Animas City Mountain Trail Mountain Biking

North of Durango, the Animas City Mountain Trails are a locals favorite trail network. The main six mile loop has a steep 1,500 foot vertical ascent followed by an epic descent. Most people mountain bike ride the loop clockwise starting up the old 4WD road and descending on the singletrack. Along the way, the route passes through conifer and scrub oak forest. The long sustained climb to the summit can be loose and grueling, especially in the midday summer heat, but the views of the Animas River valley and surrounding peaks are worth it.

There are three trailheads serving the Animas City Mountain Trails.

To reach the main trailhead parking are from Durango, head north on Main Avenue, which becomes US550, to West 32nd Street. Turn left heading west on West 32nd Street. Turn right heading north on West 4th Avenue to the trailhead parking area.

To reach the Junction Street trailhead parking area from Durango, head north on Main Avenue, which becomes US550, to West 25th Street. Turn left heading west on 25th Street, which becomes Junction Street, for about 0.75 miles. There is a signed parking area on the right.

To reach the Birket Street trailhead from Durango, head north on Main Avenue, which becomes US550, to West 25th Street. Turn left heading west on 25th Street, which becomes Junction Street, for about 0.5 miles. Turn right on Birket Street to the trail entrance.

Note: the Animas City Mountain Trails are subject to seasonal closures.

Animas City Mountain Trail (CO/US)

Animas City Mountain Trail (CO/US)

Animas City Mountain Trail Mountain Biking Map

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Local Contact(s):  San Juan National Forest (970) 247-4874; Durango Visitors (800) GO DURANGO; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Mountain Bike Specialists (970) 259-6661.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bike Durago" from Holly Annala

Recommended Map:  "Southwest Colorado Recreation Map" from Latitude 40

Best Season:  May - Oct

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Durango Hostel (970) 247-9905; Riverhouse B&B (800) 254-4775

Luxury Loding:  Strater Hotel, Durango (800) 247-4431; Palmer Hotel, Durango

Breakfast Restaurant:  College Drive CafĂ©; Durango Diner

Local Website:  click herehttp://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/

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Date Updated:  9/24/2016

Animas City Mountain Trail Mountain Biking Map

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