Parks, Open Space, Trails & Animas River

If it's a park, river trail, open space, or a river float, Durango has the outdoor playground for you! Check out our parks, open space, and trails for the activity that suits your needs.

Please help us maintain the quality of our parks, trails, and open space. Please pick up and properly dispose of your pet's waste. Remember, all dogs must be on a leash on all city lands and trails, except the off-leash area.

Be sure to obtain a Parks, Open Space, and Trails Permit to reserve your favorite facility for organized groups and events. Call (970) 375-7321 for more information.

Winter Closures of Restrooms in the Durango Park System

All restrooms within the Durango Park System will close starting October 31 and will remain closed through the spring until weather permits reopening.  Locations for portable toilets through the winter/spring are located at Rotary Park, Horse Gulch Trailhead and Santa Rita Park.

Winter Closures of City Tennis Courts

City managed tennis courts are closed and locked depending upon site conditions. City staff are monitoring court conditions with snowfall as the winter progresses. If precipitation ceases and courts remain clear of all snow inside the fence, with no more intermittent snowfall, the courts will be reopened and available for public use.

  • Smith Sports Complex - CLOSED for the Season until further notice
  • Jenkins Ranch Park - CLOSED for the Season until further notice
  • Mason Center Park - CLOSED for the Season until further notice

Public Lands Seasonal Closures

Durango area public lands are subject to seasonal closure for wildlife, including lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the City of Durango. The seasonal closure areas include:

Public Lands Subject to Annual Seasonal Closure for Wildlife (PDF)
Seasonal Trail Closures News Release (PDF)
Seasonal Trail Closures in Twin Buttes Map (PDF)
Animas City Mountain Closure Map (PDF)
Grandview Closure Map (PDF)
Grandview and Animas City Mountain Closure News Release (PDF)

How Do Seasonal Closures Protect Wildlife (PDF) Article

Seasonal Closure from December 1 – April 15:

  • Twin Buttes Open Space (including the Twin Buttes development)
  • Animas City Mountain, the lower 1.5 mile trail loop will remain open for access to Dalla Mountain Park
  • Grandview Ridge, the Carbon Junction Trail and Crites Connect Trail will remain open
  • Bodo State Wildlife Area, the Smelter Mountain Trail is open year round, but from December 31 to March 31 the trail is only open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dogs prohibited. At all other times, dogs must be on a leash.

Seasonal Closure from December 1 – July 31:

  • Perins Peak State Wildlife Area
  • Perins Peak

Areas Open Year Round for Recreational Use:

  • City Open Space in Horse Gulch and Raiders Ridge, including the Skyline Trail
  • Overend Mountain Park
  • Dalla Mountain Park
  • Fort Lewis College Rim Trail
  • Colorado Trail

Fertilization and Weed Abatement Press Releases for 2018:

Fertilization and Weed Abatement in City Parks and Open Spaces, April 17 - May 6 (PDF)
Fertilization in Select City Parks, May 22 to May 23, 2018 (PDF)
Fertilization in Select City Parks, June 28 to July 5, 2018 (PDF)
Fertilization and Weed Abatement in Select City Parks, July 23 - July 27, 2018 (PDF)
Weed Abatement in Select City Open Space and Hard Surface Trails, July 23 - August 3, 2018 (PDF)
Weed Abatement in Select City Open Space and Parks, July 27 - August 3, 2018 (PDF)
Fertilization and Weed Abatement in Select City Parks, August 9 - August 31, 2018 (PDF)
Weed Abatement at the Greenmount Cemetery, August 20 - 24 (PDF)
Weed Abatement Riverview Infields (PDF)
Fertilization in Select City Parks, September 4 - September 6, 2018 (PDF)
Weed Abatement October 1 - October 5, 2018 (PDF)

Tree Care Press Releases for 2018:

Tree Spraying at Greenmount Cemetery starting May 7, 2018 (PDF)
Elm Tree Root Injections starting May 29, 2018 (PDF)

Toxic Weed Information:

Myrtle Spurge toxic weed information and warnings (PDF)