Smelter Mountain Trail HikingTrail Running

Trail Length
1.1 miles
Distance from Durango
2 miles
1000 ft
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Smelter Mountain Trail

Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

2 Miles


1000 Feet




Trail Length

1.1 Miles

Smelter Mountain is a popular day hike in Durango that offers scenic views of the Animas Valley and Downtown Durango.
The hike is 1-mile from the parking area to the top and climbs steadily 1,000 feet to spectacular views. The base of Smelter Mountain is Durango’s off-leash dog area and open year-round.
Near the base of Smelter Mountain and the dog park are the iconic class III-IV Smelter rapids on the Animas River.
Note: This trail is not open to bikes and is closed for seasonal wildlife closures from December 1 to April 15.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.260501, -107.884423

Where's the Trailhead?


From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head west on 9th Street toward Camino Del Rio. On Camino Del Rio (Highway 550) turn left and continue left onto Highway 160 East. Take a slight right onto Frontage Road (across from Natural Grocers) and then a right onto CR 210. Turn right onto Smelter Place and find a dirt parking area to your left at the base of Smelter Mountain.


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