Nordic: Coyote Hill

If you're a fan of outdoor sports and adventure, then Nordic skiing in Pagosa Springs, Colorado should definitely be on your bucket list. Coyote Hill, located just a few miles north of Uptown in Pagosa Springs, is a popular spot for Nordic skiing enthusiasts.

Today, we follow local athlete and teacher Josh Kurz as he tours around Coyote Hill.

What is Nordic Skiing?

Nordic skiing, also known as cross-country skiing, is a popular winter sport that originated in Scandinavia. Unlike alpine skiing, which focuses on skiing downhill, Nordic skiing involves skiing across flat or rolling terrain using skis, poles, and specialized boots that clip onto the skis.

Nordic skiing is an excellent form of exercise that works the entire body and provides a great cardiovascular workout. It's also a great way to enjoy the beauty of the winter landscape, as skiers glide through forests, fields, and over hills.

Coyote Hill

Coyote Hill is a hidden gem in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. The Pagosa Ranger District grooms up to 14 km for skate skiing, with set tracks for classic cross-country skiing.

There's trails for each level of skier. The first level off the parking area is for beginners. The main trail continues up to the second level for 3 km of intermediate terrain. And finally, the upper loop offers another 6km of intermediate and 2km of advanced terrain.

Please note that the ski trails are groomed exclusively for cross-country skiing. No walkers! And no snowmobiles! Dogs should be leashed or under voice control. Pick up waste!

Coyote Hill is open daily from mid-December to mid-March, weather permitting.

Three Generations

Who is faster...a 60-something Chiropractor, a 40-something High School Teacher or a 20-something All-American Track Star at the Collegiate level?

The Pagosa Duathlon is the longest running race in the history of Pagosa Springs. And this year the Chiropractor, Teacher and College Athlete have come together to compete in this annual tradition that benefits a local charity called Rise Above Violence.

At some point in the history of Pagosa Springs, each of these men could claim the title of the fastest trail runner around. But to these three, it's not so much about the race but about the relationships developed through the love of trail running. The difference in age is just enough that each could be a father or son. And their relationships have taken on such a significant distinction.

There's so much more to this story that could be told. From how on earth does a 60-something man stay as fit as anyone else out there. To the values of family and career in the midst of training. To becoming a top-tier runner in only three years. To training for the Olympics in 2024. But today we focus on what matters more. The relationships and passing on the baton to the next generation. Watch the video above and then go out on your own trail run.