Durango is your typical mountain town. It is surrounded with gorgeous views. And also like most mountain towns it is highly dependent upon tourists. Another thing we’ve noticed is mountain towns seem to have the same cast of characters. Durango’s cast of characters could easily be Mammoth’s cast of characters. I’ll just leave it at that.
We spent four nights at Lower Hermosa Creek campground. It is a free campground in the San Juan National Forest about 14 miles outside of town. It is a long 14 miles, which kind of doesn’t make it free as you commute back into town daily for rides, shopping, and a brewery visit.
The campground was beautiful but it had a strange vibe. What we’ve found out is there’s a big difference between a free campground and a boon docking spot. We much prefer a nice boon docking spot.
No, we did not take the train to Silverton.
For rides we did The Colorado Trail-Dry Fork, Hermosa Creek Trail, and Horse Gulch/Telegraph trails.
Four nights is all we spent in Durango, as we were leaving town heading towards Cortez, we kind of felt we didn’t give the town a fair shake.
Brings back memories riding Durango in the late 80″s when it was considered the mountain bike capital of the USA by Mt Bike review. Cruising sinlgetracks!