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The one mile route to Smelter Mountain is on the west side of the Animas River. The trail is steep and you’ll gain over 1,000 feet of elevation gain in less than a mile.
Durango, or as it was known in the late 1800’s as “Smelter City,” was the most prolific metal smelting operations in this region of Colorado and to which the mountain gets its name. People enjoy walking their dogs in the Durango leash free park or play baseball in the newly built park where once stood one of the largest industries in Colorado. Smelting is a way of separating base metals from rock (called ore) by using high heat (kilns and or furnaces) along with chemicals or gasses.
The trailhead is located on the west side of Highway 550/160 just South of Santa Rita Park. To get there turn west onto the frontage road just south of the bridge crossing the Animas River, take the first right onto CR 210 and then take an immediate right onto Smelter Place, the trailhead is on the West side of the road before reaching the baseball diamonds.
Visit the Trail Conditions Report for current conditions and photos.
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