Overend Mountain Park
- Natural Surface Trail
From downtown Durango: From the intersection of Main Avenue and 9th Street, turn west and go across Highway 550 / Camino del Rio and across the Animas River. At the three-way stop sign, turn right (north) on Roosa Avenue and go to the Avenda del Sol and turn left (west). For parking, turn left into the Manna Soup Kitchen parking lot. Walk or ride up Ella Vita Court to Overend Mountain Park trailhead.
- Acreage: 301.6
- Trail length: 12.1 miles
Overend Mountain Park is a 352-acre property located along the western boundary of Durango City limits. Elevations in the Park range from 6,500 feet on its flatter benches to nearly 7,500 feet on its ridge tops. The majority of the Park has Cretaceous Mancos Shale geology and is heavily wooded with piñon, juniper, ponderosa pine, gambel oak, mountain mahogany, chokecherry, and serviceberry. North-facing slopes host fir and spruce forests. There are small open meadows on the flatter benches that are vegetated with native grasses and wildflowers. The area provides forage and covers for wildlife and is designated as severe deer and elk winter range by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), supporting deer, elk and other big game, as well as small mammals and birds. The adjacent BLM land contains nesting areas for Peregrine falcons, managed cooperatively by CPW. The Park is considered to have significant biodiversity of conservation value under evaluation systems used by CPW, La Plata Open Space Conservancy, and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program.