The Lake Trails BikingHikingTrail Running

Trail Length
Distance from Durango
29 miles
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The Lake Trails

Biking, Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

29 Miles



Trail Length

Part of the Vallecito, Colorado area.

The Lake Trails: Easy. Most portions of this trail skirt the edge of Vallecito Lake. Look for Walk Path signs as you drive around the Lake to access. There are benches and picnic tables along the way and plenty of fine fishing spots. There is a “Flowers from the Lake trails” brochure available at many local businesses to help you identify the wildflowers. For more information see the Vallecito Lake Map.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.419118, -107.553277

Where's the Trailhead?


Parking Near Jack Creek (County Road 501A)

From 9th Street & Main Avenue in Durango, head north on Main Avenue (Highway 550). Turn right on 32nd Street (CR 251) and continue. Take another right onto CR 250, and then a left at the light onto Florida Road (CR 240). Continue on CR 240 for 11.8 miles, then turn right to stay on CR 240 for 2.8 more miles. Turn left onto CR 501, and continue around Vallecito Reservoir until you see a desired starting point or sign for the Walk Path around the lake. From CR 501, you can take a right onto CR 501A to a small parking area at the nearest side of the lake, near Jack Creek which also provides access to other Vallecito area trails.


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Thursday, September 12 Trailwork

Join us for a weekday trailwork party at [location TBD]. Thank you for volunteering with Trails 2000 at our trailwork party on Thursday, September 12  from 4:30 to 7:30pm!


Love the Trails Like a Local

Say Hi

Greet all trail users by saying hi when passing on the trail.

Announce Yourself

Say "on your left" as approaching other trail users from behind.

Pick Up After Yourself

Pick up after yourself and your pet. Please don’t litter.

Keep Dogs on a Leash

Keep your dogs on a leash or leave them at home. Off-leash dogs are not allowed on City Open Space and are the number one source of trail conflict.

Stay on the Trail

Help protect natural areas and habitats by staying on established trails. Creating "social trails", cutting switchbacks, or ignoring trail closures leads to greater erosion and impacts on ecosystems.

Give Uphill Traffic the
Right of Way

Uphill traffic always has the right of way. Downhill traffic must be in control, especially around blind corners, to avoid coming in contact with uphill traffic.

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