on the western slopes of the La Plata Mountains that are feasible for horse riding.
Trail Name Miles Elevation
Chicken Creek 615 10.4 8,360-9,270 ft
Connector 177 0.8 7,900-8,100 ft
Jackson Gulch-Muleshoe Loops 7.6 7,800-8,240 ft
Lower Chicken Creek 8.6 7,680-8,360 ft

Chicken Creek 615
Trail head starts at a parking spot at Doc Lowell Flat. This is a single-track, out and back trail with numerous ups and downs and twists. For mountain bikes it is more technical due to rocks and roots. The ride will take you through mixed aspen, Gamble oak, and patches of ponderosa pine. The trail ultimately connects with Connector 177 which will connect you with the North Loop of Lower Chicken Creek Trail.

Jackson Gulch & Muleshoe Loops
Located within the Mancos State Park (Jackson Gulch Loop) and San Juan National Forest (Muleshoe Loop) on the western slopes of the La Plata Mountains, the trail head for these trails is best accessed off of County Road 42 near the Muleshoe trailhead. The ride will take you through mixed aspen, Gamble oak, and patches of ponderosa pine.

Lower Chicken Creek
Trail head starts near Joe Moore reservoir and heads northeast to form two distinct loops. This is mostly a two-track road with parts graveled. Often used in winter for cross-country skiing. The ride will take you through tall ponderosa pine.

Mancos Trails Map
  • Mancos Trails (PDF 247 KB)
  • GPX File (ZIP 104 KB)
  • Connector 177 Trail
    View of Ramparts & Hesperus Peak on the Connector 177 Trail.
    Jackson Gulch Reservoir
    View of Jackson Gulch Reservoir.
    La Plata Mountains
    La Plata Mountains to the East.
    Photos by Cathy Cumberworth, Click Photo to Enlarge.

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