The Notch Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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The Notch Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Durango, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

2.5 miles
692 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving




wild flowers


off road driving
Monday, August 14, 2017

Went on a stock Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 with upgraded tires. Most of the trail is very easy, very few parts were wet or muddy in the middle of August. Only part that got my blood pumping is almost at the top within a few feet from the notch. Seems you can continue the trail after the notch but we didn't try it. Apparently leads to some mines. You cross the Colorado trail near the notch, lots of wild flowers and gorgeous scenery.

off road driving
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The majority of this trail is little more than a rough dirt road. There are definitely some spots with steep climbs and obstacles, but on the whole a straightforward route. A friend and I reached the summit and decided to give the pass a try. The road was definitely on the moderate scale, however steep dropoffs got the better of our nerves and we quickly returned the way we came. A great time but not for the faint of heart.

off road driving
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Went off-roading up towards Kennebec Pass to this spot at the top of the trail known as The Notch. Simple drive when in a higher clearance vehicle. Four wheel drive may be needed but isn't required,especially with dry conditions. Beautiful high elevation sights to see from the notch. You get above the tree line for sure and there are hiking trails nearby.

off road driving
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Great 4X4 trail to the notch at Snowstorm Peak with epic views back towards Durango.