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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.

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
Seasonal Trail Closures News Release
Seasonal Trail Closures in Twin Buttes Map
Animas City Mountain Closure Map
Grandview Closure Map
Grandview and Animas City Mountain Closure News Release

How Do Seasonal Closures Protect Wildlife 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 2017:
Fertilization and Weed Abatement in City Parks, May 3 - May 18
Weed Abatement on City Right-a-ways and Open Space, May 2 - May 13
Fertilization and Weed Abatement Date Change for Rotary Park From 5-4-17 to 5-16-17
Cemetery Tree Spraying, From 5-15-17 to 5-19-17
Merit Tree Injections for American Elm Trees, Starting on 5-22-17
Weed Abatement Along Animas River Trail from 5-24-17 to 5-30-17
Weed Abatement Continues - ART-Cundiff to River Rd 6-5-17 to 6-7-17
Turf Fertilization at the Smith Sports Complex 8-31-17 through 9-1-17
Weed Abatement spot treatments 9-5-17 through 9-29-17
Fertilization and Weed Abatement 9-19-17 through 10-10-17
Memorial Park Turf Maintenance 9-7-17


Tree Care Press Releases for 2017:
(not schedule as of yet)


Myrtle Spurge toxic weed information and warnings


   Trail Bridge

Park in September    

  Dalla Trail