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Boggy Draw A quick road trip form Durango, Boggy Draw lies very close to the quaint little town of Dolores, Colorado and offers a wide variety of uses.  Most of the trails are singletrack loops that cross Forest Service roads and wind their way through pine forests and along a neat mountain plateau.  The area itself is quite expansive and the loops make for a fairly big hike or bike ride so give yourself some time to fully explore. Boggy Draw is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and available trail uses are for hiking, biking, horseback riding, Hunting, A.T.V. / Motorcycles, Cross Country skiing and Snowmobiling. Forest Service markers are posted along the trails and you can visit their website for current information. The trails here are flat and easy with the exception of the western portion of the Bean Canyon Loop that follows down a small canyon but most should be suitable for beginners. This area is a popular recreation destination because it is shady and cool in the summer the trails are easy and not very crowded. Motorcycles and ATV's are allowed on the OHV trails / roads and riders can make quick work of the longer loops and hop off for a great view of the Dolores valley. For your horses there are a few livestock ponds for watering, wild grasses for grazing and plenty of trees to tie to but no corrals at this point.  In the winter it becomes a Nordic paradise and cross country skiers, snowmobilers, and people snow shoeing will be out enjoying themselves in the snow. The trail will become more obscure with higher accumulations and it may be easier to navigate if you familiarize yourself with the routes during the summer. The forests service roads and OHV trails are quite easy to follow and a snowmobile can be fun fast way to travel them. The best times to hike and bike are from the late spring to late fall (May through October) and there is usually enough snow for winter activities beginning in December through March. Late March and April are the "muddy months" and it's called Boggy Draw for a reason. Rain and spring thaws will make much of the area sticky and Icky so it is advised to check local weather conditions or contact the Dolores visitor center for an update. Summer temperatures generally range in the mid 80'sF and in the winter temperatures can fluctuate quickly and extremely. For the most part look for 30'sF and 40'sF but be ready for sudden storms and big temperature drops like those that can occur anywhere in the Rocky Mountains. Be prepared and follow back country winter protocols. Hunting season is well under way by September and there is a slight shift in trail use in favor of horses and OHV's. It is also a great time to see fall colors and enjoy cooler weather. Boggy Draw is an awesome spot for a weekend road trip that is great for family and friends to get out and enjoy. So pack up the kids, leash up the dog, grab the hiking boots and Go-Outdoors!
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