This trail is part of the running route for the Pagosa Duathlon Race coming up on July 10. This race is a fund raiser event for the Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program. It includes a “Mini-Du” kid’s race with a half-mile run and a one-mile bike ride. The “Half Du” is a 3-mile run and a 7-mile mountain bike ride. The “Full Du” is a 6-mile run and a 12-mile mountain bike ride. Race and registration information can be found at www.acvap.org/duathlon.html. This is a fun, family-oriented race. Join the fun even if you don't often enter running and mountain biking races.
The maps at the right (and below) show the route of the "Full Du" and the "Half Du." The single-track running portion is on the “Cross-country Ski Trail” in the Turkey Springs area. This is a smooth, flat and easy running trail. Think of this trail as “a stroll in the park.” It’s only about a mile and a half long. The remainder of the run is on graveled forest roads.
The mountain bike route is 12 miles for the full duathlon and 7 miles for the "Half Du." It includes both single track and graveled forest roads.
To get to the trailhead, drive up Piedra Road for 6.5 miles. Shortly after the asphalt ends and you’ve entered the San JuanNational Forest, you will see Turkey Springs Road (Forest Road 629) your left. Follow this road up the hill for about 1.2 miles and turn left onto Newt Jack Road (Forest Road 923). A short distance down this road you will see a trail coming from your left and a trail going to your right. The one going to your right is the Cross-country Ski Trail. Follow the blue sign posts that mark this trail.