Local Rides in Durango
The trails in Durango are truly world class. Offering hundreds of miles of perfect single track, Durango is the most renowned mountain bike mecca in the American West. Riders of all ability levels can find any type of trail here, from screaming rough downhill to smooth, fast single track through mountain meadows.
We do not want you to get lost, so we strongly encourage you to purchase a map. Search and Rescue services can be very costly — thousands of dollars compared to less than $10 for a good map. Mountain Bike Specialists offers many local trail maps and books. You can ride right from downtown Durango on our Horse Gulch trail network, or you can drive a short distance in either direction for some great riding.
Mountain Bike Rides
Horse Gulch Trails
The trail head starts at 8th Avenue and 3rd Street , with a parking lot along the tree line. The beginning of the trail is up a rocky
4-wheel drive trail, but then turns into meadows. At the top of the dirt road, you have the choice of turning left or right. Turning
right will lead you into the meadows where there are a few different trails. Just follow the signs. If you choose to turn left, the
trail gets difficult and goes up the ridge face for some good climbs and descents.
Overend Park can be accessed a variety of ways but the most popular rout starts from 9th street. Turn right to Roosa, and left on Avendia del Sol. Continue on Avendia del Sol until you see a singletrack on your right. Follow the trail to your right, it will take you down Roots, over to Slime Gulch, turn right and follow the ditch trail where you’ll see a trail continue right in front of you. Follow this to the Hidden Valley trail, where you’ll climb up, stay to your right. This will bring you to the top of Star Wars where you’ll encounter a steep descent, back to Slime Gulch, climb up Roots and go right to the Dump and then around to the Spirit Trail.
Colorado Trail – Hoffheins Connection
The Colorado Trail – Hoffheins Connection is a 20 mile single-track loop. Starting from Durango, head west on 25th Street,
which becomes Junction Creek Road. After the paved section of the road ends, the Colorado Trail begins on the left side of
the road. There is a parking area near the trailhead. Follow the trail along the creek, crossing over the bridge, until you reach
Gudy’s Rest. Just 1/8 mile past Gudy’s Rest, take a left on the Hoffheins Connection trail. It’s all down hill to Lightner Creek
Road. Follow Lightner Creek Road to Highway 160. Turn left, traveling east on Hwy 160 to get back to Durango.
Hermosa Creek Trail
Hermosa Creek is one of the most popular single-track trails in Durango. The trail leads from Purgatory to Hermosa and is about
a 20-mile ride. A dirt road takes you to the trailhead located on the backside of Purgatory. The trail has some technical sec-
tions, steep climbs and two river crossings. The river crossings can get waist-high in the spring and early summer. The trail ends
in Hermosa, about nine miles north of Durango.
Baker’s Bridge This 30-mile loop begins on North Main Avenue at City Market. Turn right on 32nd Street and ride until it ends at
County Road 250, then turn left. County Road 250 will take you all the way to Baker’s Bridge, winding through the lush Animas
Valley. Travel south over the bridge and straight to the intersection at Highway 550. Turn left on 550 and ride it past Honeyville
to Hermosa where you get on County Road 203. The turn onto CR 203 is on the right, just past the railroad tracks and it will
bring you back into Durango. This ride is also referred to as “The Long Valley” by area bikers.
This is a shortened version of Baker’s Bridge, also referred to as “The Short Valley”. The total distance is about 15 miles. Begin at
County Road 250, riding until you reach County Road 252. Turn left, riding past Dalton Ranch and across Highway 550. Turn left
on County Road 203, which will take you back to Durango.
Elmore’s Loop starts on Historical 3rd Avenue. Head north on 3rd Avenue, which will become Florida Road(County Road 240.)
Once on Florida Road, there will be a steady 6-mile climb that ends at Edgemont Ranch. About a mile after Edgemont
Ranch, at the bottom of the descent, take a right on County Road 234, at the fire station. CR 234 connects with Highway 160
after about 12 miles. Head west on Highway 160 back to Durango. This loop is approximately 26 miles.
This ride is about 45 miles long with a few steep climbs. The ride starts out the same as Elmore’s Loop on Florida (CR 240.) Stay
on CR 240 past the turn-off for Elmore’s Loop. When you reach the bridge, turn right, crossing the Florida River. When you reach
the intersection of CR 501, turn right. Follow CR 501 to Highway 160. Head west on Highway 160 back to Durango.
Durango to Silverton
This ride one-way totals 50 miles and includes two mountain passes and scenic views; Coal Bank Pass, at 10,660 feet and
Molas Pass, at 10,900 feet. There is about 6,000 feet of climbing on the way to Silverton. The trip begins on Main Avenue
(Highway 550) in Durango. Highway 550 winds through the mountains to Silverton passing Purgatory and the Hermosa Cliffs
along the way. The ride is easier traveling from Silverton to Durango, but be sure to warm up before you start because it
begins on a mountain pass. You can make arrangements to ride the train to Silverton and ride your bike to Durango.
Wildcat Canyon Loop
Wildcat Canyon Loop begins on Highway 160 W, with a long 10-mile climb then a short descent to Hesperus Store. Turn left at
the store on Hwy 140. The road has a gradual decline for a few miles. Take your first paved left onto County Road 141, which is
Wildcat Canyon Road and is on a climb up from a bridge. County Road 141 has gently rolling hills that will take you back to
Hwy 160 just west of Durango. The loop is about 35 miles long and can be taken in either direction.
Durango to Pagosa Springs
This ride is 60 miles, one-way. Take Highway 160 east from Durango all the way to Pagosa Springs. There are a few steep
climbs, but primarily rolling hills. You can soak in the hot springs to relax your tired muscles once you arrive in Pagosa Springs.