The Animas Mountain Trail is perfect for intermediate hikers who want their effort to be rewarded with wonderful views. The Animas Mountain Trail is located in the San Juan National Forest near Durango, Colorado. The trail features a phenomenal forest setting, and is rated as moderate. The trail is open to dogs and is shared by trail runners.

The Animas Mountain Trail is a 6 mile loop trail, easily accessible from town, and best used from March until October. In the early spring and late fall, it is advised to bring YakTrax or similar in case there are icy patches on the trail. 

Photos: Granger Meador

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy hiking boots or trail runners
  • Sun protection 
  • YakTrax or similar
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RT Distance 5.9 Miles
Elevation Gain 1535 Feet
Activities Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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