Telluride Nordic Association-

maintains and grooms trails at Priest Lake and Trout Lake. Funding from The Town of Telluride, County Open Space and the Telluride Foundation covers roughly one third of the total cost of trail maintenance. Net proceeds from Nordic Center operations also go towards trail maintenance. The balance of funds required for trail maintenance (roughly half) come from TNA memberships and donations.

If you are a regular user of TNA trails, please become a member. Membership information is available on the website Home Page. Guests and occasional users are encouraged to donate $15 per person per day. Donation boxes are located at the Priest and Trout Lake (lower) trailheads. Online donations are possible via the donate button at the top of this page. Thank you for supporting TNA!

Dogs are currently allowed at Priest and Trout Lake trails provided owners are able to control and pick up after their dogs. Priest Lake has designated DOG FRIENDLY TRAILS. All trails at Trout Lake are dog friendly. Skiing with more than one dog is strongly discouraged. Doggie cleanup bags are available at Priest Lake and the lower Trout Lake trailhead. Dog owners should also pick up any branches or twigs deposited on groomed trails by their animals as the debris interferes with the grooming equipment.

Click the White box in top right corner of the map to view in full screen. Click on individual colored segments to view trail information.

Download Map of Nordic Trails in the Region

Mt. Snow Bikes should not be used on trails at Priest or Trout Lake. There are designated multi-use trails on the Valley Floor where mt. bikes may be used. Dogs are not allowed on any groomed trail on the Valley Floor except Boomerang Road and designated portions of the River Trail.

The Town of Telluride maintains trails on the Valley Floor. Telluride Mountain Village maintains the multi-use trails in the Mt. Village. Telluride Ski Resort maintains the Topaten Nordic trails.


The Priest Lake trails are located 12.5 miles south of Telluride, on the east side of Hwy 145, just past the Materhorn Campground.  The trail head is at the Forest Service facility about 500 yards past the campground entrance.  These trails feature a variety of interconnected loops over rolling terrain.

Dogs: New this season, the USFS has approved designation of dogDog Printfriendly trails at Priest Lake.  Dogs are welcome on designated dog friendly trails (see map below) with direct and constant owner supervision and control. Look for new the trail signage (soon) at the Priest trailhead and along the designated route. Dogs are also welcome on all trails at Trout Lake. Matterhorn Cabin Rental at Priest Lake:  The USFS is offering the Matterhorn Cabin at Priest Lake for nightly rentals.  Click the link for more info.

Priest Lake Parking:  The Forest Service completed a new parking lot for Priest Lake this year (see map). Public parking in the new  lot is perpendicular along the east and west sides.

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The Trout Lake Railroad Grade is distinguished by its consistently receiving significantly more snow than any other Nordic trail in the region.  It is always the first and last trail skiable for the season. Skiers are encouraged to access the trail from the top of Lizard head Pass.  Doing so reduces impacts of traffic and maintenance on the Trout Lake Road for Trout Lake residents.  Limited parking is available at the USFS rest station at the top of the Pass. TNA plans to set up a new sign-in station and donation box at the top of the RR Grade. Currently, the only station is located at the bottom of the RR Grade.  Please remember to use it! Dogs are welcome on the Trout Lake RR Grade provided the dog has a responsible owner!  Please clean up after your pet and shorten your leash when other skiers are present (more than one skier has been “clothes-lined” by a dog leash).

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View the Valley Floor Trail map to learn about nordic opportunities within the majestic Telluride Valley.

Download Valley Floor Map

Dogs are not allowed on Valley Floor Nordic trails. See the map for designated dog trails.

Skiers of all levels enjoy 15 kilometers of rolling, open terrain on Telluride’s valley floor. Trails originate at the west end of town at the corner of Mahoney and Pacific Street. There is track specially set for snow bikes. Please note the uses allowed on the different color-coded trails shown in the map.   Mt. Bikes, hikers and snowshoers are allowed ONLY on the designated blue or yellow (multi-use) trails. 


Just outside the doors of the Nordic Center you will find three kilometers of immaculately groomed trail winding through Town Park.   This is the perfect place to take a lesson or grab a quick aerobic workout.  Contact the Nordic Center at 728-1144 to book lessons, schedule a tour or for information about Nordic skiing and events.

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WINTER TRAILS DETAILS:  Mountain Village grooms almost eight miles of winter trails to create a quality surface for as many users as possible. Trails accommodate skiers, hikers, snowshoers and bikers as well as dogs who are accompanied by a responsible dog owner. Mountain Village asks that foot and bike traffic stays to the sides of the trails, off the classic grooves. The following trails are part of the Winter Trail System. Each one is interconnected, starting at the Telluride Valley Floor via the Boomerang Trail and continuing up to Mountain Village’s winter trails, which are located on the Telluride Ski & Golf Company’s golf course. These trails reach into Mountain Village Center and extend out to the Mountain Village entrance. Please review our Nordic and Snowshoe Trails Map to help navigate our trail system.


TRAIL ACCESS: For your convenience, there are multiple access points to our winter trails. If you are driving, you may access the trails from Adams Ranch Road, 100 yards north of the intersection at Mountain Village Boulevard where there is free parking along the roadway. Or if you’re in Mountain Village Center, access is available from The Peaks Resort and The Peaks ski trail, at the top of the chondola. For those in need of classic or skate skis or snowshoes, visit one of our local retail sports shops. And after you are done, come relax next to one of our fire pits in Mountain Village Center.


TopAten Snowshoe & Nordic Area Located at the Top of Lift 10, the TopAten Snowshoe and Nordic Area offers 10 kilometers of groomed, rolling trails that lead nordic skiers and snowshoers through high alpine forests and magical open meadows. The serene trails offer breathtaking views of Prospect Bowl, Palmyra Peak and the surrounding San Juan Mountains.  Advanced skiers and snowshoers can continue outside the boundary of the ski area to Alta Lakes on National Forest trails.  A warming teepee, picnic deck and restrooms are open to the public daily. For daily grooming status, find Boomerang Loop, Magic Meadows Loop and Lynx Loop under the “Sunshine Express” section of Snow Report’s Trails & Grooming tab.  Trails marked with a “G” were groomed within the past 24 hours.

Lynx Loop 3.8
Magic Meadows Loop 4.0
Boomerang Loop 1.8


Visit the Snow Report for daily grooming status information.

Nordic skiers may purchase a round-trip ticket on Lift-10 to access Topaten trails.  Topaten may also be accessed by skiing up the Galloping Goose Alpine trail.