Best trails in Durango, Colorado

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Looking for a great trail near Durango, Colorado? AllTrails has 67 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mancos State Park or Navajo State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like BLM: Animas City Mountain or Falls Creek Archeological Area. Ready for some activity? There are 42 moderate trails in Durango ranging from 1.2 to 19.6 miles and from 6,456 to 12,621 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Durango, Colorado
Top trails (67)
#1 - Animas Mountain Trail
BLM: Animas City Mountain
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
PROTECTIVE CLOSURE: This area is subject to closure due to habitat protection Dec 1 - Apr 15. For more information, please visit https://www.blm.gov/press-release/annual-changes-trail-access-begin-dec-1-durango-area-protect-wildlife 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.Show more
#2 - Purgatory Trail
Hermosa Creek Wilderness Area
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 5 h 23 m
This trail is used for camping. You head down on switchbacks and into the forest. It opens up in Purgatory Flats area on Cascade Creek. A rest stop for main camp site, then from there you can hike different trails.Show more
#3 - Colorado Trail to Gudy's Rest
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 3 h 40 m
Dogs are allowed off-leash under voice control in the San Juan National Forest. This is definitely a moderate hike because of its length but the terrain is pleasant and not difficult. Keep an eye out for the left turn onto the bridge 2.5 miles in.Show more
#4 - Castle Rock via Elbert Creek Trail
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
#5 - Cascade Creek East Fork
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 5 h 42 m
#6 - Church Camp Trail
Falls Creek Archeological Area
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
Please note that the waterfall is on private property. Please be respectful and do not enter private lands unless authorized. There are more trails in the Falls Creek Archeological Area if you wish to extend your hike.Show more
#7 - Sunlight Peak, Windom Peak, North Eolus and Mount Eolus via Purgatory Campground
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 37.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
#8 - Smelter Mountain Trail
Bodo State Wildlife Area
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
December 1st-April 15th: Trail can be accessed between 10AM and 2PM. As of July 2020, Colorado is requiring all hikers in Colorado wildlife areas to have a hunting/fishing license before hiking. More info can be found here: https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/LandWater/SWA/License-Requirements-SWA-STL-Access-FAQ.pdfShow more
#9 - Highline Trail to Taylor Lake
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
The road to the trailhead may close seasonally during the wintertime. Please check with the park staff for current information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-noticesShow more
#10 - Animas River Trail
Durango, Colorado
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Length: 13.7 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
This is a beautiful walk or bike ride by the river. This paved trail has some hills and is well marked. It has easy access to downtown Durango and Animas Brewing is also right on the trail. Accessibility: There is 1 designated handicapped-accessible space in the paved parking lot off of East 29th Street at the north end of the trail. It is van-accessible with striped access aisles. There are do not appear to be any designated handicapped-accessible spaces in the gravel parking lot off of La Posta Road at Dallabetta Park at the south end of the trail. The trail surface is paved asphalt or concrete, smooth, and typically at least 10 feet wide. There is a painted dividing line along some of the trail which reduces the width. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less), except for steep (8-12%) downhill sections at about 2.2 miles, 3.0 miles, 3.9 miles, 4.1 miles, and 6.1 miles when going south. Trail goers using wheelchair/mobility equipment or strollers may need assistance in the steeper sections or to avoid them for safety. Show more
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