Boggy Draw - Mountain Biking

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Summary

The Boggy Draw trail system is an extensive system of loop trails just outside of Dolores, Colorado.

Written by

Garrett Stimax

Distance

10.0 miles

This is the average per loop, see the article for specific mileage per loop.

Destination Distance From Downtown

12.5 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

There are four different loops of varying difficulties. Overall the trail system is an intermediate level.

Time To Complete

2 hours

Depending on which loop you take, it should take from one to three hours.

Seasonality

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Boggy Draw is well shaded and tends to stay wet after a good rain, so accessibility may vary during the rainy seasons.

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Boggy Draw is easily the biggest hotspot for mountain biking in the Dolores area. With over 30 miles of well groomed trails, Boggy Draw is an extremely popular destination for tourists and locals alike. There are a total of four loops with four distinct levels of difficulty, which provides an outlet for any level of skill. The Boggy Draw Loop is the original trail and hence the main thoroughfare for the whole trail system. It is also the easiest and smoothest trail in the system. The Mavericks Loop is slightly shorter than Boggy Draw, but also has slightly more elevation change. Italian Canyon Loop is a true intermediate level trail at 10 miles with some nice challenging hills and technical descents. Bean Canyon Loop is even more technical, and longer at 14.6 miles, and thus more popular with expert level cyclists.

What Makes It Great

There is truly something for everyone at Boggy Draw. A family or a group can come to the trail and no one has to compromise. The more advanced riders can tire themselves out on Bean Canyon while the kids sail through Boggy Draw or Mavericks. It’s a place where you can also try out harder trails to push yourself, and become a better rider. Not to mention that the whole area is gorgeous. The loops weave through fields of wild flowers and ponderosa pine forests, with everything from tight tree runs to wide open vistas of the La Plata mountains in the distance. Much of the trail system is conveniently shaded by the pines, so it makes an ideal place to ride in the summer when everywhere else is too hot. There are even a number of cattle grazing in the area, adding to the idyllic scenery.

For the most part though, the Boggy Draw trail system is very relaxing. It’s immaculately maintained after all, by the local Kokopelli Bike Club. Everyone has a great deal of respect for the land, and continues the tradition of keeping it clean and beautiful. The loops themselves are mostly smooth and well worn from years of respectful use, so it’s a very pleasant ride. It’s an amazing space, and we are truly lucky to be able to enjoy it.

Who is Going to Love It

Locals are surely the biggest beneficiaries of the Boggy Draw system. You can grow and develop your skills all at the same place, just four miles from downtown Dolores and 14 miles from Cortez. It’s just a fantastic practice ground. Being able to improve in such a convenient location already attracts many locals, and is attracting more every year. Families, both local and visiting, are going to love Boggy Draw in particular. The ability to let every member of the family develop on their own pace is refreshing, but there is also camping available at Boggy. It’s extremely family friendly, and a great destination for a quick weekend getaway. Really anyone who appreciates well groomed singletrack in a beautiful setting will enjoy this trail system.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

To access Boggy Draw from Dolores, turn onto 11th street and drive to the top of the mesa. You will see signs for Boggy Draw after about two miles at county road W. Take a right here and continue one mile to the National Forest boundary where you will see more signs and a parking lot for the Boggy Draw trailheads. The trail is completely free, but please remember to honor the space by being respectful and keeping it clean.

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37.501859, -108.465737

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