Durango is a small city located in southwestern Colorado at 6,500 feet above sea level. It's surrounded by the San Juan Range of the Rocky Mountains. Sunny days average 266 per year. The downtown is historic and also fun and vibrant. There are trails all over and many have downtown trail heads. Our RV Park was 5 miles from the center of town which made it convenient to trails, restaurants and shopping.
The mountains make for great scenery everywhere you look. Most tourists come to Durango because of all of the athletic activities - hiking, mountain biking, fishing, skiing, kayaking and others. There are rapids on the Animas River close to town.
Our first hike was on the Animas Mountain Trail. It was just challenging enough and the views were great. After our first hike we joined other grubby hikers and bikers at a restaurant downtown on Main Ave. It was nice to see that the woman at the next table had more mud on her legs than I did.
As it is said, pictures are worth a thousand words.
The RV Park
One View From The RV Park
Our First Hike - Animas Mountain Trail
The upper part of the mountain was closed. This is to protect the elk and deer that come to lower elevations during the winter. Picture #2 shows Durango down in the valley. Picture #5 has two rock climbers, one is at the top. The Animas Mountain area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the US Department of the Interior. The BLM manages 247 million acres in mostly western states.