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Durango is the southern terminus for the 468-mile Colorado Trail and surrounded by the iconic San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness, the largest Wilderness Area in Colorado. With over 300-miles of trails accessible within 30-miles of downtown, Durango offers world class single track and mountain bike trails from Hoffheins Connection, a 20 mile single-track loop on the Colorado Trail to Horse Gulch, Log Chutes and Overend Park just minutes from downtown.
The first World Mountain Bike Championships was held in Durango in 1996 and Durango is a place where legends are made, including Ned Overend, one of the most decorated U.S. cross-country racers of all time. Overend Mountain Park, a 300-acre playground for mountain bikers, is dedicated to Ned, who still races in his 60’s and continues to inspire cyclists around the world. Olympians Travis Brown, Ruthie Mathes, Todd Wells and Howard Grotts also call Durango home and have claimed numerous national championships in mountain bike racing and cyclocross.
Known as a world class mountain biking destination, rock climbing in Durango is one of the state’s best-kept secrets. From the Animas River Valley’s sandstone bluffs to the jagged granite peaks of the San Juan Mountains, Durango offers unparalleled access to hundreds (if not thousands) of climbs ranging from family friendly top-roping, to airy multi-pitch “trad” (traditional) routes, boundless boulder fields, and high alpine thrills. Many of Durango’s climbing areas are within a few minutes of downtown and easily accessible from the highway, making them ideal roadside distractions for those just traveling through the area needing a quick climbing fix.
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