Grandview Ridge Trail System

Neighboring the Horse Gulch Trail System, the Grandview Ridge Trail System is one of the most expansive trail networks in the area. The trail system was mainly designed for intermediate bikers, runners, and hikers who crave multi-directionality and hefty turns. It also accommodates backpackers who want to see the Durango area from the comfort of a bivy sack or backpacking tent. The trail system can be accessed from Big Canyon Trailhead — just past Durango Motor Company on Highway 160. 

Visitors can hike, backpack, mountain bike, and bird watch in the summer months. 

During the wintertime, there is a full suite of options for perspective cross-country skiers and snowshoers. 

Things to Do in the Grandview Ridge Trail System


There are 11 trails for hikers to choose from in the Grandview Ridge Trail System. Some, like the 0.9-mile Water Tank Road Trail, offer families a casual, short hiking experience. Others, like the 1.4-mile Skull Rock Trail, challenge visitors with steep elevation, knife-point turns, and varied terrain. 

Mountain Biking

With powdery tracks and breathtaking vistas, mountain bikers won’t want to pass up the Grandview Ridge Trail System. The most popular trails are Cowboy Trail, and the Crite’s Connect Rail are the most popular trails. For those looking for more varied terrain, check out the South Rim Trail. 

Bird Watching

Here, birders can often find American Robins, Blue-gray gnatcatchers, Great Horned Owls, and Red-tailed hawks. 

Depending on the season, birders might also see bald and golden eagles. 

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

For cross-country skiers and snowshoers, there are a few trail options available. While seasonal closure occurs on some trails from December 1 to April 15, the Carbon Junction Trail, Crite’s Connect Trail, Yellow Brick Road Trail, and Rail Road Trail are open for winter recreation. 

Be aware of avalanche safety and best practices, and remember that mountain slopes are not the only place where avalanches can occur. 

Maps and Site Resources


Travel Tips for Grandview Ridge Trail System

  • Always bring plenty of water and food with you on your trip. 

  • The sun is much stronger at higher altitudes, so apply and reapply sunscreen liberally every two hours.

  • Be aware that predators are known to stalk the area at dusk. 

  • Stop in at the Durango Joe's kiosk off Highway 160 to get snacks and drinks to fuel your adventures. 


Accessibility Information

  • Narrow trail

  • No access beyond designated access points


Care for Durango

  • Please pack out all trash and waste, including your pet's waste.

  • If you’re biking, be mindful of foot traffic. 

  • Follow Leave No Trace (LNT) principles.

  • Dogs must be leashed or otherwise physically restrained. Do not leave pets unattended.

  • Do not pick the wildflowers. 

  • Do not engage with or feed the wildlife. 

Pledge to Care for Durango