Pagosa Loop Trail is a 11 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Nutria, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

Users have reported that although the trail is public, parking at the trailhead might not be.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is public as it is on USFS land. Only the trailhead @ gate 5 is marked for residents only. Respect that and park at the public parking lot/trailhead off N. Pagosa Blvd. as shown on the All Trails map.
If parking is full there there are several other USFS gates that are on public land but all require street parking which is usually not a problem as long as you're not blocking the road.
This map shows a MTB/road biking loop but for hikers/snowshoers better loops can be made from 312, 311, 315, 305 trails. Nice scenery and rarely used in winter. But bring a map/compass/GPS as some of the trails are hard to follow when snow covered.

hiking
6 months ago

I checked this trail out today as well. The trail is probably not private - but parking and entry at "gate 5" is. http://www.plpoa.com/News/22408~404096/GATE-5-PARKING-IS-ONLY-OPEN-TO-PAGOSA-LAKES-RESIDENTS. this should probably be removed from all trails. My regards to Pagosa Lakes Residents, giving me a bad impression of the people and area.

trail running
Saturday, January 13, 2018

Unlike the other reviewer, I did not ever see a sign that the trail was closed. The trail was relatively flat and great for trail running. The only negatives are that it isn’t particularly well marked at portions, it runs along the road, and it’s really more of a piecemeal combination of other trails. Overall, though, great for trail running or for a long but relatively easy hike.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

This is a private trail, and there is a nasty sign at the trail head informing you that if you hike this trail, you will be in trouble.

birding
Friday, April 21, 2017