Mountain biking and hiking trails at Twin Buttes of Durango

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Twelve miles of mountain biking and hiking trails wrap all the way around the Twin Buttes neighborhood, with most uphill of it. Only the upper trails are closed for wildlife habitat from December 1 – April 15 (see map for closure points). These trails were planned, built and are maintained by local nonprofit Trails 2000. The main trailhead is just west of the Giant gas station on Hwy. 160. As always, hikers have right-of-way.

Lower Trails at Twin Buttes (Open Year-Round)

Steep climb from parking area, crosses old road then climbs again through pinion and juniper. Connects to old railroad grade at junction with Mid Traverse.


System: Twin Buttes
Length (Miles): 2.2
Ride Level: Difficult
Usage: HIKE/BIKE

Gentle climb. Trail starts from CDOT parking area, follows old dirt road then connects to the Twin Buttes trail avoiding the first steep climb from main parking area.


System: Twin Buttes
Length (Miles): 0.43
Ride Level: Moderate
Usage: HIKE/BIKE

Gently rolling trail. Will connect to Twin Buttes Trail and back to the parking area.


System: Twin Buttes
Length (Miles): 0.96
Ride Level: Moderate
Usage: HIKE/BIKE

Fun downhill with tight switch backs, banked turns and whoop-de-dos. Couple of log and rock jumps with easy opt out routes to the side for the cautious riders.


System: Twin Buttes
Length (Miles): 0.69
Ride Level: Moderate
Usage: HIKE/BIKE

City of Durango future paved trail. Now open.


System: Twin Buttes
Length (Miles): 1.84
Ride Level: Easy
Usage: HIKE/BIKE

Trail follows the old railroad grade. Closed during early phase of construction.


System: Twin Buttes
Length (Miles): 1.06
Ride Level: Moderate
Usage: HIKE/BIKE

Upper Trails at Twin Buttes (Closed Dec. 1 – April 15)

Moderate climbing through pinion and juniper with smooth flat sections in open meadows. Great views of Durango to the East and views of the Twin Buttes.


System: Twin Buttes
Length (Miles): 2.53
Ride Level: Moderate
Usage: HIKE/BIKE

Trail follows the old railroad grade. Fun downhill on the back side of the Buttes, follows ridge line then flat trail on south side.


System: Twin Buttes
Length (Miles): 1.1
Ride Level: Moderate
Usage: HIKE/BIKE

Gentle climb then steep switchbacks in the Ponderosa forest leads to the base of the Buttes.


System: Twin Buttes
Length (Miles): 0.66
Ride Level: Moderate
Usage: HIKE/BIKE

Expert downhill skills required! Steep and fast downhill through the Ponderosas with tight turns and rock obstacles. Some smooth and fast sections too.


System: Twin Buttes
Length (Miles): 1.32
Ride Level: Difficult
Usage: HIKE/BIKE