Cross country skiing offered at Mesa Verde

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Cross country skiing offered at Mesa Verde

National park has groomed trails, snowshoe rentals
Tracy Farmer cross country skis Saturday in the Morefield Campground area at Mesa Verde.

Cross country skiing offered at Mesa Verde

Tracy Farmer cross country skis Saturday in the Morefield Campground area at Mesa Verde.
More groomed areas

Chicken Creek Nordic Area
Located north of Mancos, this local skate-skiing mecca offers up to six miles of groomed trails with adjacent classic track, plus many more miles of just classic track.
As of Jan. 30, only the Bauer loops had been groomed, but more grooming is in the works. Recent skate skiing was describe as “a sublime experience with fresh firm corduroy” by the Chicken Creek Nordic blogspot. The Rush Connector, Rush Creek Loop, and CC road to the turnaround, have been machine packed. Trailhead access and parking is from the Millwood Road (CR 40). Dogs are allowed on the lower trails, but are prohibited on the three upper loop sections. For more information go to http://chickencreeknordic.blogspot.com/
Lizard Head Pass
The Telluride Nordic Association does daily groomings on trails at Lizard Head Pass, Trout Lake, and Priest Lake. The pass area has seen three to five feet of snow from the recent storms.
Conditions are typically good to excellent for skate and classic skiing between storm cycles, and soft but good during storm cycles. The Lizard Head Pass to Trout Lake trail is distinguished by consistently receiving significantly more snow than any other Nordic trail in the region. It is always the first and last trail skiable for the season.
Skiers can access the 6.5 mile Trout Lake trail from the top of Lizard Head Pass. There is ample parking and a nearby USFS rest area. For more information go to http://www.telluridetrails.org/index.html
Rico
The town grooms a 5-mile network of trails on the west and east side of town. The Rico trail system is decidedly casual, and not ideal for skate skiing, although it is still possible. The eastern trail, accessible from the Mill Road, is more forested with some gradual climbs and nice views of town and the valley.
“We get lots of walkers, snowshoers, and traditional cross-country use. Dogs are welcome as well,” said local skier Deanna Drew.

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