Hermosa Creek Trail BikingHikingTrail Running

Trail Length
19.1 miles
Distance from Durango
35 miles
2330 ft
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Hermosa Creek Trail

Biking, Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

35 Miles


2330 Feet



Trail Length

19.1 Miles

Part of the Hermosa Creek Trail System.

There are several route options including an out and back on the singletrack portion of Hermosa Creek Trail. The main trail is very obvious. You will see several trail junctions along the way, but the main Hermosa Creek Trail is always the most well-worn route.

The “out” portion is 12.7 miles of rolling terrain and gentle climbing and turns around at the Dutch Creek Trail junction. Don’t make the rookie mistake believing Hermosa Creek is all downhill from Purgatory; it’s not. The Hermosa Creek trails connect you to a variety of high country routes from Jones Creek to Pinkerton or upper Hermosa to Bolam Pass or Hotel Draw.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.516534, -107.933662

Where's the Trailhead?


Northern Hermosa Creek Access

Southern Hermosa Creek Access

To access upper Hermosa Creek parking (near Purgatory): Take Highway 550 North from Downtown Durango. Turn left into Purgatory resort and park in one of its many parking areas and ride up the road or /shuttle to the top parking lot at Hermosa. To access Hermosa Creek Trail Out & Back: Take 550 North from Town and turn left at Hermosa Park Road. Cross the railroad tracks and follow up the road to the southern Hermosa Creek Trailhead located about 4 miles up Lower Hermosa Road which starts near the railroad track crossing in the small town of Hermosa north of Durango. Find the trail heading north near the junction of several dirt roads near the parking area.


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Trip Reports and Recent Photos

Hermosa Creek

Submitted by: Jess

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Trail Condition:



Starting at lower Hermosa Creek TH trail is dry and water in stream crossings is very low. There was one downed tree across trail but we moved it.

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