Quoted by many visitors already as “the best mountain biking trails outside Moab!”, the new nineteen mile Thunder Trail system has opened on the West End of San Miguel County, in the Uncompahgre National Forest on Wright’s Mesa. The trails are located four miles south of Norwood on Thunder Road (Forest Road 609) and weave in and out of ponderosa pine forest along Naturita Canyon. Motorcycles, mountain bikes, hikers and horses are all welcome on the multi-‐use trails.
Those looking to enjoy the offerings over multiple days can camp in designated sites along Thunder Road at the north end of the trail system. In addition, all ability levels will find routes to their liking along the Thunder Trails system, which consists of four interconnected loops of roughly 4-‐5 miles each (Thunder Loop, Portis Loop, Naturita Rim Loop and Goshorn Loop). Those trails west of Thunder Road are rockier and more technical while those east of the road are smoother, flatter and faster.
Directions and maps:
The trail system is located about 4 miles south of Norwood.
From Grand Ave/Main Street in Norwood:
• Travel to the far west end of Grand Avenue. • Left on Aspen Street (CR 42ZS) and go south 1 mile. (“Nat’l Forest Access” sign). • Turn right onto Y43 Road, travel 1/2 mile. • Turn left on CR 41.5Y Road, travel south 1.7 miles. • Turn right onto FSR 609, travel 1.2 miles to the Thunder Trails Trailhead parking.