The Durango ~ Farmington Bicycle Tour offers three tours:
- Full Tour 56 miles
- Dirt Tour 26 miles
- Tiny Tour 13 miles
The "Full Tour" starts at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and ends at Lions Wilderness Park in Farmington, NM. Following your gps and course markings riders will ride East 8th Ave and take a right on east 2nd street. After using the crosswalk twice to cross highway 550 riders will be on their way on CR 210 climbing past Lake Nighthorse.
Continue climbing on CR 210 until you reach CR 141 (Wildcat Canyon Rd.) Turn left on Wildcat Canyon for a few more miles until CR 136 (Long Hollow Dr.) This is where the payment section ends and the gravel riding begins. Expect a combination of fast-rolling, smooth, and washboard gravel roads with breathtaking views. Continuing your way south, turn left on CR. 138, passing through the Southern Ute Land into New Mexico.
Once you cross the state line into New Mexico you will follow a few more miles of gravel roads until the Big Apple Trail or the Big apple bypass. This is where the single track portion starts, or you can skip this part of the route. We recommend gravel bikes skip this portion of the ride cutting out roughly 8 miles of single track that has soft sandy spots.
The Big apple trail is 8ish miles that follows along a Ridgeline that losses elevation. It isn't all downhill and has a combination of smooth, soft, and fast single track. Once you cross N Light Plant Road you are now onto the Road Apple Trail.
The Road Apple trail is known for being smooth, fast rolling and has whoop-like features which make it a lot of fun. Some say it feels like a roller coaster at speeds. Towards the end of the route riders will get to enjoy a new "flow trail" with 15 wooden features built by the Bureau of Land Management. Of course, the features are optional to hit.
- Starting location: Fort Lewis Clock Tower
- Start Time: 8:30 am
The Dirt Lovers Only Tour
The "Dirt Lovers Only" tour starts at Hwy. 550 & San Juan County Rd. 2300. You will take CR. 2300 over a mesa, past a cattle ranch through Cox Canyon wash before reaching the East rim of Kiffen Canyon.
You will follow the east rim of the canyon taking in some amazing views until dropping into the bottom of Kiffen Canyon. Riders then climb up to the Big Apple trail connecting to the single track portion of the ride. This is where the "Full Tour" and "Dirt Lovers Only" tour meet and travel along the same route. This is also where you can find the gravel bypass route for you gravel bikers.
After following the big apple trail for around 5 miles riders will cross N. Light Plant road and join up with the Road Apple Trail. Here is where all 3 routes meet up and they all take the same trail to the finish.
The Road Apple Trail system is known for being smooth, fast rolling and has whoop like features. It is often said it feels like riding a roller coaster at speeds. Towards the end of the route riders will get to enjoy a new "flow trail" with 15 wooden features built by the Bureau of Land Management. Of course the features are optional to hit.
- Starting location: CR 2300 and 550
- Start Time: 9:30 am
The Tiny Tour
The "Tiny Dirt Tour" starts at N. Light Plant Rd. following the Road Apple Trail. Riders will experience 15 miles of smooth and fast flowing single-track. This is a common place for riders to meet up with friends who might be doing the longer portions of the ride. There's no better way to bring in the tour than with your family and friends. This is also the most friendly option we have to offer.
The Road Apple Trail system is known for being smooth, fast rolling and has whoop like features. It is often said it feels like riding a roller coaster at speeds. The Road Apple Trails are low in technical demand and high in smooth terrain making it great for beginner riders. Towards the end of the route riders will get to enjoy a new "flow trail" with 15 wooden features built by the Bureau of Land Management. Of course the features are optional to hit.
- Starting location: N. Light Plant Road
- Start Time: 10:30 am
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