West Mancos Trail

Total Miles


3,095.14 ft


0.5 Hours

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Trail Overview

The West Mancos Trail is a fun alpine single track near Mancos, Colorado that goes through a mix of aspen and pine tree forests. The single track is elevated above a creek on a gradual slope. It's shelfy but wide, so doesn't have that much exposure, and thus is still an intermediate trail. Rocks and roots add a challenge, but all are rideable. There is no major obstacle or crux on this trail. It's very well-signed and maintained at every intersection. The trail is very scenic, going through a couple of open meadows, and underneath the impressive-looking Hesperus Mountain. As it ends on the west side, there are 3 or so switchbacks that are steep, loose, and tight making it a 5 difficulty, while the rest of the trail is a 4 difficulty. The trail gets a lot of moisture and is used by cattle, so there's lots of shade, but also muddy spots.


This is an intermediate trail that is mostly easy except for a couple of tight switchbacks.

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Access Description

The Mancos Trail System is made up of several single-track trails of varying length and varying difficulty north of the town of Mancos, Colorado, in the San Juan National Forest. There are several staging areas off of West Mancos Road, including the Upper Chicken parking lot, and there's an abundance of dispersed camping sites off of this road.

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