Folks have long enjoyed the beautiful ponderosa pine forests and sublime overlooks of Animas Mountain. For Durango, it is the quintessential backyard stash. This gently tilted mesa, composed of multiple sandstone formations, rises to an elevation of 8,161 feet above sea level, nearly a 1,500-foot vertical jaunt from town. Hikers, bikers, climbers and horseback riders are just a few of the folks who come to Animas City Mountain for a stellar piece of the Durango outdoors, now available in a user-friendly snow-free format.

Angelina Skowronski and her pup, Emmy Lou, head up the Animas
Loop Trail. Mike DAnna soaks in the hard-earned view from the summit
overlook on the Animas Mountain Trail. A showy male grouse blends into the branches of a ponderosa
pine. The trail map beckons users at the 32nd St. trailhead

 

In this week's issue...

August 16, 2019
Quick'n'Dirty

• Meetings explore homelessness
• City hosts tour of Roosa upgrades

August 16, 2019
Dirty talk

Conservation groups ask feds to put brakes on e-bikes on nonmotorized public lands

August 8, 2019
Step by step

Over the past several years, Colorado’s elected leaders have tried to tackle the rising cost of healthcare.