Trails 2000

Based in Durango, Colorado, Trails 2000 is a 501c3 organization that builds and maintains trails; educates trail users and encourages connectivity on road, path and trail.
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Dalla Mountain Park

Photo: Scott DW Smith

Difficulty Rating: Moderate to Difficult
Length: Approximately 8 miles
Usage: Hike/Bike only
System: In town trails
Connections: Animas Mountain

Dalla Mountain Park is a popular destination among climbers, hikers and mountain bikers alike. The area, densely forested and populated by an incredible number of sandstone boulders, some the size of buildings, is well signed. From the trailhead, ride or hike up the road to the end and turn left at the trail sign. Follow this rocky trail over rolling terrain for several miles. From time to time, you’ll enter areas with large boulders where the route finding may seem difficult. These are trails to climbing areas but just parallel the cliff band above you to your right and you’ll find your way. Eventually the trail starts to descend to your left and then begins to loop back. Majority of the ride/hike is of rocky, technical terrain.

History

It is an area known by many names. For climbers attracted to its exceptional bouldering, the southern flank of Animas Mountain was once known as “The Secret Spot.” To hikers and mountain bikers alike accessing the area’s network of trails, it is often referred to by the name of neighboring subdivision, “Sailing Hawks.” But after the City of Durango purchased the 176 acres from owner Jake Dalla and permanently preserved it as open space in 2005, it was christened Dalla Mountain Park. The acreage is also boarded on two sides by Bureau of Land Management property, abutting the popular Animas Mountain trail and rolling into the City of Durango on the third side. Trails 2000 was substantial in negotiating the transition of the property and got our hands dirty afterwards helping to make Dalla’s sustainable trail network.

Getting There

From Durango, head north on Hwy 550 and take a left hand turn at 25th street (by the Texaco) which turns into Junction Creek. It will wind through a subdivision and continue on to a country road. The trail starts at the bend in Junction Creek. Pull into the gravel parking lot.

 

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