As the snow begins to melt, hiking increases in popularity in Durango and Silverton. The warmer temps and beautiful sunshine bring out the novice hiker and the expert to take on various trails in the area. On your next trip, make plans to take one of these gorgeous spring hikes in Durango.
Hike approximately 3.5 miles to the Ice Lakes near Silverton, Colorado. The trail begins at South Mineral Campground and while strenuous, offers some of the best views in the area. On your way to the Ice Lakes, you will be able to spot a waterfall, an old mining operation, and more as you trek through the forest. When you arrive at the Ice Lakes, you can enjoy beautiful views of the stunning bright blue waters, freshly thawed from the long winter.
Spud Lake, also known as Potato Lake Trail, is a mellow hike at Cascade Creek. It is approximately 1.5 miles each way, so it is perfect if you are looking for something quick and easy. If you are new to hiking, this is the perfect way to start out. Try to spot the beaver ponds along the way, or explore the banks and pick fruit. Bring the kids along for a truly family friendly experience in nature.
Engineer Mountain Trail
When you are driving north on highway 550, you may be able to spot the double cone landmark known as Engineer Mountain when you pass Purgatory. Engineer Mountain Trail is a difficult, 4.4 mile trek. If you take it on, you will be rewarded with beautiful 360 degree views of the surrounding areas. Because of the elevation, snow may remain through summer, but the views of the mountains surrounding it make this the perfect spring hike.
Animas River Trail
The Animas River Trail is a paved pathway that stretched 7 miles along the Animas River. If you are hiking with small kids or individuals who need accessible trails, this hike is a great option. You do not need to take all 7 miles on to experience great views and nature. While not a typical "hike," it provides the opportunity to get outdoors while accessing parks, public spaces and more.
Colorado Trail To Gudy's
The Colorado Trail offers nearly 500 miles of hiking trail to visitors. Hiking the Colorado Trail to Gudy's is a popular option for visitors to Durango. This trail is open year-round and is a great option if you are planning in spring hikes in Durango. It is a 7.9 mile out and back trail, and dogs are welcome. Grab your furry friend and take an adventure on this section of one of the most well known hiking trails in the United States.
Plan in one of these top spring hikes in Durango for your next trip. Enjoy stunning views of the mountains, river and town from many vantage points while you test your skills on challenging hikes, or take advantage of paved trails and shorter treks. Book your hotel soon and start planning your spring trip to Durango.
*Every year the Bureau of Land Management Colorado implements seasonal closures of trail access across the state to reduce disturbance to wintering wildlife. These closures usually take place between December & April. Please see BLM Colorado's interactive map of seasonal closures before planning your outdoor activities.