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Animas Mountain Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Durango, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,519 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Snowshoeing

Running

Views

Wildlife

Snow

No shade

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Getting There

Please note: As of March 08, 2020, users have reported that the back of the trail is closed so only the front loop is available. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Great loop that you can extend by taking the many side trails that all link back up. Easily accessible from town. You will see lots of climbers and folks bouldering. Still a good bit of snow through March and in the morning, quite icy, so bring YakTrax or similar.

Gravel parking lot at trailhead. No restrooms. Doggy waste bags available at trailhead.

TO TRAILHEAD: From Durango's Main Street, turn west onto 32nd Street and right onto West 4th Ave. Drive one block to the parking area and trailhead.

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Pedro Cruz
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Hiking

We did Animas to Sick Bird. Great hike with plenty of shade in the morning. We were up at a great view point for sunrise and it was amazing

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Vanessa Trujillo
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Nice trail for a good hike. Made it up and back in 2 hours and 6 minutes. If you’re in shape this hike should not be a problem. Not much shade on the trail so wear sunscreen!

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Harold Ortega
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Hiking

Needs better dirextions, easy to take wroung trail. Use the app, you will be ok

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Molly Murtaugh
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HikingNo shade

Nice views of town, but if you’re willing to drive you can get a much more scenic hike (try vallecito creek trail). Elevation gain was great for us to get acclimated coming from sea level. First two miles were tough

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Alyson Price
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HikingRocky

Absolutely amazing!! This one could probably rate hard, especially if you’re coming from sea level elevations. But well worth it!

Tom Thacker
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Hiking

Nice trail, challenging for novice hikers. Altitude an issue for us flatlanders (Florida) as hike tops out over 8000 ft. Take water, Gatorade, and snacks. We hiked counterclockwise using All Trails app which helped us at the many intersections we encountered. Great views first 3 miles on eastern side. Going down western side was in center of mountain with no views. If I hiked it again I would go up and down on eastern side for views. Also more mtn bikers on western trail.

Edward C.
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HikingRocky

Nice trail. Good climb. Bring water. None on trail.

Jonathan Garcia
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Jadd M.
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Very hot and dry. Good views from the top, and fine if you’re in Durango and looking for a nearby hike, but there are much better in the area.

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Lucas Valdez
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Kenny Roller
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Hiking

Amazing views from the top!!!

Craig McCloskey
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Hiking

Great trail. Went clockwise and was very scenic for the first couple miles but the rest was great. A moderate hike!

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Rachel Leach
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Hiking

This was a good trail, however it quickly rose in elevation. We didn’t plan on hiking Animas Mountain, we were searching for the sailing hawks loop but never found it. It was pretty rough terrain, lots of rocks and a fairly lengthy trail going up. We decided to go down on the Animas Mountain Trail 2 which is the inner trail on the big mountain loop. It ended up being about 3.6 miles but we had to turn back because of a storm. Good hike but be prepared for the quick elevation gain.

Paul BOUFFARD
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Hiking

Hiked the loop in clockwise fashion. From hikers to bikers, great to see so many people out there enjoying God's green earth. Sublime to majestic views up 'n back.

Ignacio Moreno Morales
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Hiking

This trail has such breathtaking views at different points but the best one is at the top where you can see the city and the river and the green plots of land plus amazing Mountains in the distance

Chas Karakey
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! A lot of great scenic spots to stop and see all of Durango! Definitely not for a hiker beginner!

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Meg Black Wolf
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Hiking

This was a great loop. I really enjoyed going counterclockwise as you get great views of the mountains on the descent which is pretty lovely. @blackwolfwanderers

Sheridan Davis
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Hiking

Do this hike for a workout, not for the scenery. It was very crowded and not well shaded. Decent for an in town hike

Scott Hulse
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Hiking

Great on-town hike! Enough elevation to make you work for the views at the top. This will be in my mid-week rotation!

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Michelle Lillywhite
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Hiking

Great trail with beautiful views! We hiked it with 4 kids from 8-12yrs old and they all did well. We went Right which I believe is the steeper portion, but even that wasn’t too bad. A little burn in the legs is good.

Stewart Carnes
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Hiking

Great hike, beautiful trail up through the pines, cedars and scrub oak. Continual gradual climb / descent. Beautiful views of Hidden Valley, surrounding mountains and Durango from up top and the East leg. I did the loop clockwise.

Phoebe Kate
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Kelly Ehrlich
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Hiking

Super trail. The whole loop was fully open for us today. The views are phenomenal. We saw a few bikers out so sharing the trail is a must but there’s plenty of space. Steep climb at times but not terrible. Would rate it moderate for sure.

David Jones
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Hiking

Great trail. We are a bit out of shape but the hard work was worth the views. We will definitely do this one again. Use your map so as to not go off on the many connecting trails.

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Skylar Byrnes
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Hiking

Finally open! Nice hike

Maggie Smith
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Hiking

Loop part was closed so it was a short hike

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Neci Sanchez-diaz
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Hannah Robinson
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Hiking

right now the back of the trail is closed so only the front loop is available.

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