Durango is one of the original mountain bike towns, hosting the first-ever UCI mountain bike world championships, and is home to one of the oldest mountain bike shops in the nation (Mountain Bike Specialists). According to the local advocacy group, Trails 2000, there is over 300 miles of trail accessible within 30 minutes of downtown Durango, with that number rapidly growing as you draw the circle wider and wider. That 300 miles contains everything from dry, deserty in-town trails to high alpine singletrack above treeline. The incredible diversity is similar to that found in Salida, just a bit more spread out.
Fort Lewis College in Durango is one of the most esteemed MTB race programs in the nation, consistently producing incredible athletes. Add in over 20 trailheads located right in town, a BMX track, skate park, bike paths, a new bike park in the works, six bike shops, five local breweries (recommendations below), shuttles and guiding, and much, much more, and Durango easily ranks among the best destinations in Colorado.
- Colorado Trail: Kennebec Pass to Junction Creek: 20 miles, advanced
- Telegraph Trail System: 20+ miles, intermediate (notable sections exceed)
- Hermosa Creek Trail: 19 miles, advanced
Next up: The Grand Valley, which includes Grand Junction, Fruita, Loma, and Palisade.