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.

hiking
1 day ago

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

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.

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
9 days 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

Trail starts in the corrals! Really pretty incline hike with a nice view at the top. I'll be heading back when the aspens have some leaves.

Absolutely stunning and completely empty this time of year (April) . There were a lot of trees down but only one was hard to navigate around. Definitely a favorite!

Lots of variation in scenery on this hike and all beautiful, can’t wait to see it when the aspens have bloomed. The view from missionary ridge is one of my favorites

I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!! Great trail difficult with snow and ice in areas but still amazing! We took one trail up and a different one back crossing the creek on top of logs and rocks. It was so quiet and peaceful only seen one other biker. When we reached the falls with it was an amazing site the combination of snow, ice, and rushing water was worth every step. This was my first Colorado hike but won’t be my last. Thank you Colorado

The hike up to Gudy's nest was lovely. Went the day the trail opens (4/16) and it was perfect. Finding the trail head was easy & experiencing the San Juan Forest so close to town was a happy surprise. This is a must-do hike if you're staying in Durango. Green, not too strenuous, birds, deer, a few friendly hikers & their canine companions, and a calming river. It checks off all my boxes for sure! (*go during the week)

230 miles of Pure beauty. Start early, as you will want to stop for many pictures and a lunch, weather a picnic or stopping at an eatery. I highly recommend Baked in Telluride. All homemade and very reasonably priced.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike on Easter Sunday. Very little traffic and beautiful views of Durango and the surrounding river valley.

Trail is easy to moderate depending on where you are on the trail. Gorgeous views of lakes and peaks. Amazing wildflowers all along the trail in summer.

Very muddy and the snow made it a very tough hike. Great views in some areas though. Not sure if going to the top of it seemed worth it.
Confusing to get too, horse corral look for the signs. Might be a better hike closer to summer time.

Fairly simple trail. Easy to hike for the whole family. Great views of downtown Durango. Will definetely hike again.

Great hike. Not to difficult at all.

on Falls Creek Loop

hiking
1 month ago

This was the best hike for someone getting use to hiking or for someone just wanting a nice little Sunday hike.

Great hike. 2/3 flat, 2/3 uphill. A few patches of mud and ice but not bad.

Beautiful trail. Starts out pretty steep but so worth it!

Loved the scenery! Was such an adventure as well!

really great views!

hiking
2 months ago

ATTEMPTED MARCH 2, 2018

I have heard great things about these falls and have seen some cool winter pictures so I decided to try this while down in Durango for a long weekend. Started at 10am with perfect sunny weather. I had to park just off 550 since the road to the trailhead / lot was covered in snow. The trail started off fine, snowy but not bad. After a couple miles the snow started to get deeper and deeper. I gave up probably 4 miles in because the snow was deep and the only tracks were cross country ski's. The entire creek was covered in snow. Not really any good views at all. Would recommend waiting until spring/summer/fall for this one to see the water flowing.

AS OF NOW SNOWSHOES / SKIS ARE REQUIRED TO GET TO THE FALLS.

I gave 4 stars because I have seen great pictures of the falls and plan to try again in a couple months.

3 months ago

I saw beautiful nature during Autunm season! Very beautiful!

trail running
3 months ago

great trail. as short or as long as you want to make it.

Beautiful trail! Would do it again!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful!

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