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

 

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July 21, 2022
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July 21, 2022
Tapping out

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July 14, 2022
Hey, good environmental news

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