Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

Great views and a nice workout.

on Haviland Lake Trail

hiking
10 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

really great views!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful!

this trail was the perfect speed for my level. the nature scenery was beautiful and kind.

Great morning hike! Steep and snowy towards the top on Thanksgiving weekend, yak tracks or hiking poles would be a good idea. Trailhead was a bit awkward as you have to go through a cattle gate to get in... there was a path through the grass to the left that distracted us initially. Go through the green cattle gate to start! I added some photos. Enjoy!

Only four stars for the amount of cow pies. Great views, nice challenging incline but still a casual hike.

Took about an hour and a half to get to the top and a little over an hour to come back down. Beautiful views! Highly recommended.

Beautiful quick hike. Great view from the top!!

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely- good descent in- and out - lovely views- we didn't go all the way to the campgrounds. Lots of aspens.

I enjoyed this trail in the fall for the colors. The best view is really from the road/edge of the lake before you drive to the trailhead. From here the mountain reflects off of the water. There is parking right at the trailhead and also parking earlier than that where the trail intersects the road.

We went on a Sunday late morning, and saw no one on the trail - just a couple fisherman on the lake. There are several different routes you can take for a shorter or longer hike.

love the major colors from the start, the leaves are falling and it's hard to just watch the trail. cows are coming down now so watch for the patties. a lot of fresh dead fall trees in the trail now. Great time enjoy.

5.2 mile round trip with awesome view up top.

Gorgeous fall colors & panoramic views

hiking
9 months ago

We LOVED this trail! Coming from Ohio, the elevation was challenging for us. An easy Colorado trail is equivalent to a moderate to difficult trail back home. The fall colors were amazing, no picture could ever do it justice, you MUST see this place in the fall!! Quite a few people with dogs off leash, but they were all friendly and minded their owners so no issues there. I could spend all day here!

hiking
10 months ago

A beautiful multi-use trail which was a rewarding experience. For hiking, it was as easy as I could have wished for. There were mountain bikers, a few ATVs, and a couple of dirt bikes however all were very courteous with anyone on the trail. The adjacent stream was nice.

10 months ago

Great trail, the only obstacle was horse poop all along the trail. But otherwise: beautiful, parts dramatic, parts sweet and bright. I would consider this trail easy, comparing to the Purgatory one.

hiking
10 months ago

Incredible views at the top! I loved this hike. Did it with my husband and dog on Labor Day. We started around 11:30 AM, so it got fairly hot. The trail is partially shaded. It is very easy to follow. Significant elevation gain most of the way up. Lots and lots of horse poop was really the only negative. The directions take you to a gas station/country store. There is a corral to the left that you can park near, and the hike starts just past the corral. There is only one easy river crossing near the start (log across plus a rope to hold onto). No other good water sources for dogs after that. Most of the dogs we met were off-leash. We ended up with about 5.2 miles total with some hiking around the top. Plenty of shady areas near the top to rest and have lunch.

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