December 17, 2017

The Best Hiking Trails in Durango, Colorado

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In every direction are great hiking trails in Durango. Our little town is home to some of the best hiking in the United States. There are trails with waterfalls, overlooks, wildlife, and great views. Most hikes are of moderate difficulty. Many trails have maps at the trail heads. One of the best ways to find a good trail is to ask your guide or server what their favorite trails are 

In true Durango style, let your intuition lead you. Here are some of our favorites

Animas City Mountain

Animas City Mountain has several trails ranging from 3-8 miles. The trails are moderately steep and fairly easy technically. The main trailhead for Animas City Mountain can be found near Zias North


Smelter mountain is steep and technical. The trail head for Smelter Mountain is located near Santa Rita Park and the visitors center

The Colorado Trail

Start your walk to Denver on the Colorado Trail. The trail head is up 25th street. 25th street is right by Tacos Nyrite. 25th street turns in to Junction creek and the parking lot is on the left after the road turns to dirt. The hike runs along junction creek

Twin Buttes

Chapman Hill


Engineer is a great High Alpine hike. The bottom section of the trail is not very steep or technical. The summit of the hike is steep and technical. Engineer is past Durango Mountain Ski Resort on top of coal bank pass on the left when headed towards Silverton, Colorado

Horse Gulch

The trails at Horse Gulch range in difficulty. The main trail is easy and not to steep or very technical. The main trail head for Horse Gulch is near Raider Ridge Cafe

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