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Pedal to the Peaks: 5 Durango Mountain Biking Trails to Explore This Spring

As the snow melts and the wildflowers bloom, Durango, Colorado comes alive with endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, including one particular crowd favorite: mountain biking. Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the San Juan Mountains and more than three million acres of protected wilderness, Glacier offers residents and members exclusive access to some of the most spectacular spring mountain biking trails in the region. 

Whether you have your own bike or want to take advantage of a Glacier e-bike — complimentary for Gold and Platinum members, or $15/person for two hours — there’s simply no better way to witness Colorado’s blooming spring landscape. Here are five local trails you’ll want to explore this season. 

Hermosa Creek Trail

The Hermosa Creek Trail is a true Durango classic, winding through lush forests and offering breathtaking views. This scenic 20-mile out-and-back route starts at the Purgatory Resort and leads riders to the charming town of Hermosa. Along the way, adventurers can expect technical sections, steep climbs, and two river crossings that can be challenging during the spring snowmelt. The trail provides an exciting and rewarding experience for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers.

Animas Mountain Trail

A 5.8-mile loop, the Animas Mountain Trail is a local favorite for its moderate difficulty and diverse terrain. Hikers, mountain bikers, and rock climbers alike flock to this area from March through October to enjoy the stunning vistas and varied challenges. The loop typically takes around 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete, making it a perfect choice for those looking for an adventurous yet manageable ride.

Castle Rock Via Elbert Creek Trail

For a more serene mountain biking experience, the Castle Rock Via Elbert Creek Trail provides a 5.3-mile out-and-back journey. This moderately challenging route is popular with birders, hikers, and horseback riders, who appreciate the peaceful atmosphere and diverse wildlife. Expect to spend around 3 hours and 16 minutes completing this scenic trail.

Haviland Lake

Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, the Haviland Lake loop trail offers a 3.8-mile loop that is well-suited for beginner and intermediate riders. Birders, campers, and cross-country skiers also frequent this area, which is open from May through October. The loop typically takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete, making it a great option for those seeking a more relaxed mountain biking experience.

Horse Gulch Trail

The Horse Gulch trail system is a true mountain bike playground, with a network of mostly singletrack trails that offer flowy rides and technical descents. From the Horse Gulch trailhead, riders can take the Big Canyon trail and then connect to the Animas Trail for a roughly 12-mile round-trip adventure. This intermediate-level system features short to medium-length climbs and is 100% singletrack, providing an exhilarating and immersive experience.

Whether you’re a seasoned mountain biker or just starting out, Glacier and the surrounding Durango area offer an unparalleled spring riding experience. Want to experience it firsthand? Get in touch with us at [email protected] to arrange a discovery visit.