Top three reasons to go mountain biking in Durango
Over 2,000 miles of scenic off-road tracks for riders of all skill levels
Amazing terrain diversity, with tracks sprawling from mountains to deserts
Plenty of advanced high-adrenaline, fast-reaction cliffside rides
As the site of the first ever mountain bike world championships, Durango can be seen as one of the hometowns of adventure tourism. This quaint former frontier mining town, situated at the foot of the San Juan mountains, prides itself with having some of the best mountain biking in the state. And how could it not? Serving as the access point to the two-million acre San Juan national forest, aspiring adventurers have for decades been drawn to the town for its hundreds of miles of glorious singletrack through colorful and diverse natural terrain. In the mood for a casual cruise in the desert breeze? Ride the flowy loops of the family-friendly Spur Line Trails at Three Springs. Wish to test your quads and feel the mountain greenery? Opt for the panoramic climbs and blood-pumping descents of the Engineer Mountain trail. Durango has something for everyone, and once you visit, you won’t want to leave!
April through October
Albuquerque, NM, is a 3.5 hour drive away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Durango Half-Day Tour With a Guide
Embark on a 2-2.5 hour tour of Colorado’s timeless trails guided by one of our enthusiastic and experienced cycling experts. Come to Durango, and your guide will tailor the day to your wishes and your previous experience. All that’s left is to hop on a bike and make some memories!
Durango Full-Day Tour With a Guide
More time, more opportunities! Spend the day conquering classic Colorado trails such as the Hermosa Creek Trail and the Telegraph Trail under the watchful eye of an experienced local guide. After a thorough assessment of your skill level, you will be ready to set off and explore the endless riding opportunities that Durango has to offer. Anything goes on Durango’s thrilling tracks.
Meet your guide
We have used Hermosa Tours for shuttles, as well as guided mountain bike trips, several times over the past few years. I would highly recommend that if you are not familiar with the trails in the Durango area, you spend a little extra for the guided tours. Matt, the owner of Hermosa tours, asked many questions to help customize great rides that suited our desires and matched our skill level. Matt helped with planning ahead for the ride with recommendations on what type of gear to bring and wear for the ever changing weather of high altitude riding. Hermosa Tour guides are courteous, extremely friendly, and patient. Plus, the guides know the best routes to take to maximize the amount of singletrack and minimize jeep roads. In fact, some of the routes and trails they showed us are trails only locals know and do not appear on most maps or guide books. We also felt an extra level of security from the guided experience as the guides are well-trained in first aid and kept a watchful eye on us, always being mindful of our safety.
From the moment we met our guide to the fantastic bikes that were near perfectly dialled in for us. The views were fantastic, the trail totally met our skill level and our guild was so awesome. She made me feel totally back at home on a bike after not riding in over five years.
I did a half-day mountain biking tour with Britta, and I am so, so, glad that I did! I had not been out biking in more than two years, and Britta was incredibly patient. She gave me excellent advice on how to conquer some of the trickier parts of the trail, and let me do a couple of re-dos so I could prove to myself that I was capable of getting a few steeper downhills.
Britta is just the best, and I’d recommend her to anyone thinking of doing this trip. When I return to Sedona, I will be requesting her for my next mountain biking adventure!
Things to know
Covid measures in Durango, Colorado
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Colorado please refer to the Official Colorado Covid 19 Updates website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- A half or full day of mountain biking
- Helmet and hydration pack
- Transportation from and to the trailhead
Mountain bike rentals are available for an added fee of $40.00 for the Basic Hardtail model, and $89.00 for the Full Suspension model.
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Durango
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be able to bike at least two hours, depending on the itinerary you choose. After booking, your guide will determine the group’s skill level and capabilities and cater the day to your specific abilities. Keep in mind, opting for the full day option means more biking, which is strenuous even if you stay on beginner level trails.
What if I’ve never mountain biked before?
As long as you pedal on two wheels, you can book this adventure. A guide will explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trail. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort. Once you finally get the hang of trail riding, you will only want more!
What about required equipment?
Here’s what you’ll need to bring:
- Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The group size for these private tours are usually between 1–6 people with one guide.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to ride with friends and family.
Mountain biking in Durango can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.
If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Durango, most people fly into the Albuquerque International Sunport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to make the approximately 3.5 hour drive to Durango.
Once there, you can meet your guide at the scheduled time in the 2nd Ave Sports store in Durango. Alternatively, if you’re staying in Durango and you don’t have transportation, you contact your guide and arrange for them to pick you up at your hotel.