Animas Mountain Trail System BikingHikingTrail Running


Notes: 02.15.24 Melting snow with the warmer temperatures. Trails will be wet and muddy. Best to go early in the morning while still frozen.

Trail Length
5 miles
Distance from Durango
5 miles
1428 ft
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Animas Mountain Trail System

Biking, Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

5 Miles


1428 Feet




Trail Length

5 Miles

A popular and iconic trail in Durango, Animas Mountain yields spectacular views of the Hermosa (to the south) and Animas (to the north) Valleys. The main trail, Animas Mountain loop is very easy to follow via the many signs along the way.

Officially, this loop is a lollipop heading in a counter-clockwise direction. Ride/hike up the doubletrack for a few hundred yards from the parking area and take a right at your first trail junction. Keep taking right turns at all junctions to follow this loop in a counter-clockwise direction.

After 2.5 miles, you will reach the loop’s high point and a beautiful view of the Animas River Valley. The trail then descends 2.5 miles with great views of the La Plata Mountains to the west. The trail rejoins the “stick” of the lollipop at the bottom and down to the parking area where you started. Please note: The upper loop of Animas Mountain is closed for seasonal wildlife closures from December 1 to April 15.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.302740, -107.872833

Where's the Trailhead?


Main Trailhead (West 4th Avenue & 32nd Street)

Birket Drive Trailhead

To main trailhead:

From North Main Street, take a left on 32nd Street and then a right on West 4th Avenue, where you will see the parking lot/trailhead for Animas Mountain a short ways up.


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