Round Trip Distance: 3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
XC Skill level:
Elevation: 9256 - 946 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 1 hr. 30 mins.
Trailhead: Adams Ranch Rd.
Fee: none
Attractions: groomed trail

The Boulevard trail is located in Mountain Village near Telluride, Colorado. During the winter months when the snow is deep enough the trail is groomed with a skate lane and a set of classic tracks and becomes part of the Mountain Village Nordic and Snowshoe Trails. Beginning near Highway 145 the trail travels beside Mountain Village Blvd. for 1.5 miles to where the Galloping Goose Ski Run passes under the boulevard and the groomed portion of the trail comes to an end.

To get to the trailhead turn off of Highway 145 at the signs for the ski area and Mountain Village. Take the first left onto the Adams Ranch Road and continue for another hundred yards or so and park in the pullout on the west side of the road.

From the parking area get up onto the Wilson Loop and begin following it to the left.

As the Wilson Loop comes to a bend a couple hundred feet from the trailhead take the second trail on the left that crosses the Adams Ranch Road near the intersection.

The trail starts out on the north side of Mountain Village Blvd. making a little dip across a drainage.

Just before reaching Pennington Place the trail cuts across to the south side of the road.

Once on the south side of the road the Boulevard trail begins a loop. It doesn't matter which way you go because both routes reunite a short distance later.

After crossing a large open area the trail bumps up against Mountain Village Blvd. once again and makes a sharp turn to the right to remain on the south side of the road. Across the road from this spot is Russel Drive and the start of the Double Eagle Loop.

As the Boulevard trail continues along the south side of the road it begins a climbing gently into the trees.

For a short distance the trail becomes hidden by the trees from the view of passing vehicles.

The grooming comes to an end where the Galloping Goose Ski Run passes beneath Mountain Village Blvd. Snow shoes would be required to continue past this point on the Boulevard trail. There is the option of following the ski run down to either the Double Eagle Loop or the Elk Crossing trail and following one of those routes back to the trailhead. For this post we turned around and headed back the same way that we came.

Right before the Boulevard trail crosses the Adams Ranch Road near the trailhead there is a crosswalk that leads to the short section of the Boulevard trail that continues to a turnaround loop near Highway 145 and the entrance to Mountain Village. It is about a quarter mile from this point to the turnaround.

There are incredible views no matter which direction you are traveling on the Boulevard trail. On the day that we took the photos for this post the air was calm in Mountain Village but high up on the 13 and 14 thousand foot peaks and ridges you could see the wind stripping away the fresh layer of snow creating a mist at first that eventually formed into new clouds that gradually darkened the sky. The Boulevard trail has less traffic than others like the Wilson Loop and it might be the prettiest of all the Mountain Village trails. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.