Animas Mountain Trail BikingHikingTrail Running

Trail Length
5.32 miles
Distance from Durango
5 miles
1430 ft
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Animas Mountain Trail

Biking, Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

5 Miles


1430 Feet




Trail Length

5.32 Miles

Animas Mountain Trail



Part of the Animas Mountain Trail System.

A popular and iconic trail in Durango, Animas Mountain yields spectacular views of the Hermosa (to the south) and Animas (to the north) Valleys.

Animas Mountain Trail 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: 37.32116, -107.867868

Where's the Trailhead?


Animas Mountain Trailhead Parking

Heading North on Main Street, go west (left) on 32nd Street and then a right on West 4th Ave, where you will see the parking lot/trailhead for Animas Mountain a short ways up the road.


help build our trails!

*TENTATIVE* Trail Construction: June 6th

Due to the ongoing nature of COVID-19, our trailwork kickoff has currently been postponed. While we hope we will be able to meet for our First Saturdays Trailwork in June, we are closely monitoring developments, and dates and times may change as a result. Please continue to check in here and on our social media for updated trailwork days!