Hit the trails around Durango

From high-elevation trails to lunch-time cruises, you can ride your way though southwest colorado.

With hundreds of miles of single-track trails, rugged downhill rides, and even multiple flow trails, the trails surrounding Durango, Colorado provide some of the best mountain biking in the state.

Perfect for all abilities and skill levels, you can hit the high country and cruise through alpine meadows, head toward the desert for slickrock rides, or hop on a local’s favorite quick ride, with trailheads mere minutes from downtown Durango.

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View all mountain biking trail systems below, search for a specific trail segment or browse our recommended rides to find something new.

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  • Check all trail information ahead of time, including distance, difficulty, elevation change, and time needed to make sure it matches your goals and skill level.
  • Check current trail conditions before heading out.
  • Weather in SW Colorado can quickly change. Be sure to check the forecast before heading out, wear layers, and bring rain gear.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you plan on returning.
  • Always follow proper Trail Etiquette and Safety & Trail Tips.
  • Check out this article from bicycling.com and this video from Outside Online for more need-to-know biking info!

Choose Your Adventure

all mountain biking trail systems

The three stacked loops of Alien Run offer a variety of riding for everyone.
A popular and iconic trail located in-town Durango, just minutes from downtown Durango.
The Animas River Trail, a hard surface shared-use path, is a very enjoyable paved trail great for all ages and skill levels.
The Aspen Loop is a 39 mile double track loop. There are some steep climbs and some rocky areas, but in general a very rideable, hikeable trail.
Blackhawk Pass is a highly rated 9 mile popular black diamond singletrack trail located near Rico Colorado. This multi-use trail can be used both directions.
The Boggy Trailhead also hosts three other trails that offer a wide variety of terrain and range of difficulties.
Church Camp trails are a great way to experience some easier options of Durango's in-town trails.
The iconic Colorado Trail stretches 500 miles from Denver to its terminus in Durango and is one of the state’s great recreational assets.
Hiking on the Colorado Trail near Durango
The iconic Colorado Trail stretches 500 miles from Denver to its terminus in Durango and is one of the state’s great recreational assets.
Cutthroat is a 5.5 mile trail above the East Fork of Hermosa Creek beginning at the intersection of Relay Creek and Cascade Divide Road.
Dalla Mountain Park is a popular destination among climbers, hikers and mountain bikers alike.
A system of trails located directly in-town on the Fort Lewis College Mesa, with many different options for different ages and skill levels.
The Grandview Ridge trail system includes several very fun local trails and is easily accessible from downtown Durango, located next to (and connecting to) the Horse Gulch trail system.
Dog on snow-covered trail
This scenic 9-mile network of trails sits between Elbert Creek and Highway 550, connecting Haviland Lake Park and Chris Park. This network is used year-round by equestrians, hikers, bikers, skiers and snowshoers.
Golden aspen leaves in the Hermosa Trail Area
The Hermosa Creek trails connect you to a variety of high country routes from Jones Creek to Pinkerton or upper Hermosa to Bolam Pass or Hotel Draw.
Durango has dozens of miles of high country trails located just outside of town, perfect for hiking, biking, and exploring Southwest Colorado.
Biking on the Horse Gulch Trail System near Durango, CO
The Horse Gulch/Telegraph Trail System is the perfect trail system for all levels and user types. Located right in-town, it is a local favorite for hiking and mountain biking, and with so many different connectin
La Plata Canyon is in an area west of Durango with many mid country trail options.
Log Chutes is a multi-use trail located just above the Colorado Trail Trailhead at Junction Creek in Durango
The Missionary Ridge trail network is an unknown gem even to most locals with moderate to expert trails.
The main area of Overend Mountain Park encompasses about 300 acres, located right in-town of Durango. Easily accessible, it's a favorite among Durango locals.
This fast rolling singletrack ride is a popular trail winding through pinyon and juniper forest near Cortez, Colorado.
Divinity Flow Trail, or Purgatory Flow Trail, located at Purgatory Resort, is a 1.5 mile intermediate trail, and Durango’s longest downhill flow trail.
Road Apple offers miles of rolling singletrack, which starts on top of Kinsey Ridge near Farmington, New Mexico.
This 16.8 mile out and back trail leads to stunning views of the Hermosa Creek Wilderness. You may not see anyone else while on your adventure, but please still anticipate dogs off leash.
John Fitzpatrick Sand Canyon Trail Views
Located near Cortez, Colorado, this National Monument boasts the largest concentration of Pueblo Indian (Anasazi) ruins and archaeological sites.
The Saul’s Creek trail system is in the San Juan National Forest about 3 miles east of Bayfield, Colorado.
Near Silverton you’ll find a number of thirteeners that can be completed as day hikes, including Kendall Mountain, Kendall Peak and Stony Peak.
Located just a little over 2 hours from Durango, Telluride's trails offer a range of outdoor activities
The Three Springs Trail System features five new miles of introductory singletrack and a small pump track located off Wilson Gulch Road on the northeast side of Three Springs neighborhood.
Twin Buttes view from the Meadow
While a popular mountain bike location, Twin Buttes is also a multi-use trail system just west of Downtown Durango.
San Juan National Forest Roads are closed seasonally to wheeled motorized vehicles to protect critical wildlife habitat and/or to prevent damage to road surfaces.
Vallecito Lake offers a variety of year-round trails just 40 minutes from Durango.

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