Located on the fringe of Durango, Colorado, Overend Mountain Park is a 300-acre landscape, home to about 12 miles of interlinked singletrack trails. Established in 1994 with the help of Trails 2000 and a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the park offers easy-to-reach cycling adventures for both locals and visitors.
To reach the trailhead from downtown Durango, take Main Avenue and turn west at the intersection with 9th Street. Continue across Hwy 550/Camino del Rio and the Animas River. Upon hitting a three-way stop sign, go north on Roosa Avenue. Turn left on Avenida del Sol. For parking, simply turn left into the Manna Soup Kitchen lot. From there, a brief walk or ride up Ella Vita Court leads you to the Overend Mountain Park trailhead.
Begin this 5-mile figure-eight loop from the trailhead behind Manna Soup Kitchen. Turn right onto Ella Vita, which leads up to Brown's Ridge. Turn right again, following Brown's Ridge to Falcon Trail. After a descent, another trailhead (TH) on Avenida del Sol appears.Turn right up Falcon Way to the cul de sac and continue briefly to the right. Venture left onto Falcon Trail singletrack, circling back to Ella Vita. From here, go up to Brown's Ridge and turn left, following it until you reach Hog's Foot. Turn left and descend until Spirit junction, where a final left will lead you back to the starting point.
Just like the Durango Telegraph Trail System, Overend Mountain Park is easier to navigate when thought of in two distinct sections: north and south. Though they interlink, focusing on one section at a time offers a manageable, enjoyable cycling experience.
In sum, Overend Mountain Park serves as an "outdoor bike park," offering a quick, fun, and flexible cycling escape without needing to venture far from Durango's downtown.