Lion’s Den Trail
Part of the Fort Lewis College trail system.
Lion’s Den Trail is a relatively easy trail, great for kids. As with all trails in the area, there is a chance of wildlife sightings. This path is a multi-use trail, so hikers should use caution since the trail is also used by bikers.
Lion’s Den features a nice bench overlooking the Animas Valley mid-way up the trail, which is a common turn-around point for trail users looking for a shorter outing.
The very top of Lion’s Den is a popular brick-covered area that overlooks the city of Durango and the La Plata Mountains. The upper part of the trail is located across from Fort Lewis College Recreation Complex, complete with a playground, covered picnic areas, restrooms and softball fields. The lower trailhead is located at Chapman Hill Ice Skating Rink, going up from the dirt lot towards the Fort Lewis Mesa.
Map & Directions
Map Coordinates: 37.288121, -107.862433
Where's the Trailhead?
dIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD
From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head east on 9th Street toward Fort Lewis College mesa. Take a left hand turn on East 3rd Avenue and continue on 3rd Avenue. At the three-way intersection with Florida Road, veer right onto Florida Road and continue straight through the roundabout at Chapman Hill. Shortly after, turn right into the Chapman Hill Parking Lot.
help build our trails!
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!