Seasonal Wildlife Closure December 1-April

Seasonal Wildlife Closures


Colorado Parks and Wildlife seasonal wildlife closures are December 1 through April 15, with possible extension to April 30 if conditions warrant: 

  • Grandview Ridge

    • Big Canyon and Sale Barn trailheads (access located east of U.S. Highway 160)
    • South Rim Trail, portions of Sidewinder and Cowboy trails on BLM accessed from Carbon Junction Trail 
    • Grandview BLM trails (access from Three Springs)
  • Animas City Mountain

    • BLM lands above the lower loops (approximately 1.5 miles above the 32nd Street trailhead).
  • Twin Buttes Area 

    • All upper trails as marked.
  • Bodo State Wildlife Area

    • Exception: Smelter Mountain Trail is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dogs are prohibited. Small game hunting is allowed in the area south of La Plata County Road 210.
In addition, the Perins Peak area east of County Road 208 and west of Hogsback is closed through July 31 to protect nesting peregrine falcons. Closures near Cortez include the Aqueduct, Chutes and Ladders, the Summit areas within the Montezuma Triangle Recreation Management Zone and portions of the Cortez Special Recreation Management Area.

The following Durango-area trails will remain open for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and skiing:

  • Horse Gulch, Telegraph, Crites, and Skyline areas

    • Meadow, Stacy’s, Mike’s, Telegraph, Crite’s, and Sugar trails
    • All of the Raider Ridge Trail to Medicine
    • Ben’s Down and Out and Charmed trails
    • Carbon Junction trailhead at Highway 3 to Telegraph via Crites Connection are open.
  • Lower Twin Buttes trails

    •  Access off of Highway 160 West; upper loops are closed.
  • All of Dalla Mountain Park

    •  Access off of Junction Creek Road.
  • Lower Twin Buttes trails

    •  Access off of Highway 160 West; upper loops are closed.
  • Overend Mountain Park

    •  Access at Leyden Street, Montview Parkway, Crestview Drive, and Hidden Valley Circle.
  • Trails around Fort Lewis College and along the Rim

    •  Lions Den, Chapman Flow, and Jump Line
  • Lower Twin Buttes trails

    • Access off of Highway 160 West; upper loops are closed.
    • The Rim, Squawker, Tawker, and Skyline trails (accessed from the Powerline Trail).
  • The Colorado Trail

    • Access at Junction Creek.
  • A 1.5-mile loop trail on the lower portion of Animas City Mountain

    •  Access off of Highway 160 West; upper loops are closed.
    • Access from the Birket Drive and 32nd Street trailheads or Dalla Mountain Park.
Durango Trails “Trail Conditions Report” is updated for winter including areas open for cross country skiing, fat biking and other winter related conditions. Please be sure to check the CAIC website and know before you go.

Back to SchooP program announced

Release Back to SchooP 2023

Durango, Colorado -The City of Durango, the La Plata County Humane Society, Visit Durango, and Durango Trails are launching a Back to SchooP program to encourage area pet owners to pick up after their pet and remind them that City and County ordinances require dogs be on leash in Horse Gulch, Overend Mountain Park, Dalla Mountain and Animas Mountain.

“We notice a number of dogs off-leash that may leave trail users a present without the owners noticing or schooping the pile. Trailheads and sections of trails are littered with dog waste that affects our water, wildlife, other dogs and trail users,” according to Scott McClain, Interim Parks and Recreation Director with the City of Durango.

“Durango is a dog-loving place, and we also love our trails and open space. To prevent issues with trail users and wildlife, dogs must be leashed in our area open spaces and owners must pick up their dog’s waste,” said Clint Garrett, Animal Protection Supervisor with the La Plata County Humane Society. “Reports of unleashed dogs will be treated as a ‘dog at large’ under Durango City Ordinance 4-41 and the owner is subject to a citation, fine and court costs.”

The City of Durango website also states: “Pet waste bags and garbage receptacles are provided throughout our parks and trailheads. Be sure to carry extra bags and don’t forget to grab your filled bags on your way back to the trailhead if you’d set your bag by the side of the trail.”

Poop from pets can carry germs like bacteria and parasites that can make people and other pets sick, contaminate waterways, and harm the environment, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Colorado is the poopiest “Dog Poop State,” according to research done by Protect My Paws. Do your part to make Durango the exception to this unfortunate trend.
There is an off-leash dog park located 0.1 mile west of the intersection of Hwy. 160 West and Hwy. 550, on the south side of Hwy. 160 West.

Remember, don’t be a poop and get back to the schoop (and leash)!

About Durango Trails: Formed in 1990, as Trails 2000, the organization underwent a brand refresh to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The mission is to plan, build and maintain trails, educate trail users, and create connections. Durango Trails relies on community support for all of its projects. Volunteers contribute more than 4,000 hours of trailwork annually to Forest Service, BLM, County, City and private landowners. For more information, visit www.durangotrails.org and www.facebook.com/ durangotrails

The La Plata County Humane Society is committed to enhancing and protecting the lives of companion animals by ensuring the provision of sustenance, safety and shelter, educating the community regarding humane treatment of animals, and preventing pet overpopulation.

Durango Trails Spring Membership Join|Renew

Trail Crew Brew Release Party

We’re thrilled to announce our annual spring Membership Party coming up on Friday, April 21, 2023 at Ska Brewing!

Hosted by our friends at Ska Brewing and sponsored by Osprey with supporting sponsor Four Corners Community Bank, we hope to see you and help us kick-off our trail season!

Please attend and  Join or Renew your Membership and

support the trails that support you!

April 21

4p to 8pm

Ska Brewing

Support the trails that connect you to the outdoors

Trails are the cornerstone of our community and the gateway to the outdoors.

Help support our work so you can continue to connect to the outdoors by giving to Durango Trails!