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Durango Trails Launches Durango Trail Love Campaign

We are excited to announce the launch of  “Durango Trail Love,” a seasonal campaign designed to promote share the trail and leave no trace ethics.

After an unprecedented trail season in 2020, Durango Trails, in partnership with Alpine Bank and area land managers, are launching a stewardship education campaign to help combat the impact on our area trails and outdoor recreation amenities.

Trails are the gateway to the outdoors. Whether you're fly fishing, fat biking, backpacking, or hiking, you're taking a trail to your adventure.

Before COVID, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable found about 50% of Americans were getting outdoors. In July of last year, the recent survey found 89% were getting outdoors, and 30% were new outdoorists.

With so many users on the trails, it's important we all practice proper Durango Trail Love and show some love back to our trails!

This campaign is intended not just to speak to visitors and new trail users, but also to remind locals and longtime trail users to lead by example, so that we can all understand how to better care for our land.

Trail Crew Brew Release Party

Seasonal Wildlife Closure December 1-April

Seasonal Wildlife Closures

VIEW DURANGO WINTER WILDLIFE CLOSURE MAP

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.
 

Sepp Kuss Vuelta a España Homecoming Celebration

Sepp Kuss Celebration Schedule of Events - Thursday, October 19, 2023

Parking is limited: all attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes to the event

  • 3:30 p.m. – Speeches and Q&A at Buckley

  • 4:30 p.m. – Bike Parade: South on Main Avenue to the train station, left, then
    left on East 2nd Avenue, and north on East 2nd Avenue back to Buckley Park.

  • 5:15 p.m. – Post Parade Celebration/Autographs/Live Music

  • 7:00 – Buckley Park Closed

  • 303Endurango is going to try to broadcast the event on Facebook Live

  • Volunteers are needed as parade marshalls and park crowd management

Durango Devo’s Executive Director, Levi Kurlander, says, “Durango Devo is proud of all our alumni, and we’re certainly proud of Sepp Kuss! He is a great example of what makes Durango Devo and the Durango cycling community special. We are honored to host the Vuelta a España champion and Tour de France stage winner and celebrate his achievements in his hometown.”

Special thanks for this event is owed to these community partners: Durango Devo staff and sponsors; the City of Durango; Visit Durango and Spoketober; Verde PR; Ska Brewing; Durango Coca-Cola; the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic; Durango Trails; and Fort Lewis College Cycling.

ROADS CLOSED AT 3:00 PM:

  • Main Ave between 12th and 13th St.
  • 13th Street by Buckley Park

ROADS CLOSED AT 4:15 PM:

  • Main Ave south from 12th St.
  • E 2nd Ave between 12th and 5th St
  • 5th St & 12th Street between Main and 2nd.

Join us as we come together to celebrate Sepp Kuss’s remarkable achievements and the spirit of Durango’s cycling community.

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

Showshoeing Around Durango

Guide to Snowshoeing in Durango

Durango is known for some of the best snowshoeing around. With an abundance of trails and millions of acres of open land and national forests, Durango is the perfect spot to get out for a hike this Winter.

In the winter months, many of the trails around Durango transform into perfect snowshoeing routes, allowing you to explore everything from leisurely, groomed walks to more challenging adventures to get your blood flowing. Snowshoeing is the perfect activity for those of all ages and skill levels regardless of experience.

Click here to read the full guide to snowshoeing in the Durango area, courtesy of Visit Durango.

Winter Trail Conditions

Happy New Year!

2023 snow conditions provide various winter trail recreation options. Check out our updated Winter Trail Conditions Page and learn about the winter trail adventures.

Remember to learn about avalanche safety, and visit the CAIC (Colorado Avalanche Information Center) website which provides avalanche safety information, education and promotes research to help people reduce their risk from avalanches.

More Snow = Good News

  • Chicken Creek and Bauer Loops are groomed and open. Only XC or snowshoes allowed: they state walking on groomed trails not allowed.
  • Hillcrest opens Tuesday, Jan 3 for skate and classic. Please stay on groomed trails.
  • Vallecito groomed for skate and classic.
  • Boggy Draw groomed for fat biking.
  • Durango Nordic finally able to get the groomer out but they have a lot of snow so still a bit soft but looking great.
  • LaPlata Canyon and Junction Creek (FS 171) great for touring skis.
  • Red Mountain Pass remains closed.

Seasonal Wildlife Closures Dec. 1 through April 15

Video campaign highlights the importance of respecting seasonal wildlife closures in Durango – in effect Dec. 1, 2022.

Ever wonder why certain trails in Durango have seasonal wildlife closures? During the winter months, deer and elk need safe harbors and seasonal wildlife closures are essential for the animals to survive. Even when there is no snow on the ground these areas are critical for animals to make it through the winter. That’s why Durango Trails this week launched an informational and educational video campaign aimed at educating and inspiring users to follow certain etiquette and safety guidelines when traveling on trails in Durango and the surrounding area. The first video, “It’s Up To Me,” highlights the importance of abiding by the winter seasonal wildlife closures.

It’s up to me. It’s up to us. It’s up to all of us to protect wildlife in Colorado.

The seasonal wildlife closures go into effect Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2022, until April 15, 2023, on the following areas:

Grandview Ridge

  • Big Canyon and Sale Barn trailheads (access located east of U.S. Highway 160)
  • Grandview BLM trails

Animas City Mountain

  • BLM lands above the lower loops (about 1.5 miles above the 32nd Street Trailhead)

Twin Buttes Area

  • The upper trails only, as marked.

Bodo State Wildlife Areas

  • This area is closed with the exception of the Smelter Mountain Trail that is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dogs are prohibited.

Perins Peak

Watch the video here or by clicking the video above. Visit our Trail Conditions Report for up to date trail conditions. You can also learn more about wildlife in Colorado by visiting the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

Campaign video made possible through Durango Trails receipt of the Partners in the Outdoors grant from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). The videos were produced by Coldstream Creative and include local talent.

Fall in the San Juans

Fall is the perfect time to hit the trails. Flowing along to the sound of golden aspen leaves under your tires or shoe tread; being outdoors rarely feels so good. There are notes of summer and hints of winter, and nothing beats being outdoors surrounded by the golden, red, yellow and green hues.

Durango Trails recommends several special places to best experience this pumpkin-spiced time of year:

Animas Mountain
Start at the trailhead on 4th Avenue, and take this 6 mile round-trip hike through the forest and up the mountain for a great view of the valley. The mountain bike, trail running and hiking trails provide a stout climb to the top, where the view from Animas Mountain into the Falls Creek Valley provides a great vista of fall colors.

Missionary Ridge
While a popular hunting area (make sure you’re decked out in blaze orange), Missionary and Steven’s Creeks embrace you with the beauty of fall. Plenty of trees abound, whether on Red or First Fork, and will tantalize leaf peepers with abundant fall colors. Check this link for more info.

Hermosa Creek Trail
While the 416 fire left its mark in the Hermosa area, the remaining trees and oak brush still provide beautiful views of fall colors along Hermosa Creek. Start with an out-and-back from lower Hermosa, or drive up to Purgatory and enter from upper Hermosa Park Road. You may encounter standing water along the way. On your way up, you can also take a detour to the Cutthroat Trail at the intersection of Relay Creek and Cascade Divide Road.

West Cross Creek
Many a local’s favorite ride is the climb up Hotel Draw Road combined with the descent down West Creek Trail back to the Upper Hermosa parking lot. The trail is a windy single track with incredible views across the aspen-covered valley.

La Plata Canyon 10.02.22

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