Hiking in Durango, CO

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  1. A gradual hike with amazing views that passes between Rolling Mountain and Beattie Peak to the stunningly blue, glacial Lake Hope.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    35.3 miles
    Duration
    Add more time if you want to explore the peaks in the area
  2. The path less traveled in La Plata Canyon is the old mining road leading to Tomahawk Basin. Some route finding and trail blazing is required but yields huge rewards in the way of views and solitude.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    13.8 miles
    Duration
    Also good as an overnight
  3. A local favorite, this 8-miler offers stunning views for hikers of all levels.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    4.9 miles
    Duration
  4. Discretely tucked away behind the hubbub of Durango, the Falls Creek trail system undulates through what many locals call Hidden Valley. These easily accessible trails follow the remote CR 205 through a wide, grassy meadow with white sandstone cliffs flanking it on either side.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    0.1 miles
    Duration
    At your leisure, as it is an out and back
  5. The Highland Mary Lakes hike delivers crystal clear lakes nestled in open expanses of wildflower-strewn meadows within the majestic San Juan mountains.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    38.7 miles
    Duration
    Out and back to Verde Lakes is 6 miles total, and to go this far takes about 4 hours total. However, there is plenty of room to explore, try your hand at fishing in one of the lakes, or pick up the spur trail which takes you to the Continental Divide Trail (see explanation below). The lakes are a peaceful place to pack a picnic or a tent for an overnight adventure. Wide open meadows invite children and dogs to play, while the peaceful shores of the lakes invite time to sit and contemplate the beauty of the landscape.
  6. A visible landmark and cultural staple, Hogsback is Durango's answer to the stairmaster. A steep climb yields amazing views in all directions all centered over the bustle of downtown Durango.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    0.9 miles
    Duration
    Strong hikers can likely finish in less than an hour
  7. Engineer Mountain is one of the most iconic peaks in this area. If an advertisement for Durango doesn’t have a picture of the D&SNG train, it will undoubtedly feature this raw and spiny mountain.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    0.1 miles
    Duration
    Fast hikers can likely get up and down in 3 hours or so.
  8. There are few places in the world that can compare to the raw, boundless beauty of Molas Pass. At 10,910 ft. above sea level, Molas Pass affords uninterrupted views of the oft-snowcapped peaks that make up the Twilights, the Needles, and the Grenadiers.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    33.8 miles
    Duration
    You can extend the hike as an out and back as long as you like
  9. Spend an afternoon at peace in nature, walking alongside the rushing Cascade Creek and wandering through long meadows painted with wildflowers. The Cascade Creek Trail, which sits just below Engineer Mountain, is a calm and quiet alternative to many of the more grandiose hikes in the area.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    0.1 miles
    Duration
    Trails eventually merge with the Colorado Trail, meaning you can extend your time out hiking as long as you like
  10. Haflin is a wonderful option for hikers who want to spend more time on the trail than in the car. 10 miles round trip with a steep, steady climb won’t disappoint those looking for a challenge as well as a photo-op.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    6.6 miles
    Duration
    3 - 5 hours round trip
  11. Engineer Mountain gets the glory, and the traffic, of celebrated summer hikes near Durango. For fewer crowds, more wildflowers, and – perhaps – better views head over one drainage to Jura Knob.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    30.6 miles
    Duration
    3 - 5 hours
  12. Despite stunning views and a rigorous hike, Elbert Creek Trail remains less traveled than many others in the area. However, the crowds will gather here on a bright fall day to watch the changing colors.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    22.3 miles
    Duration
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