Lion’s Den Trail BikingHikingTrail RunningWinter Recreation


Notes: 6.10.21

Trail Length
1.3 miles
Distance from Durango
1 miles
725 ft
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Lion’s Den Trail

Biking, Hiking, Trail Running, Winter Recreation
Durango to TH

1 Miles


725 Feet




Trail Length

1.3 Miles

Photo Courtesy of Missy Thompson

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?


Parking at Chapman Hill

Fort Lewis College Stadium Parking Lot (Free)

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.


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