Nature Trail BikingHikingTrail RunningWinter Recreation

Trail Length
0.5 miles
Distance from Durango
0.4 miles
265 ft
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Nature Trail

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

0.4 Miles


265 Feet




Trail Length

0.5 Miles

Part of the Fort Lewis College trail system.

The Nature Trail at Fort Lewis is a mile-long trail that connects Fort Lewis College and Durango. The Nature Trail is an interactive trail that has letters of the alphabet that extend through the trail, making the trail a fun hike for kids. It offers a beautiful view of Durango and an up-close look at nature. It is also the site of the Sky Steps, a 500 step stairway that extends from town to the college.

The Nature Trail begins at the south edge of the college, near the chapel and descends 300 feet. After a series of turns, the hike comes to an end at E. 10th Street and 6th Avenue.

To start going uphill, park near East 6th Avenue and 10th Street; the trail begins at the corner of East 6th Avenue and 10th Street. To start going downhill, from downtown Durango follow North College Drive, or 8th Avenue, to Rim Drive. Parking is available across from the chapel.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.273967, -107.873143

Where's the Trailhead?


Parking near East 10th Street

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 6th Avenue and find a place to park near East 6th Avenue and 10th Street. The Sky Steps begin at the Nature Trail on the corner of 6th Avenue and 10th Street.


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!