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San Juan National Forest
#1 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
An easy way the see some of this beautiful National Park is to drive the Million Dollar Highway (U.S. Highway 550) between Montrose and Durango, which is part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway.
From gurgling small mountain streams to the full roar of the Animas river in the spring runoff this area offers everyone a taste of nature and all it's splendor!
Animas River
#2 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
Walking, jogging, biking, dog walking, impromptu guitar concert, watching the fly fisher or the fish, a walk along the Animas River through downtown or out to the dog park, you'll have a great time.
It winds through Durango, with plenty of opportunity to enjoy restaurants, city parks and conveniences such as restrooms and parking.
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Animas River Trail
#3 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
It has so many access areas, passes through lovely scenery, and makes it easy to exercise and have coffee, a snack, or a meal; visit the public library, the fish hatchery, the skateboard park, the BMX park, the Ch...
Justin did a fantastic job paddling, maneuvered through rocks, did a few 360s , and took us to the Surf Wave near Santa Rita park which we loved!!
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Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum
#4 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
as a fisherman it is always good to see what is being done to maintain the viabilty of the resources that make up so much of our natural enviroments and the beautiful gifts thst nature bestows upon us
Afterword, journey across the river bridge and enjoy the park, bird store, gazebo and river walk.
Purgatory Resort
#5 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings (9:45 - noon), volunteers from the San Juan Mountains Association conduct a nature walk at the top of ski lift #4.
Lots of snowboarders, they even have several terrain parks in all levels to play on!
Durango Snowbike Experience
#6 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
I am an active person by nature and this grated.
The Colorado Trail
#7 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
Start at the trail head near town and park if you can at the first parking area by the restrooms.
Most just enjoying nature with their family.
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Pinkerton Hot Springs
#8 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
What a wonderful delight and it was even more fun to then hike the area and look at the nature and see its effects on the local habitat.
We enjoyed seeing this hot springs out in nature .
Trimble Hot Springs
#9 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
Rim Trail/ Campus Loop
#10 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
There are several places you can park and take in the view.
Animas Mountain Trail
#11 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
Potato Lake Trail
#12 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
We were able to park the car along side of the road and packed everyone in the 2 remaining trucks and made it to the trailhead.
Cascade Creek Trail
#13 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
This is a wonderful trail for nature lovers, along the Cascade Creek.
You park & ascend down into the canyon.
Santa Rita Park
#14 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
This park is also along the Animas River trail and we were able to walk along the river for a little bit as well.
The park is right next to the animas river and there is a paved walkway/ bike trail right along side.
Haviland Lake
#15 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
Hesperus Ski Resort
#16 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
Castle Rock
#17 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
This trail is beautiful and you really get into the nature of Colorado.
Old Lime Creek Road
#18 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
Durango Off Leash Area
#19 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
Love any large dog park that still has grass and offers lots of room for my dog to run, run, run and chase balls.
As a local I often visit our dog park.
Rotary Park
#20 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
Lake Nighthorse
#21 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
The Test Track
#22 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
Purgatory Snowcat Adventrures
#23 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
Ski Barn Durango, Colorado
#24 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango
Hogsback
#25 of 25 Nature & Parks in Durango