In the heart of Durango, Colorado, Twin Buttes Trails stands as a testament to community involvement and natural beauty. This intricate network came to life in the fall of 2012, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Trails 2000, a local nonprofit. Situated close to downtown Durango, this 10-mile loop is a playground for those who enjoy climbs, views, and banked descents.
Driving west on Highway 160W from its junction with Hwy 550 in Durango towards Cortez, you'll find the Twin Buttes Trailhead just past the Giant gas station on the outskirts of town. An alternate, less developed trailhead is available off Lightner Creek Road, which has the advantage of allowing some leg warm-up before the main ascent.
Straight out of the gate, Twin Buttes offers some hearty climbs. Warm-up exercises for the knees are highly recommended before hitting the singletrack. From the parking lot, the trail ascends northwards, presenting some unmarked roads and trails, most of which are blocked off or well-signed. As you pedal, you'll find some downhill segments, finally arriving at a trail intersection where choices for Upper Twin Buttes Loop or the Cliffrock Loop await.
Twin Buttes Trails offers more than just a good ride; it offers an experience that gets better each time you traverse it. Whether you're a resident looking for a quick escape or a visitor wanting to explore what Durango has to offer, these trails serve up a comprehensive mountain biking experience.