Animas Overlook Trail

San Juan National Forest

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

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Animas Overlook Trail


  • Animas Overlook trail has some nice places to picnic or relax.- Animas Overlook Trail
  • Trailhead. The drive here is more difficult than the trail.- Animas Overlook Trail
  • The trail wanders from vista to vista through forest and wildflowers.- Animas Overlook Trail
  • Spectacular overlooks.- Animas Overlook Trail
  • Wildflowers and mountain views--that's Colorado!- Animas Overlook Trail
  • The paved trail has a maximum 5% grade and is ADA compliant, though a bit rough in spots.- Animas Overlook Trail
  • The Animus Valley and the San Juans beyond.- Animas Overlook Trail
  • The views going down the access road are gorgeous too!- Animas Overlook Trail
  • The lupine is abundant in June.- Animas Overlook Trail
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Easy hike. Great views. ADA accessible.
Rough access road. Too short!
San Juan Mountains, CO
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
49.00 ft (14.94 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.80 mi (1.29 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,928.00 ft (2,721.25 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
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Just about 7 miles past Junction Creek Campground and less than a half-hour drive from Durango, the Animas Overlook is a great short hike and picnic spot. The path is a short loop that follows the edge of the mesa overlooking the Animas River Valley. There are several overlooks and some informative signs that touch on the history of the area and the role of water and other resources. The San Juan Mountains are a backdrop to the beautifully green valley, which has been a center of agriculture and ranching for 150 years due to the abundant supply of water the river provides. The trail has been designed to be ADA accessible and has no more than a 5% grade and three-foot-wide pavement. Unfortunately, the surface has deteriorated and has not been maintained, but it should still be navigable by stroller or wheelchair. The access road is dirt, but it is easily within the capabilities of a standard automobile, and the views, particularly on the way down, are excellent and worth a stop or two.

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