Explore the most popular trail running 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.

backpacking
2 days ago

Drove from Southern AZ to hike this trail with my one of my favorite hiking buddies. So very worth it! This is a beautiful trail that hugs rivers and creeks, starts in an aspen forest and ends at the Animas River and a ponderosa forest. Thousands of wild strawberries are in bloom for miles along the trail. the weather is predictably unpredictable this time of year, but as the Scandinavians say, "There is no bad weather, only bad preparation. " We backpacked through this trail and as the main review says, you can make this trail as long as you want because of all the side-trails. We headed up towards Chicago Basin and were not disappointed. definitely plan on rain and emergency shelter for day hikes. The thunderstorms, hail and sleet were interrupted by sunshine and 80 degree heat. Even with all the different weather patterns, it was one of the best backpacking trips of my life. People like to head out to the big name parks- Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Havasupai, Yellowstone, Zion...and they are wonderful places, but they're crowded and not anymore beautiful then this little trek.

Had such an amazing trip, I'm thinking about returning in a couple of weeks! Don't forget to soak in Trimble Hot Springs after your hike!

First hike in a long time went 18 mins up and back!
Hopefully a lot more posts to come

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
14 days 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
16 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.

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

hiking
25 days ago

as good a hike as I've ever done. got lost for awhile and didn't care

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

1 month ago

Not recommended at all. The top is a plateau with a road and college campus. The trail is an unremarkable dirt path with little surrounding vegetation. There are far better hikes in Durango. Not worth your time unless you have no other options.

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)

Great hike. Not to difficult at all.

on Falls Creek Loop

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Great views. Worth mentioning that the top of the loop and majority of the trail is closed from December to April. But there are connections to other trails so you can still get a good hike in still.

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

Loved the scenery! Was such an adventure as well!

trail running
3 months ago

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

wonderful trail to hike!

Beautiful trail! Would do it again!

hiking
4 months ago

The view at the top is worth it!

Nice trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty good trail also long. But it’s my first time hiking in a while so I just scaled the mountain directly up lol but good 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.

Cool trail. The upper part is closed until the spring to protect the winter range of deer and elk. Still a nice walk with views of Durango.

hiking
5 months ago

Most trails in this system are fairly easy, well-signed, and a nice hike. We’ve done 1&2, but today we hiked the 3.7 mile West Loop. Best start is to park at Junction Creek Rd milepost 5. The trail is right at the side (high) of the road.

This is a great hiking trail. Beautiful scenery, friendly people. Lookout for runners and mountain bikers. Share the trail

Decent views, nothing spectacular but it was a good day trip close to town

Fun hike. I left my Canon DSLR somewhere on it though. Anybody see it?

Easy multi-use trail with lots of opportunities for solitude.

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