Durango Parks & Open Space
THE CITY OF DURANGO PARKS DIVISION maintains 32 parks and open space comprised of 1,038 acres. Many residents and visitors utilize Durango's parks for fishing, weddings, picnics and other special events. Many parks are used to host public events such as antique car shows, sporting events, concerts and culinary fairs.
THE FORESTRY DIVISION maintains approximately 7,128 urban trees and regularly plants adaptable trees to attain a diverse and healthy urban forest. In 2004, The City of Durango Parks and Recreation Department completed an up-to-date urban forest tree inventory of all City-owned and managed trees. This inventory is intended to give an accurate estimate of condition, number of trees, and reevaluate tree management needs in the City of Durango.
THE ANIMAS RIVER TRAIL has approximately 5 miles of hard-surface trail running through town along the beautiful Animas River, with 4.2 additional miles planned for the future. The north end of this popular trail is the intersection of 32nd Avenue and E. 2nd Avenue (across the river from City Market North). It travels south through several city parks and across five bridges to the south end.
THE DURANGO MOUNTAIN PARK is a 271-acre parcel bordering the West Side of the City of Durango. Although the property has been in private ownership, it has historically been used by Durango residents and visitors for walking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, sledding, bird watching, and enjoying the outdoors. A variety of hiking and biking trails have evolved over time which have been used year-round by local neighbors, area residents, school field trips, and school athletic team training. The recreational utilization of this area has been crucial in the development of Durango as a home and training area for many of its world-class athletes.