Bureau of Land Management, Colorado.
This comparatively low-elevation (6,000-7,000 feet) area offers a unique combination of terrain, scenery, and climate that allows for nearly year-round recreation close to towns and surrounded by panoramic backdrops. The relatively small blocks of public land are particularly well-suited to non-motorized trail use with opportunities for short motorized trails. This area also contains the only "open" (to cross country travel) motorized areas in the field office, providing rock crawling, OHV play and skill-building. Mountain biking trail systems are currently the greatest draw, highlighted by Phil's World just east of Cortez, which is one of the BLM's 20 premier mountain biking destinations. For more information, please contact the Tres Rios Field Office.
From Main Ave. (Hwy 550) in Durango turn West onto US Highway 160, this turn is on the South end of Durango just south of College Drive at a stoplight. Stay on this highway for roughly 40 miles, this will take you through Hesperus and then the small town of Mancos. The parking lot for the trailhead will be on the right-hand side (North) of Highway 160 before you reach Cortez. If traveling from Cortez, the trailhead is approximately 4 miles East of town on the left side (North) of Highway 160.