The Notch Trail is a 2.6 mile hike just outside of Durango, Colorado. The trail gives views above the tree line, and features wild flowers. The trail is recommended for use from March through October.

The trail is shared by mountain bikers and ATV users. The Notch Trail is located in the San Juan National Forest. 

Photos: William Snow, Davey Nin, and Kent Kanouse

Pack List

  • Water
  • Helmet if mountain biking or ATVing
  • Snack or sack lunch
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RT Distance 2.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 731 Feet
Activities Mountain Biking, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

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