Officially, this loop is a lollipop heading in a counter-clockwise direction. The trails you’re about to enjoy wouldn’t exist without our year-round work to plan, build, and maintain them. After 1 mile on this road you will see a second dirt parking area for Log Chutes. No. No upcoming trailwork events are currently scheduled. A popular and iconic trail in Durango, Animas Mountain yields spectacular views of the Hermosa (to the south) and Animas (to the north) Valleys. Log Chutes is a multi-use trail located just above the Colorado Trail Trailhead at Junction Creek in Durango. Click here. Animas Mountain Trail is very easy to follow via the many signs along the way. It provides easy access to a variety of parks, open spaces and natural surface trails as well as the community recreation center, the public library, downtown Durango, neighborhoods and schools. 2 Durango High School took on Evergreen in a key Class 3A clash Saturday in the Demons' home opener. And we wouldn’t exist without your support! Log Chutes trails cross Junction Creek road as we move from Log Chutes 1 to the Westview loop on the road so watch for cars. Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,519 ft Route type Loop Officially, this loop is a lollipop heading in a counter-clockwise direction. Animas Overlook is a popular overlook for people to drive to (on Junction Creek Road) and enjoy a scenic view of the Animas Valley or picnic at the overlook’s picnic tables and established trailhead. Future plans call for a multi-use hard-surface trail extended along Highway 160 on the south end of town. Turn right onto Camino Del Rio (Highway 550/ N. Main Avenue) Continue on North Main Avenue/Camino Del Rio; take a left onto West. The main trail, Animas Mountain loop is very easy to follow via the many signs along the way. Please consider financially contributing to help us continue to build and maintain great trails. Animas Mountain Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Durango, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. Download a free map of this famous paved path that follows the Animas River through Durango, Colorado. The path runs along the Animas River, with various points of access. The Animas Overlook Trail is a difficult trail which begins/ends at the Animas Overlook and continues 3 miles to meet Log Chutes 1. The Ice Lake Fire started Monday west of Silverton. City of Durango Parks and Recreation Department has announced the Animas River Trail North Extension from Animas City Park to Oxbow Park and Preserve is complete and open to the public. The trail runs along the river, crossing over in several spots via scenic bridges. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Parking at Log Chutes/Junction Creek Upper Trailhead. The road becomes dirt here. City of Durango Parks and Recreation Department has announced the Animas River Trail North Extension from Animas City Park to Oxbow Park and Preserve is complete and open to the public. Pretty views, nice hike, but much longer than advertised! From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head west on 9th Street toward Camino Del Rio. The Animas River Trail is perfect for casual walkers and runners, as well as quick in-town bike rides or family cruises. 25th Street. Running through the heart of Durango, it is the centerpiece of Durango’s overall trail system and a transportation backbone for the community. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Voters cast ballots in record numbers in La Plata County for the 2020 election. The Animas River Trail (ART), a hard surface shared-use path, is a very enjoyable paved trail great for all ages and skill levels. The Animas River Trail also provides easy river access for fishing, rafting, or kayaking. And we wouldn’t exist without your support! Sign up for text alerts on your mobile phone. The north end of Animas City Park has been improved with new landscaping and picnic tables. The trails you’re about to enjoy wouldn’t exist without our year-round work to plan, build, and maintain them. The north end of this popular trail is the intersection of the 32nd Street and East 3rd Avenue, and the southern end is at River Road, south of Escalante Drive. As COVID-19 cases surge, La Plata County will move to ‘Level... La Plata County has seven active COVID-19 outbreaks at workplaces, restaurants, Letters: Please stop with the cultural awareness, Report a paper delivery issue/suspend delivery. The city would like to thank community members and neighbors adjacent to the trail on Bennett Street, E. 36th Street and Silverton Street for their patience throughout construction. The Animas River Trail (ART), a hard surface shared-use path, is a very enjoyable paved trail great for all ages and skill levels. Durango's Centennial Nature Trail offers … The official Animas River Trail map. West 25th Street turns slightly right and becomes Junction Creek Road. We did Animas Mountain Trail on our final morning in Durango during a 4-day visit. Log Chutes is a multi-use trail located just above the Colorado Trail Trailhead at Junction Creek in Durango. You can also park to access the Animas River Trail at Santa Rita Park, Schneider Park on Roosa Avenue, Memorial Park at West 12th Street (behind the Durango Fire Station), Rotary Park at the intersection of East 15th Street and East 2nd Avenue, the Durango Rec Center at 2700 Main Avenue, and at the intersection of East 29th Street and East 3rd Avenue. No upcoming trailwork events are currently scheduled. Part of the Animas Mountain Trail System. Durango's natural surface trails are open to multi-use, non-motorized recreation and offer opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, trail running, dog walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and simply enjoying nature. Please consider financially contributing to help us continue to build and maintain great trails. Sorry. Sign up for our daily email newsletter or to receive breaking news delivered to your inbox: Choose from several print and digital subscription packages, © 1996–2020 Durango Herald | Ballantine Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. It crosses 8 bridges, 4 underpasses, and 1 tunnel to the south end of the city limits without crossing a single street. There are many places to stop for a rest or a picnic. A perfect way to enjoy Durango The Animas River Trail is the perfect way to spend the day, whether you want exercise or relaxation. At a three-way intersection, stay left on Junction Creek Road, and continue right, past the dirt parking area for the Lower Colorado Trail. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy, Gallery: Durango High football hosts Evergreen, La Plata County has seven active COVID-19 outbreaks at workplaces, restaurants, Bayfield School District closes schools for in-person instruction, Stranger pays for Durango woman’s groceries, lets her keep the change, Dan Snowberger resigns as Durango School District 9-R superintendent, Health department reports first COVID-related death since July. The concrete/asphalt trail stretches over 7 miles through town along the beautiful Animas River. You must have JavaScript enabled to fill out this form. Running through the heart of Durango, it is the centerpiece of Durango’s overall trail system and a transportation backbone for the community. Sorry. Animas Mountain Inner Loop A popular and iconic trail in Durango, Animas Mountain yields spectacular views of the Hermosa (to the south) and Animas (to the north) Valleys. The Animas Overlook Trail is a difficult trail which begins/ends at the Animas Overlook and continues 3 miles to meet Log Chutes 1. You must have JavaScript enabled to fill out this form. We read it was about a 5 to 5.5 mile loop hike and gave ourselves about 2.5 hours to do it, being decently in shape hikers who had just done, 2 days before, a longer and seemingly harder hike at