Create an account

Start your adventure today.


    Already a member? Login

    Dry Fork Loop Trail

    This reflects the 10Adventures difficulty rating for each route. We aim to keep ratings consistent across regions.
    This reflects the estimated time the majority of users will take on this trail. If you are slower, add time to the top-end figure. If you are fast, then you may complete this route faster than this time range.
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    14.0 km
    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    420 m
    User Ratings
    These ratings are completed by users who have completed this trail and not subject to reviews by 10Adventures.
    Be the first to add a review!
    Directions to Trailhead

    The Dry Fork Loop Trail is a great intermediate length hiking route near Durango, Colorado that features a serene woodland landscape and scenic views. While out on the trail, you will climb uphill through a beautiful meadow, before looping around the forest to reach the viewpoint known as Gudy’s Rest. This is a fantastic adventure that should be explored if you find yourself in Durango.

    Download the 10Adventures App

    View Dry Fork Loop Trail on Map

    View Map

    Join our newsletter

    Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers

    Route Description for Dry Fork Loop Trail

    Featuring a beautiful stretch of woodland landscape and scenic views from a bench that surveys the surrounding landscape, the Dry Fork Loop Trail is an exceptional route that is perfectly suited for a fun day out on the trails near Durango.

    Setting out from the parking area, you will follow the trail to the northwest and climb through a scenic meadow, before entering into the cover of the forest. Keeping right at the junction in the trail, you will cross over Dry Fork Lightner Creek and climb further uphill to reach the stunning viewpoint at Gudy’s Rest.

    This beautiful vista was named after Gudy Gaskill, the woman largely recognized for being the driving spirit behind the creation of the Colorado Trail. After taking in the views, you will head west along the hillside and begin descending to the southeast, once again traversing the forests and meadows on the return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Dry Fork Loop Trail Trailhead

    The starting point for the Dry Fork Loop Trail can be found along County Road 208, just 11.4 km northwest of Durango.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do


    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage


    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type


    Dry Fork Loop Trail Elevation Graph

    Weather Forecast

    Check Area Weather

    Dry Fork Loop Trail Reviews

    Add a comment

    You must be logged in to post a comment.

    Nearby Trails

    Nearby Regions

    Get travel inspiration and discounts

    Join our weekly travel newsletter