As people strive to incorporate much needed daily exercise and
outdoor activities to balance against the hectic schedule of urban
and suburban life styles in today's modern world, trail running
offers a great solution. It provides a refreshing and rewarding
escape into nature while staying fit and relieving stress. This
sport consists or running and hiking over trails, different from road
running and track running in that it takes places on hiking trails.
Located in the high mountain desert where the sun shines on
average 330 days of the year, Durango is a trail runner's paradise!
On the few days that running might present a challenge, chances
are there is fresh snow on mountain trails that makes for some
magnificent snowshoeing. (Griffiths, 2010)
There are several well-known and even famous trails starting right
in or near town! The Colorado trail actually ends just west of
Durango at the Junction Creek trailhead. The Telegraph trail
system which includes Horse Gulch and the Sales Barn begins on
the southeast side of town. Then you have Overend Mountain
Park on the west side of town with access from residential areas
such as Avenida del Sol. North of Overend trail system and still
beginning in town, is the Animas Mountain trail. This trail makes a
large loop on the top of a plateau with spectacular views looking
down onto Durango (open during the summer). A new trail
system called Twin Buttes has been developed and is now in use
to the west as you leave Durango on highway 160. Also don’t
forget the Animas River trail that runs right though the heart of
town running north and south.
Below is a list of a few popular running trail maps around Durango, this area is completely filled with
hundreds wonderful trails just begging to be explored!
Sean Meissner beating the path on
Durango’s new trail Twin Buttes.
Popular Running Trails
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This area of Colorado offers some of the best trail running in the nation especially when it comes to
endurance, athletes from all over the world come to this area to train at high altitudes and steep terrain. In
Durango there are many popular trail running events. Below is a list of some of the major annual races that
take place right here in Durango, Colorado.
Mother’s Day Telegraph 5k/10k - in May
Narrow Gauge 10 Miler - in May
We’ve Got Your Back Race/Walk - in June
Firecracker 5K - in July
Kennebec Challenge Mountain Runs
- in August
Family 5k walk/run - in August
Durango Double - in October
Friendly Safety Reminders:
Good habits can save lives! Although trail running is a great way to alleviate stress, it also has its safety
hazards and cautions. Durango does indeed sit high in elevation and altitude sickness can be a dangerous
factor when running at high elevations. Weather can become another issue very quickly, from lightning
storms to snow storms (yes even in the summer months). It is always a good idea to let someone know where
you are going for a run before head out, stretch, and have a good idea of where exactly you plan to be. For
more safety information please visit our Backcountry Safety page.
Mother’s Day Telegraph 5/10 K 2013
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