Animas Mountain

Durango, Colorado 81302

Elevation Gain2,943ft
Trailhead Elevation6,636ft
Elevation Min/Max6636/8182ft
Elevation Start/End6636/6636ft

Animas Mountain

Animas Mountain is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Durango, Colorado. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 6,636 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,943 feet. Animas City Mountain (elevation 8,169 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Untitled, Animas Mountain 2 and Sailing Hawks.

Animas Mountain Professional Reviews and Guides

"Highlights include views of town and the surrounding area. This ride offers a great workout and a good downhill test. If you feel good after this ride, you're in great shape. It is located just north of Durango on Animas City Mountain. Tread: 5.9 miles on singletrack. Much of the trail is on an old road, but it's more like singletrack than anything else."

"This is a short ride that nonetheless dishes out the physical punishment. Most of the pain comes as a result of the first few hills, which rise from the trailhead at a startling angle, completely ransacked with babyhead rocks.

Conquering these first few pitches of pure brutality without pushing your bike requires a superhuman effort. While locked in mortal combat with this little hill, it becomes apparent why Durango produces some the strongest climbers in the sport of cycling. Trail Surface: 100% singletrack/widetrack Lay of the Land: Sloping, forested mesa-top just northwest of Durango."

"Durango residents have long enjoyed both the beautiful pine forests and the spectacular scenery that a visit to the top of nearby Animas City Mountain provides. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the trail that loops across this mountain’s sloping summit is currently designated as a combination hiking, biking, and equestrian route.

The locally prominent mountain was named after Animas City, which actually preceded Durango by a few years. First settled in the 1870s, Animas City was a bit standoffish in 1880 when General Palmer brought his Denver and Rio Grande Railroad to southwestern Colorado. Miffed by the rebuff, Palmer established his own town 2 miles to the south and named it after the Mexican city of Durango. Over the years Durango outgrew its civic rival and eventually annexed it."

"The Animas Mountain Trail is a convenient 5.8-mile loop for which the trailhead is located within the city limits of Durango. Popular with locals, this trail offers a quick getaway from the city without the long drive to and from the trailhead.

Because of its great access, beautiful Animas Valley views, and gradual uphill grade, this 5.8-mile loop on the Animas City Mountain is a local favorite and ideal warm-up for visitors to the area before hitting the big peaks. The trail travels along the eastern rim through a pinyon-juniper and scrub oak forest for the first section of the hike, offers spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains, and then snakes its way through a ponderosa forest on the western side of the mountain before returning to the city."

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It's a nice day hike. We went in the heat of the day and therefore were quite hot. I would recommend going counter-clockwise as you get to enjoy all the views on the way up. I wouldn't say the backside has lush forests, but it is much greener.
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This is an easy hike for all members of the family. This is also a good trail for those who are new to hiking. There are beautiful views as you traverse the trail. The terrain changes and you find yourself moving from rocky ledges to open meadows to lush forest. We did not encounter an excessive number of people and it proved to be a wonderful retreat and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Take plenty of water. Wear a hat. Take your camera.
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Nice day hike for a great view of Durango and Animas Valley.
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Hiking: this is a great trail for anyone visiting Durango and staying in town, as you access from the North end of city limits...this is a loop trail around the perimeter of Animas Mountain. First half is a consistant uphill climb. Latter half is a gradual downgrade. Views include all of the Durango area, Animas Valley/river, La Plata's, and mountains north (such as Engineer and the Needle's). Moderately difficult. Bring plenty of water in warmer months. Beware of small side trails that branch off and cut across the mountain.

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Tres Rios Field Office, 29211 CO 184, Dolores, CO 81323; (970) 882-7296;
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USGS: Durango West, CO
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Oct 2018