From mountain biking to snowshoeing and everything in between, Durango is the outdoor adventurer’s dream destination. There’s an almost endless variety of outdoor activities enjoyed by both locals and tourists here, but the most popular choice has to be hiking. The best part about hiking in Durango is that there’s a trail for everyone. Choose from challenging uphill treks with rewarding views and leisurely walks in the woods. Book your Colorado adventure with us now, and check out this list of hikes that everyone from the beginner to a seasoned pro will enjoy.
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Our Favorite Local Hikes, From Beginner to Expert
Scenic Spud Lake – An Easy Day on the Trail
One of Durango’s most talked-about hiking trails, Spud Lake trail offers stunning mountain views, the perfect 3.1 mile loop trail and, of course, access to Spud Lake. Whether you’re bringing the kids along or want to run the trail instead of walk it, Spud Lake is the perfect half-day hike. See more about the trail here and get ready for an afternoon you won’t forget.
Engineer Mountain – A Memorable, Mid-Level Experience
This beautiful trail will give you a bird’s eye view of Durango. It starts near the bottom of Coal Bank Pass and stretches almost 13 miles among countless evergreen trees. Engineer is called a moderately difficult trail and rewards hikers with unmatched scenery. This dog-friendly trail is great for those seeking a bit of a challenge and a day full of fun.
Ice Lake Basin Trail – An Unforgettable Challenge
We went a little bit out of town for this one, but can you blame us? Located about an hour north of Durango, in Silverton, is the Ice Lakes Trail. While it’s a steep climb at some points, the views are more than worth it. The trail isn’t for the faint of heart and is categorized as hard, but if you’re up for a grand adventure, we highly recommend this one. Ranked as the best trail in the San Juan Forest, this beauty is an 8.1-mile loop that gains more than 3,000 feet in elevation. At the top, you’ll find crystal blue pools of ice-cold mountain water and some of the most stunning wild flowers you’ve ever seen.
Stay in a Rental Home from Durango Colorado Vacations
Pack your hiking boots and get ready to enjoy the best trails Durango has to offer. Then, book a home with Durango Colorado Vacations! We have an amazing selection of rental properties, from gorgeous estates to cozy cabins. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a girls’ trip or a family vacation, we have the perfect accommodations for you.
Consider booking BlackBear 46, a beautiful three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit right inside Purgatory Mountain Resort. This beautiful unit has views of Purg’s ski slopes and is near a great fishing lake, a community park and mile of trails to explore. With a private garage, a modern kitchen and an outdoor living area that overlooks the mountains, this property is the perfect vacation spot. Ready to book what will become an unforgettable trip? Take a look at the rest of our homes and reserve one today! We can’t wait to meet you.