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EZ Trail BikingHikingTrail RunningWinter Recreation

Difficulty
Condition
Good

Notes: 10.03.22

Region
Trail Length
0.3 miles
Distance from Durango
1.2 miles
Directions
Gain
70 ft
Rating
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EZ Trail

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

1.2 Miles

Gain

70 Feet

Condition

Good

Region

Trail Length

0.3 Miles

Part of the Horse Gulch Trails system.

EZ is named after local Durango Trails hero Ed Zink (1947-2019); a multi-generational Durango native who understood what it meant to be part of a thriving community. It meant being a steward to public lands, conservationist, business advocate, problem solver and promoter. Many times, all at once. Ed always kept the health of the Animas Valley and our community at the forefront of his work.

Ed opened The Outdoorsman in 1968. It was a general sporting goods store, but as Ed saw outdoor pursuits shift from hunting to cycling in the Animas Valley, he was quick to pivot the business into the fully-fledged Mountain Bike Specialists we know today.

But Ed didn’t stop there. He was also a founding member of Trails 2000, now Durango Trails, and Ed Zink’s legacy lives on through our organization and in the work we do every day.

EZ Trail spurs from an intersection with Zip Line and Milky Way trails to a mid-point on Rocky Road trail. EZ is a 0.3-mile trail that gains 70 feet as it climbs steadily to meet Rocky Road. EZ trail can be accessed either from taking Rocky Road or Zip Line trails from Horse Gulch Road.

The Horse Gulch Trail System is the perfect trail system for all levels and user types. It accommodates beginners or advanced riders, short rides, long rides, and more. You can start this trail any time of day. It gets dark around 7-8 p.m., depending on the time of year, so you’ll want to be done by then. In summer, these trails are mighty hot so bring plenty of water. Remember, the climb up Horse Gulch Road is the hardest part for beginners, once you arrive at the signed intersection at Meadow trail, you are greeted with 360 degree views and wide open space vistas. This intersection also provides a variety of trail options throughout the system.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.267664, -107.861484

Where's the Trailhead?

dIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Parking at Horse Gulch Trailhead

From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head east on 9th Street toward Fort Lewis College Mesa. Take a right on East 3rd Avenue, and a left onto College Drive (6th Street). Take a right on East 8th Avenue and a left on East 3rd Street. Behind the Mercy Medicine parking lot is a trailhead and parking area for Horse Gulch Trail System.

Trailwork

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Animas Mountain Trailwork | Wednesday, October 5th

Join us for trail maintenance on Animas Mountain on October 5th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please note, registration is required to join us for Trailwork; please click below to register.

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