Awesome Durango Hikes for Your Southwest Colorado Trip
By Molly • September 18, 2013
Animas City Mountain Trail – This 6 mile loop is a moderate hike offering some of the best views of the Animas River Valley! The first 2.5 – 3 miles is a steady climb up to 8,161 feet with several overlook points along the way. The trail then loops back and provides great views of the La Plata Mountains before it descends through Ponderosa Pines back to the trail head.
From downtown, drive north and turn left on 32nd Street, then turn right on West 4th Avenue and continue 2 blocks to the dirt parking lot.
Overend Mountain Park (Test Tracks) – A local mountain biking favorite, this area also offers fun terrain for anything from mild family hikes to intense trail runs! Miles of trails intertwine at clearly marked intersections, making it easy to select the appropriate route. Hogsback can be climbed with a challenging, but short 2-mile round-trip trail. The top of Hogsback yields a rewarding view of downtown Durango. Easiest access is from the Montview Parkway Trailhead.
From Hwy 550 (Main Ave), turn west onto 22nd Street. Take the 3rd left onto Montview Parkway and follow it for 0.5 miles to the marked trailhead (limited parking).
Raider’s Ridge – This is a mild to moderate hike overlooking town and Fort Lewis College with the La Plata Mountains in the distance. Easiest access is from the Horse Gulch trail head.
From downtown, head east on College Drive and turn right onto East 8th Avenue. After a few blocks turn left down East 3rd Street to the dead end parking lot. The first 0.5-mile is steady uphill back into Horse Gulch. Take the first left past the main trail head and continue to climb trails to the top of the ridge line.
Rim Trail – An easy, 2 mile loop surrounding the Fort Lewis College campus with great views of town and the La Plata Mountains.
Access by climbing up Chapman Hill or driving up North College Drive to Rim Drive and parking across from the chapel.
Animas River Trail – This mild, paved trail follows the Animas River for 7 miles through the heart of Durango. It is well used throughout the entire year by hikers, bikers, tourists and locals in transit. The path grants access to several parks, bridges, businesses, fishing, and other various outdoor activities. Several times each day, the historic Durango Train steams by sections of the trail!