Hike in Durango, Colorado
A Four Season Vacation Experience

Durango Area Hiking Trails


You'll love hiking in Durango. Select any direction to discover the stunning natural beauty of thousands of miles of hiking trails. For quick, convenient hikes, there are many easy to moderate trails within the town limits of Durango including along the Animas River. To the north and west, progress through dense forests to wilderness mountain trails of the majestic San Juan Mountains that feature astounding panoramic views, trails through colorful meadows of wildflowers and frequent sightings of bountiful wildlife.


Pristine, quiet tranquility. An adventurous escape from day-to-day routine. Places where the hectic pace of city life fades away. Choose your season. Choose your style. Even in the winter heavy snow, you can strap on the snow shoes and enjoy the outdoor nature that surrounds Durango, Colorado. We've highlighted some of the more convenient and popular hiking trails in Durango CO and the Durango area.


If you love to hike, you will love Durango.




Trails Within Durango



Santa Rita Park Trail
Rating: Easy
Distance: 3.0 miles
Description: runs along Animas River
Directions: Hwy 550 south to Durango Visitor Center (111 South Camino Del Rio, 970-247-3500).
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Colorado Trail at Junction Creek
Rating: Easy (first 5.0 miles) / Difficult (21.5 miles total)
Distance: 5.0 miles (to bridge and back)
Description: one of the best in Durango. It does go all the way to Denver, but chances are you won't go this far! The bridge is at 2.5 miles and is a good turn-back for beginners. Take a dip in one of the numerous pools along the way.
Directions: North on 550, left at W. 25th Street. Through subdivision cross cattle guard and park in the lot.
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Animas Trail Mountain
Rating: Easy
Distance: 5.0 miles (round-trip)
Description: view of the Animas River, Elk and deer during winter months in upper elevations.
Directions: North on Hwy. 550. Left on 32nd Street to end. Right on W. 4th Avenue, 2 blocks to parking.
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Raider Ridge Overlook
Rating: Easy
Distance: 1.0 mile
Description: Great view of Fort Lewis College campus and Durango.
Directions: 8th Avenue. Take 3rd Street to end.
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Lion's Den Trail
Rating: Easy
Distance: 2.0 miles
Descripton: multi-use trail, picnic areas, playground area, restrooms & softball fields. Across from Fort Lewis College Recrecation Complex.
Directions: Take E. 3rd Ave. NE, merge onto Florida Road, right on College Drive, right onto Rim Drive.
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Centennial Nature Trail
Rating: Easy
Distance: 1.0 miles
Description: connects the college with Durango.
Directions: take North College Drive or 8th Avenue to Rim Drive (parking across from Chapel).
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Mission Ridge
Rating: Moderate
Distance: 6.4 miles
Description: Haflin Canyon leads up from Animas Valley, approx. 3,000 feet ascent, wooded. Begins at 6,620 feet and goes to 9,400 feet. Great view of valley.
Directions: East on 32nd Street to end, left on County Road 250, 5 miles ahead to Haflin Creek.
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Trails in the Durango Area



Goulding Creek Trail
Rating: Moderate
Distance: 6.0 miles
Description: best in Fall. Takes you above Hermosa Cliffs close to Tamarron Resort.
Directions: take Hwy. 550 north out of Durango for 17 miles to entrance of Tamarron Resort.
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Pass Creek Trail / Engineer Mountain
Rating: Moderate
Distance: 5.0 miles
Description: A well-marked summer favorite. The higher altitude can be a challenge if you're not fit (wait a few days upon arrival to acclimate). Gorgous alpine meadows at top, great views of Animas Valley & Needles Mountains. Summer flowers in July/August.
Directions: North on Hwy. 550 past Durango Mountain Resort toward Silverton. Turn into rest area between mile marker 56 & 57. Take dirt road on the left.
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Dry Fork Trail
Rating: Easy to Difficult
Distance: 6.0 miles
Description: great views of La Plata Mountains and hooks up with Colorado Trail. This is a multi-use trail - careful! Creek crossing, views of Durango from Mesa.
Directions: West on Hwy. 160, north on Lightner Creek Road (Co. Rd. 207). Turn onto Dry Fork Road at fork. Enter Perins Peak Wildlife Area, 2 miles, right at fork, 1 mile to trailhead.
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Coal Bank Loop
Rating: More Difficult
Description: located at the base of Engineer Mountain - multi-use trail.
Directions: North on Hwy. 550 - 8 miles to top of Coal Bank Pass - park on access road.
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Potato (Spud) Lake Trail
Rating: Moderate
Distance: 2.0 miles
Description: nice day hike - climb from 9,360 feet to 9,800 feet. Ponds, fishing along the way, camping, great for kids.
Directions: North on Hwy. 550 to Potato Lake.



La Plata Canyon
Rating: Easy to Difficult
Distance: various
Description: beautiful alpine flowers, lakes, numerous options.
Directions: West on Hwy. 160 10 miles past Durango. Enter Hesperus, right on La Plata Canyon Road. Drive 6-14 miles - find various places to explore. Upon exiting canyon, you can take road to bridge and hike at abandoned mine.
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