Rico Winter Trails & Nordic Skiing
A 5-mile Trail Network
The Town of Rico hosts a 5-mile network of trails on the west and east sides of town. There are two trails on either side, the east side is comprised of the Argentine and the Enterprise Trails (in Silver Creek) and the west side is made up of the Piedmont & RGS Grade Trails. Right now, only the Piedmont section of trail is not being regularly groomed. The Rico trail system is decidedly casual, and not ideal for skate skiing, although it is possible for non-elitists. You will rarely encounter someone on the trail with you, and the trails are used mostly by walkers, snow bikes and traditional cross-country skiers. Dogs are welcome!
Before you head out, please remember the following guidelines:
• Share the Trail (paths are open to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists)
• Be Safe (maintain caution rounding blind curves and be courteous of the comfort of fellow users)
• Respect the Groom (when cross-country tracks are established, please refrain from walking, pedaling or motoring across them)
• Pack It In, Pack It Out (alpine trails are a litter free zone, deposit pet waste and trash in the rubbish bin provided)
• Stay the Course (keep on designated trails and be respectful of private property)
• Support the Effort (improve the quality of recreation in Rico by donating)
• Park Carefully (please don’t block or park in anyone’s driveway at the trailhead)
Check the Rico Trails Alliance Facebook page for grooming updates (make sure to “like” us to get the grooming report right to your own feed).
Argentine & Enterprise Trails
The eastern trails have gradual climbs and feature nice views of mining artifacts, the town of Rico, and the river valley. These trails are groomed regularly for both snow bikes and classic nordic skis. (PLEASE NOTE: Bikers should stay to the left for the firmest snow and lowest impact on the trail.)
Piedmont & RGS Trails
The western trails are flat and follow along the Dolores River for about a half mile in both directions. The RGS Trail is groomed/plowed and great for fat bikes (snow bikes). Please note the Piedmont trail is not regularly groomed, but can be fun trail-breaking for those on snowshoes or touring skis.