Distance of the basic loop: 7 miles.
Perhaps the easiest place to begin this loop is at the City Market Parking lot at the corner of U.S, Hwy 160 and N. Pagosa Blvd. To follow the mileages, reset your bike computer/GPS unit at the stoplight where Pagosa Blvd crosses Hwy 160.
Most local riders do this loop clockwise.
Add a second or third loop with variations (see below) to get a longer ride in.
One popular variation you can make to extend the length of this loop is to begin up S. Pagosa Blvd for half a mile, then turn left onto Capricho Circle which becomes Bristle Cone Dr. (Google Maps calls it "Bristle Cove"). There are several good asphalt roads there to explore. Exit back to S. Pagosa Blvd. on Mariposa Drive (see Google map at right).
Note: You should be able to manipulate the Google map, below, to zoom in, click and drag, and see different terrain and satellite images.