Explore the most popular birding trails near Durango with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

pretty shady and a stream nearby for 90% of walk so really good one for dogs. pretty easy. took 2.5 hrs with some jogging but also some dog stream play.

Not a hike by any means, just a nice area with some beautiful views. Love taking my dog off leash here because it’s close to where I live

We went to hike this trail today (10 July 2018) and found that it is closed for an unknown time because of the 416 fire. A Park Ranger was there preventing parking at the trail head and hiking the trail. I gave it one star because I had to give a star to make the review.

8 days ago

We connected to this trail from the Cascade Village townhomes, where we are staying. This was a quiet trail - didn’t come across any other people. But be on the lookout and prepared- we did see a mama bear and a cub. The creek was beautiful and I loved all the flowers and butterflies on the hike. The route we took had great views of Engineer Mountain!

on Haviland Lake Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Shady trail. The first part is great because you hike near a creek and come across an old mine. Trail isn’t marked well so it was a bit hard to navigate. Bring your lunch and enjoy it overlooking the lake!

Great hot weather hike! Very serene with some short interval hills. Much of the hike is tree covered for great shade.

Enjoyable hike to relax along the creek. We had to cut it short with impending thunderstorms though.

steep and scary. great workout though.

Warning: Initial ascent to the upper ridge on the Durango side is steep, with insanely steep, deadly, drop offs on both sides. There is only one way to go, and that is up because the initial assent makes a turn, creating fall potential on three sides. The footing is loose shale and you will learn to pray on all fours very quickly if you attempt the ascent. Not one to be afraid of heights, I finally found my fear of heights and slowly made my way back down, backwards. Sign your will (and bring a pick-axe.) My legs felt like spaghetti and I was thankful to be alive in Durango that day.

*This trail is closed due to fire as of 7/2/18* We did not know until we reached the top. But read on:
The ride up definitely requires a high clearance vehicle - very rocky, bumpy with areas where we needed 4 wheel drive. Amazing scenery the whole way up - allow for an hour drive. Brilliant wild flowers, , waterfalls, and lush green colors everywhere. We were disappointed to learn upon getting to the top (trailhead) that the trail was closed due to the fast encroaching fires. We could see smoke in the distance. While we couldn’t hike this trail, the ranger there let us walk to the cliff edge for amazing views, as well as walk up to the gulch (about a mile) for views of the other side of the ridge. It was breathtaking. I can only imagine the beauty of the trail we couldn’t go on, but what we did hike/walk sufficed in views!! Absolutely worth the trip. I just hope the fire didn’t/doesn’t reach this amazing area.

My family hiked the entire loop with 2 boys ages 9 and 6 and we ROCKED IT!!! I would call this trail fairly easy after hiking the entire Ouray Perimeter trail loop earlier this week. Mostly in the open and sun so wear sunscreen, not much shade.

You can pull through the gate all the way up to the trail head. the only water available right now (June) is within 2 miles of the trail head, both coming and going.

the trail map in AllTrails is also wrong, at the 2nd final big turn that brings you back to the trail head. just stay on the trail even though it doesn't match AllTrails at that place. and the mileage ends up being over 11 miles.

Sign at trailhead indicating that it’s closed as of 6/12/18 due to Stage 3 fire restrictions. Sounds like it would have been a good one though!

Beautiful and easy trail for hiking or biking. Many different trails in the area and it is not well marked so make sure you stay aware of where you are. Can anyone tell me where the actual falls in these pictures are? We never found them.

We stumbled in to this trail and Did not expect much but wow it was really good. You have to pop into the stream it's electric!

A few good views but not in my top anything list.

trail running
1 month ago

Easy to find and well trafficked trail. I recommend going early to beat the crowds and mountain bikers. View from the top of the trail is well worth the elevation gain. If I lived in Durango, I’d make this trail a regular.

Wonderful hike. There are 3 falls. The first is at the bridge, the second is off the trail where trail splits. Take the trail to the left, and the third is again on the left where the trail opens up in the large meadow. I missed the last two heading up but found them on the way down.

Parking is the biggest challenge with this loop. I parked at Colvig Silver Camps although it is very clearly marked No Parking - Private Property. I asked someone parked there if they thought it was alright and they assured me it was although I’d be careful. The trail starts about a mile from this area and you might be able to find a spot to pull off the road, although there is a gate and signs saying cars are not permitted after May. I ran the trail following the First Fork signs. When you reach the top of the ridge, you will be on the Missionary Ridge trail (right if you come the First Fork). The trail follows the ridge and you will be treated with stunning views on both sides of the ridge. Red Creek trail is not marked but when you get to the 2nd Missionary Ridge trail sign it will cut steeply down to the right. This trail is significantly more steep than First Fork. The trail also follows the topo map well and you can use it for security. GPS read the distance at 11.5 miles. Wildflowers were also out today and pretty to see.

Did this hike over Memorial Day weekend. A bit too early for the wildflower extravaganza, but beautiful nonetheless. Columbine Basin still had snow and the waterfall by the lake was in full bloom. This is a good hike for out of town guests because although it is a flat, easy hike, it still offers high-country views — right from the parking lot. A 4-wheel-drive vehicle is needed for the bumpy ride up to the trailhead.

Good trail, beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

Fabulous hike and well worth the 9.5 miles to the camp ground and back. Views of the river are amazing

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is in great condition as of May 2018. A lot of mountain bikers on the trail (and a few dirt bikers), but beautiful and pretty quiet aside from that. The trail has some steady climbs and would definitely be safe to run, as the path is clear and pretty rock-free the whole way. Beautiful views, too!

Poorly maintained access road meant the total trail distance was 11.5 miles. Very lightly trafficked trail with wonderful views at the top. Definitely recommend this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail! Perfect if you’re looking for a simple day-hike. Only negative is the trail isn’t marked very well, in my opinion. We will definitely be back.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail runs along the road through a meadow for about the first two miles, so you can easily lop 4 miles off the total distance just by driving further down the road before you start. There are lots of trails through the meadow.

You cross private property for 2/3 mile, but it's well-marked and trail users have permission as long as they stay on the trail. A bigger issue is the emergency access gate into the Bible camp; the camp belongs to First Baptist Church, so you might want to call ahead and get permission before venturing onto their property. Sometimes they have campers or vacation Bible school up there in the summer.

I had a hard time finding the back end of the loop at the camp; it's not where the GPS map says it is; just follow the road up the ridge when it forks.

Beautiful views, especially from the summit. A few felled trees across the trail, being removed. A couple remaining ice troughs, largely melted. Only a few scattered wild flowers, likely related to drought. Great hike.

Not marked well

No longer a loop unless you’re ok with trespassing. Trails lead right into peoples houses and driveways too. So many better and secluded trails on public land out there

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