Durango, Colorado Hiking Information & Trails
Hiking Trails Near Durango, Colorado.
Goulding Creek Trail
Distance: 6 Mile Round Trip
Location: Take Highway 550 From Durango and go one mile north of the Tamarron Resort's entrance. The trail begins 17 miles north of Durango on the west side of High 550.
The Goulding Creek trail is a spectacular September and early October hike because of the golden colors provided by changing Aspen groves. This trail is considered moderate to difficult hike that climbs above the Hermosa Cliffs near Tamarron Resort. If you're lucky you will see grazing elk.
Animas Mountain Trail
Distance: 5 Mile Round Trip
Location: In downtown Durango turn left on 32nd Street (west of Main Avenue) to its end on West 4th Avenue. Take a right and go 2 blocks to the end of the street. There is parking available.
The Animas Mountain Trail is a 5 mile round trip hike that is great for any time of the year though summer is best because there will be no snow. This is a great trail for excellent views of the Animas Valley along with elk and deer sightings. This is a multi-purpose trail so hikers should use caution.
Raider Ridge Overlook
Distance: 1 Mile Hike
Location: Take 8th Avenue to 3rd street and travel one block east until you come to the parking lot. You will see the Raider Ridge Overlook trail at the parking lot.
The Raider Ridge Overlook is a pleasant 1 mile hike that gives away to great views of Fort Lewis College and the town of Durango. You can also gaze out on the La Plata Mountains. If you're lucky, you will spot deer, elk and a variety of wildlife in the area.
Animas View Overlook Trail
Distance: .6 Miles
Location: Head north from Durango on Main Avenue to 25th Street. Take a left on 25th which is also called Junction Creek Road. Proceed for three miles and continue on the dirt road past Junction Creek Campground. On the right you will see a parking lot with restrooms along with the trailhead for Animas View Overlook trail.
Animas View Overlook Trail is a convenient and easy .6-mile journey. This is one of the only wheelchair accessible trails in Durango. Enjoy fun and educational signage that explains the geologic uplifting of the San Juan Mountains. The hike leads to the San Juan Mountain Overlook, which provides a beautiful view of the Animas Valley.
Mountain View Crest
Distance: 9-10-miles Round Trip
Location: From downtown Durango, head north on Main Avenue to 32nd Street and turn right. Follow the road until you reach East Animas Road (County Road 250), turn left and proceed 9 miles to Missionary Ridge Road. Take a right an travel 19 miles to Henderson Lake Road and turn right. Follow it 4 miles to the wilderness boundary and park your car. The last 4 miles may require a 4-wheel drive vehicle. From the wilderness boundary, hike north along the east side of Lima Mesa past Silver Lake and up to the summit of Mountain View Crest.
Mountain View Crest Trail offers amazing views of the Chicago Basin, Turret Peak and Pigeon Peak. With views of the Weminuche Wilderness. This is a full day hike and requires a high level of fitness. The final elevation is 12,998 feet.
Missionary Ridge Trail
Distance: 6.4 Miles Round Trip
Location: From Durango, head east on 32nd Street and travel to the end, turning left on County Road 250. After just over 5 miles of travel, you'll see a sign (on the east side of the road) for Haflin Creek.
The Missionary Ridge Trail is a classic half day hike through enchanting forests. This is a advanced hike so hikers should be reasonably fit. You will gain nearly 3,000 feet on the accent. The hike also encounters an amazing variety of flora and fauna. good half-day, advanced hike through deep woods, Haflin Canyon takes you up from the Animas Valley through nearly 3,000 feet of ascent, almost always through trees. This 6.4-mile round trip hike starts at 6,620 feet and climbs to 9,400 feet, beginning near Haflin Creek.
Santa Rita Park Trail
Distance: 3 Miles Round Trip
Location: Take Highway 550 south to the Durango Visitor Center, at Santa Rita Park (formerly called Gateway Park.) The trail can be taken to the east, leading to the Durango Mall, or west, past the DoubleTree Hotel.
The Santa Rita Park Trail is a pleasant trail which is great for families. The trail parallels the Animas River. The trail is a quick and easy 3-mile walk that can be followed by relaxing in the park while the kids have fun at the playground.
Hermosa Creek Trail
Distance: Easy No Elevation Change
Location: Take Highway 550 north of Durango to Hermosa. Turn left and travel west until you meet County Road 203. Turn north and proceed about five miles to where the road ends and the trail begins. Parking is available here.
Hermosa Creek trail provides cover from pine, spruce and Colorado style wildflowers. Enjoy creek crossings with up close views of aquatic life in the Colorado Rockies. If you're lucky you will encounter deer, elk, plenty of birds and the very rare bear. Hermosa Creek Trail is one of the heavily used trails in Southwestern Colorado. It is also considered one of the easiest because there are no major changes in altitude. This is also a multi-use trail, so use caution when hiking.
Lion's Den Trail
Distance: Easy No Elevation Change
Location: From the town of Durango, Colorado take East 3rd Ave northeast to merge with Florida Road. Take a right on College Drive. Follow uphill for 1 mile and take the 2nd right west onto Rim Drive. Follow for mile to the edge of the mesa. Turn left into the first dirt parking lot on your right. Or turn right and follow Rim Drive north to Lion's Den, where off-road parking is available on the left.
Lion's Den Trail is a perfect hike for a family with children. This path is a multi-use path for hiking and mountain biking so hikers should use caution. The trail is located across from Fort Lewis College Recreation Complex, complete with a playground, covered picnic areas, restrooms and softball fields.