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First Fork Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Durango, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 718 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Closed

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Note: First Fork trail is CLOSED due to the 441 Fire. Please check with the park page for more information and updates.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Drive approximately 8 miles east of Durango on Florida Road (County Road 240). Turn north at Colvig Silver Camp and go past the camp, over the cattle guard and continue to follow the road for approximately 1 mile. A strong 2WD with good clearance may be needed for the last mile of the road. Limited parking is available.

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Cash Durham
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I’m not sure why this is still listed as closed on here, since it’s definitely open. My son and I did this as part of Missionary Ridge/First Fork Mountain bike ride. The trail was in good shape, and there was only one tree across the path. That said, since it is very lightly trafficked and has been officially closed for a while, the trail is loose in a lot of places and shows erosion, particularly on the upper parts (below Missionary Ridge).

Luchino Castagno
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This is a great day hike! Lots of shade. Lots of creek crossings but very mild crossings. Highly recommend a vehicle with some clearance to reach the trailhead. I had to go off trail for maybe half a mile due to heavy snow on the other side of the ridge at the top. Theres lots of downed trees as well.....so be prepared to climb over. Great hike for dogs. Lots of water!

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Heidi Lynne
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C Lindsay
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Hiking

The beginning of this trail was poorly marked. There seemed to be two trail heads to choose from after completing the trek along the creek from the parking space. Neither trailhead was labeled.

Scott Kadera
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Hiking

I did the First Fork - Red Creek Loop. Most of the logs are gone now. There were a few a the very beginning of First Fork, including a big cottonwood, but that's it. The trail is in good shape overall.

Ian Kutzleb
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Really beautiful, but often fallen logs.

Glenn Bultmann
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First to Review

Road Directions are good. Last mile or so of road to trailhead is a bit rutted-need some ground clearance on your vehicle. Room for parking about 4-5 vehicles at trailhead. Trail starts at road end. Follow old jeep road past trailhead for about .2 mile to sign for trail indicating 1st Fork, turn to left at sign. Go thru gate (close it behind you) and trail generally follows a valley floor heading west beside a small stream. Pleasant walk-we saw thousands of grasshoppers and hundreds of butterflies and lots of wildflowers in May on the partly shaded trail. Not much in the way of views until you get to a big meadow at about 3.3 miles then you have some nice views back the way you came from the center of the meadow. You cross the meadow and go off to the meadow's right side where the trail climbs steeply and switches back to dead end into the Missionary ridge trail at 3.83 miles. From the Missionary Ridge trail there are nice views both east towards trailhead and west toward the animas valley and you can see the LaPlatas off in the distance to the west. Trailhead elevation 7900', trail end at 9460' or roughly 1600' gain-more if you go north or south on the missionary ridge trail. When we went there were lots of newly fallen trees across the trail in the old Missionary ridge fire burn area many yrs ago about halfway up the trail. Trail description says wildlife but we did not see any large mammals-lots of deer scat on the trail however.

Dustin Hayden
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Zebulon Scoville
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Candice Reeve
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Doug H.
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Alan Copeland
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Amber Albo
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Ken Nesbitt
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Jill S
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Ray Twillman
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Kim Benedict
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Esperanza Apodaca
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David J Veit
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andrew edmonds
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