Explore the most popular lake 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
2 days ago

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

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.

Not marked well

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.

Great hike. Not to difficult at all.

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

3 months ago

I saw beautiful nature during Autunm season! Very beautiful!

Beautiful trail! Would do it again!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful!

Nice trail!

Great hike. Great way to get used to the elevation because it’s not a crazy amount of elevation gain but there are lots of flat stretches to regain your breath! I recommend to anyone looking for a day hike that ends in a great little spot for lunch or simply reflection.

scenic driving
6 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
7 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.

Fairly easy trail with beautiful stream, awesome hike!

hiking
7 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.

Gorgeous fall colors & panoramic views

hiking
7 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!

Loved this beautiful little trail.

8 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
8 months ago

Nice hike but VERY busy with hikers and many bikes!!!
Entire trail is in the trees which is great for the heat. The last mile plus is switchbacks. They are very good. Trail is well marked and the views from Gudy's Rest is nice but not overwhelming!
Close to Durango makes it a plus and minus due to volume!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike, I would say more easy than moderate. Mosquitos were everywhere, only bothered you when stopped. Lots of horses & poop to go along with them. Nice waterfall & very covered forest.
Definitely worth it.

Best hike in Durango!

Loved this trail. Kid friendly (our 3.5 year old mainly rode in the carrier). Pretty views, pretty aspens. Rocky terrain, but not too bad.

Trail drops down 1000 ft into a valley with a beautiful stream. Walk along the stream for about a mile or two through a beautiful meadow. However, it then takes you up about 500 ft and doesn't seem to return to the water, though some cool overlooks along the way. The estimated distance was 5 miles, but the trail goes quite a ways beyond what is marked on alltrails. It was an 8 mile round trip for me via my apple watch and I didn't even go to the end of the trail. Would recommend stopping shortly after you leave the meadow. Wear pants because of the brush and bring backup bug spray depending on time of year and time of day.

hiking
9 months ago

Very horse beaten trail but the waterfall and creek stop about 2/3 in (counter) makes it worth it.

Amazing views. Hikes through Birch tree groves. The river is spectacular and wild raspberries are your reward if you go all the way to the end of the trail (according to this map).

hiking
10 months ago

The view at Gudy's Rest is FANTASTIC! Left early from the lower parking lot. Great shade and no crowds on a Wed morning. Really enjoyed walking within earshot of the running creek water. Did not come across a lake as stated in the description. Would do it again if I wasn't leaving tomorrow.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a wonderful trail with a little bit of everything on it (flat, dirt, rocky, step, views, trees, flowers, etc). It is definitely not "easy" so proper shoes and clothing are needed (cannot believe what I saw people wearing and no water on them). We hiked all the way to the Animas River where the Cascade Creek runs into it. There is a bridge that crosses and a handful of camp areas, some with picnic tables. More trails on the other side of the Animas River. Google maps said this was 7.4 miles roundtrip.

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