6 Spring Hikes Not To Miss (In Durango!)

Can you feel it? The temperatures are rising! It’s time to get out on the trails and enjoy the refreshing spring air. Durango is an excellent place to celebrate the new season. Whether a local or a visitor, there are some amazing and diverse hikes to enjoy. We’ve compiled just a few of our favorites for you. Be safe and have a blast!


Island Lake hike - Durango, CO real estate

Ice Lakes Trail

6.9-mile loop

Leashed dogs welcome 

Best April to September

This difficult trail is well worth it when you consider the views. You’ll find stunning blue, ice-cold waters at Ice Lake and Island Lake as well as a waterfall, creeks, and colorful forest. This trail is part of the San Juan National Forest and is popular for hiking, backpacking, camping, and rock climbing. You’ll begin at the Ice Lakes Trailhead at South Mineral Campground. There are plenty of ways to extend your hike, exploring more lakes and old mining operations. (Photo of Island Lake)



Animas Mountain Trail

6-mile loop

Dogs welcome on-/off-leash

Open mid-April to the end of November

This moderate trail is popular for hiking, biking, and climbing. Easily accessible from the town of Durango, you’ll start on Animas Mountain Trailhead at W. 4th Ave and 32nd St. You’ll find wonderful views of Durango, the Animas River Valley, and La Plata Mountains, and there are several side trails to add to your hike if you have the time. 



Spud Lake Hike - Durango, CO real estate

Spud Lake (Potato Lake) Trail

3.1-mile loop

Family and dog-friendly (on-/off-leash)

Best June to October

This moderate trail is a perfect, light day hike. The trail is used for hiking, fishing, camping, and plenty of lovely picnics. Look for beaver ponds on your way to Spud Lake where you’ll find views of the Animas Valley, Hermosa Cliffs, and West Needle Mountains. Start at the Spud Lake (Potato Lake) Trailhead, 29 miles north of Durango on Lime Creek Road (Forest Road 591). (Photo of Spud Lake by Al_HikesAZ no changes made)




Goulding Creek Trail

6.8-mile out and back

Dogs welcome on-leash

This difficult trail starts with 2 miles of switchbacks and an elevation gain of 2200 feet overall. Used mainly by hikers, you’ll find waterfalls, aspen groves, and views of the Hermosa Cliffs. Both a challenge and a lovely escape, you won’t find this trail overcrowded. The trailhead is on a dirt road on the west side of Highway 550, about ¾ of a mile north of Tamarron Dr. 



Colorado Trail to Gudy’s Rest

9.1-mile out and back

Dogs welcome on-/off-leash

The Colorado Trail consists of nearly 500 miles of trail between Denver and Durango. The Durango end of the trail starts at the Colorado Trail Trailhead, which is about ten minutes from downtown Durango, off Junction Creek Road (County Road 204). This beautiful, shady trail is popular and diverse, used for hiking and biking, and moderate in skill and effort level. The overlook at Gudy’s Rest, and expanding views along the way, are well worth the travel, but if you need a slightly shorter hike, start the trail at the Junction Creek Trailhead, which is just a mile further along Junction Creek Road.



Engineer Mountain Hike - Durango, CO real estate

Engineer Mountain Trail

12.7-mile out and back

Dogs welcome on-/off-leash

Best in May to October

Engineer Mountain is a prominent double-cone landmark north of Durango. This difficult trail is a challenge, but the expansive views are payment tenfold. You’ll start off in aspen and pine trees and eventually traverse under the East Face of Engineer Mountain. The trail is popular for camping, hiking, backpacking, and birding, with gorgeous wildflowers in spring and summer. You’ll find the Engineer Mountain Trailhead at Coal Bank Pass by taking a left onto a dirt road off of US-550 N, north of Purgatory. 




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