Trail Name: Burn Canyon Trails
Best Use: Mountain Biking, Hiking
Best Time for Use: All seasons for hiking. Biking – Spring, Summer, Fall (Closed to bikes 12/1 – 4/30)
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate icon-beginnericon-intermediate
Length: 8.6 miles
Buttermilk Loop: 1.3 miles
Pinyon Point Loop:2.6 miles
Old Nelson Cut-off: 0.6 miles
Cedar Post Loop: 2.0 miles
Hidout Canyon Loop: 1.4 miles
Posey’s Spur: 0.7 miles
Start Elevation: Burn Canyon Trail Head 6903 ft Maximum Elev Gain and Loss from Start Elev: 1122ft gain/ 1040ft loss, Buttermilk Loop: 179ft gain/ 174ft loss, Pinyon Point Loop: 288ft gain/ 241ft loss, Old Nelson Cut-off: 206ft gain/ 166ft loss, Cedar Post Loop: 229ft gain/ 226ft loss, Hideout Canyon Loop: 81ft gain/ 170ft loss, Posey’s Spur: 139ft gain/ 63ft loss
Trail Surface and Use: Single Track dirt and rocks.
Trail Head Access: Suitable for 2WD auto.
Trail Head Coordinates: 38°8’17.83″N, 108°20’20.02″W
Trail Head Directions: The trail system is located about a couple of miles northwest of Norwood, Colorado via paved and dirt roads. Passenger cars can access any of the trails under most road conditions. From Norwood’s main street (Grand Avenue): Travel to the far west end of Grand Avenue; follow the highway as it curves to the right; pass the fairgrounds on your right. Turn left at the first opportunity AA42 Road (also known as W35 and Norwood Burn Road); follow this road for about 2.9 miles. It passes the Pioneer Village subdivision and Elder’s junkyard. This Road changes to Norwood Burn Road. Pass a sign for McKee Draw hiking trails. Continue on this road as it takes switchbacks into a canyon. At the bottom the road crosses a small bridge over Naturita Creek. Continue on the same road up a hillside and around some switchbacks where after climbing the hill you will find a parking area on your right. The trail head for the Burn Canyon Trail Loops start here.
Best Feature: Fun, fast, flowing, friendly single track for biking accessed from the parking area. Rocky areas above the canyons are a highlight. Extended riding season open into late fall and one of the first areas in the spring to melt off and dry out.
Cautions: Look out for horses, and occasional cows out to pasture. Wear orange during hunting seasons.

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Description: The upper parking lot provides access to the Burn Canyon MTB trails and the McKee Draw hiking trails. The first loop from the parking area is Buttermilk Loop. It is an easy warm-up loop suitable for all ages and abilities. The larger Pinyon Point Loop is a continuation of Buttermilk Loop and offer great views of Burn Canyon, Naturita Canyon and the mouth of McKee Draw. North from Pinyon Point Loop the Old Nelson Cut-off passes along the edge of Hideout Canyon and connects to the other two loops in this trail system. Cedar Post Loop is a fun, fast, smooth loop. Hideout Canyon is a continuation of Cedar Post Loop that is the most challenging loop in this trail system. It offers good views of Burn Canyon and the La Sal Mountains in Utah. Posey’s Spur Trail connects back to W35 road for an easy out back to the parking area.

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