logotype
© 2011 DuranGO Outdoors
Falls Creek Area There are many beautiful trails in the Durango area and they have a lot to offer the outdoor enthusiast but Falls Creek is a spot one could consider "Romantic".Large lushly green meadows edged by white sandstone cliffs can be seen to the West. Tall ponderosa pines with views of the Animas Valley can be afforded to the East. It gives a feeling of peaceful solitude while only being a few miles out of town. There are about nine entry points along hwy 205 which allow users to spread out, find parking and start their preferred activities. Look for people to be hiking with pets, families with children, mountain bikers, trail runners,  and photographers.  In the winter you may see cross country skiers and people snow shoeing. Hikers wanting views of the Animas Valley need only head east to the edge of the ridge and follow the trail north. Year round use is available but look for prime conditions to be summer, (June -August) fall, (September - October) and winter (November - March). Spring can be a bit wet and mushy as the trail system sits in a valley and mosquito repellent is advisable if you plan on being near the streams and dense undergrowth. Falls Creek, also known as "Hidden Valley" was once home to the Anasazi who occupied the area from about 200 B.C. to 500 A.D. and the evidence of their life can still be seen today. In the valley are large sandstone overhangs or "Rock Shelters" where archaeologist excavated 47 human remains including one of the best preserved mummies ever found in the United States! Also found were very rare objects like sandals, jewelry, baskets and pottery which provide a glimpse into the culture of these ancient people (USDA Forest Service, 2006). Historically important and incredibly beautiful this trail system is a great place to visit whether it be for a run, ride or hike with the kids. Come on out and enjoy! Reference USDA Forest Service. (2006, December 6). Rocky mountain region: heritage. Retrieved from               http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/recreation/Heritage/crownjewels/index.shtml
Top of Page
Click for Durango, Colorado Forecast
Photo Gallery @ FACEBOOK Photo Gallery @ FACEBOOK