Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Beautiful lake - the trail could use some better markings - it is easy to wander off but overall a good portion of shade and relatively flat.

hiking
12 days ago

Trail is very pleasant but could have better markings. Great for day hiking with family or pets.

Off reading vehicle preferred, something with high ground clearance, correct tires, and awd/4wd will help. Road is pretty steep in some spots, big rocks. Last bit of the road is 5 miles to the trail top going 5mph, do the math.

hiking
16 days ago

Very nice trail. Difficult to navigate. Lots of beautiful scenery, a couple waterfalls, cool mining site. Lots of shade. Worth the trek. This is also a horse trail so watch out for horse poo.

We did this walk with kids (both under 10) and found it fairly easy. Most of the trail is nice - unremarkable - but nice enough. The sections along the creek are pretty and the trees provide a bit of shade on a hot day. The kids also liked the old mine and other remains along the trail.
We did not do the section that over looks the lake.

The day started out driving up to the Notch. We hike down to where the road end on the other side of the Notch. Very nice views there of Durango. In the drive back down, we saw the lake on the other side. We decided to hike there also. Good easy hike with awesome views of the mountains. Arrived at the lake and the dogs had field day playing in the water. 4-wheel is recommended to get up there but saw a few grocery getters making the trip. Another good weekend in Colorado.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a wonderful, short trial! The length is perfect for a nice morning hike. Several lookout points make for a very enjoyable hike. Not too difficult either- great for all ages.

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

on Haviland Lake Trail

hiking
1 month 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.

*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.

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.

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

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
3 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.

Not marked well

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.

on Falls Creek Loop

hiking
4 months ago

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

Loved the scenery! Was such an adventure as well!

6 months ago

I saw beautiful nature during Autunm season! Very beautiful!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful!

scenic driving
9 months ago

On our July vacation drive from Mesa Verde to Black Canyon of the Gunnison, we made the difficult decision to take the western side of the San Juan Skyway (so we could stop in Telluride), bypassing the Million Dollar Highway section. We were not disappointed in the least though...with continuously spectacular views and numerous mountain peaks, including fourteeners El Diente Peak, Mount Wilson, Wilson Peak and Mount Sneffels, plus the uniquely shaped 13,113 foot Lizard Head Peak. And the panorama just before the spur road into Telluride is gorgeous. It reminded me of pictures that I have seen of the Swiss Alps. At some point, we definitely need to make it back to complete the loop!

scenic driving
9 months ago

The most iconic to me were Silverton, Ouray, a little past Ridgeway and that turn before Telluride. Molas Pass is also great. Everything is Gorgeous as always. Just about any car would do the job. If you aren’t from the area and are afraid of heights... this will become a bit challenging.

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

beautiful hike but definitely not well marked. There are trails all over the place so it's easy to get off the trail if you aren't paying attention--not a big deal since you can't really get lost--just and up with a longer hike than planned

hiking
10 months ago

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.

Great trail with all sorts of easy options. Dog friendly. Beautiful views.

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