Colorado Trail to Gudy's is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Durango, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Best day hike close to Durango. First part is along the creek. Lots of shade and moderate terrain. The last couple miles before Gudy's Rest area is somewhat steep switch backs but very manageable. Spectacular views from Gudy's. We hiked in a Friday so it was light traffic but see it getting busy on weekends.
Nice beautiful stroll close to town, there are no hot springs and no waterfalls, atleast not in the first portion to the top. Lots of traffic and bikes on the weekends, but overall it's still a really nice hike along a mountain stream. It'd be worth it to come in the evening and camp as there are multiple backcountry sites, and then do the hike in the morning before the crowds, and in summer, heat arrive.
There are a as many cattle grazing up here as deer, but its a nice loop close to town. It's in a pine forest, so not much of a view, but it's shady when it's hot.