Trails

The Parks & Open Space Department maintains several county trails. View a map (PDF) showing the locations of the trails. See descriptions below.

Also available is an overview map of the Galloping Goose Trail, managed by the United States Forest Service and San Miguel County, which allows hiking & bicycling travel from the Town of Telluride to Lizard Head Pass. View overview map (PDF)
Keystone Gorge Trail

List of Trails


  • Whiskey Charlie 62 Trail: The lower part of the trail follows the historic Rio Grande Southern railroad grade along Highway 62. The upper part of the Whiskey Charlie 62 Trail is single track. The lower trailhead can be accessed approximately 1/4-mile up County Road X48 (Brown Ranch Road). The upper trailhead can be accessed approximately 1/4 mile up County Road 60X (opposite side of Highway 62 from the old Ski Dallas).
  • Keystone Gorge Loop Trail: This 1.8 mile loop is located off the Galloping Goose trail system between Lawson Hill and Two Rivers. The conservation easement for this trail was dedicated to San Miguel County from The Nature Conservancy in 2009. The Keystone Gorge Trail follows the San Miguel River through the gorge and is connected by 2 newly built bridges. The lower suspension bridge is an impressively engineered structure that you need to see for yourself. This is a single track hiking trail only. View trail map (PDF).
  • Galloping Goose Trail at Vance Junction: This section of the Galloping Goose Trail is located off the Ilium Road and follows the south fork of the San Miguel River from the Ilium Church Camp to the bridge approximately .9 miles upstream. This trail section is on the historic Rio Grande Southern railroad grade.
  • Legacy Trail: This trail is located between the Town of Telluride and the Idarado Mine in the east end of the Telluride valley. This improved trail is a great area to walk your dog, hike or bike. Interpretive signs have been installed along the trail to tell the story of mining history in the area. The trail terminates just before the Idarado Mill where the paved road turns to dirt and continues up to Bridal Veil Falls.
  • Galloping Goose Connector: The Galloping Goose connector is a critical link between the Society Turn underpass and the Galloping Goose regional trail. With the completion of this quarter mile trail, users can travel the 21 miles from the Town of Telluride to Lizard Head pass entirely off highway.
  • River Road: The river road is 4.2 miles of dirt road closed to vehicular traffic used for recreational purposes.  Access is just east of Sawpit on the right side of the highway or behind the state road shop adjacent to Deep Creek. 
  • Marshall Creek Trail: The Marshall Creek trail was re-constructed in 2015.  This trail connects the western access to the Via Ferrata route back to the Bridal Veil Road. View illustration of trail (PDF)
  • Aldasoro Trail and future SMVC Connector Trail: The Aldasoro Trail was constructed in 2016.  This trail begins near the Aldasoro post office boxes and connects with Penelope's Trail.  The trail is accessed off the Airport Road.  A future trail will be built connecting the Aldasoro Trail through private land down to Highway 145 near the waste water treatment plant.  View trail map (PDF)
  • Angell Lode Natural Area: The trailhead is located off Surprise Avenue on the eastern side of the town of Placerville.  The Angell Lode Natural Area trail ascends the hill to the east and passes an old mining cave as you continue towards other vanadium mines in the hills above Placerville.  This trail is fairly primitive. View trail map (PDF)
  • Norwood Trails: For more information on Norwood Trails, please go to www.norwoodtrails.com or visit the Norwood Parks and Recreation District website.

Aldasoro Recreational Easement Information


San Miguel County’s Open Space and Parks Program has secured a recreational easement for non-motorized cycling as follows:
  • In the Aldasoro Ranch Subdivision, the public is authorized to use each of the private roads in the subdivision for road bikes and a certain designated public single track trail accessible via a signed trailhead located off of Last Dollar Road.
  • In the Sunnyside Ranch Subdivision, the public is authorized to use the portion of private Aldasoro Road that crosses over the subdivision for road bikes. The public does not have the right to use any of the other private Sunnyside Ranch Subdivision roads located within the gated and fenced portion of the subdivision. Nor is the public authorized to use any trails located within the Sunnyside Ranch Subdivision, including Rudy Trail.
  • Please respect private property. Stay on main roads and designated trails. A map of Aldasoro roads (PDF) included in the recreational easement

Adopt-a-Trail


An Adopt-a-Trail Program (PDF) has been developed for groups and organizations that wish to volunteer for light trail maintenance and perform a valuable community service.