All of Horse Gulch is accessible from a trailhead on E 3rd St at the southeast corner of downtown Durango. Click here for directions to Horse Gulch.
Overend Mountain Park (Test Tracks)
Officially named Overend Mountain Park, this trail system is known to locals as “Test Tracks,” referring to its history as a testing ground for new bikes and components by bicycle industry professionals since the 1980s. These trails wind through the hills and ridges on the west side of Durango in the shade of juniper, pine and oak trees, contrasting with the more desert-like feel of Horse Gulch. Fast, flowy, smooth surfaces, berms, and lots of optional jumps characterize this mountain bikers paradise. This is where I almost always get out for a quick ride before or after work!
Star Wars is one of the most classic trails in Durango. This is a fast, banked, and flowing downhill that will have riders hooting and hollering the whole way down. It has many line choices and is easily lappable, making it great for a fun evening ride with friends. To access Star Wars, climb the Hidden Valley trail, and then begin riding Graben’s Loop counterclockwise. As the trail steepens, an intuitive right turn leads into Star Wars proper.
After descending Star Wars, climbing back up via 8 Bells brings riders to a ridge with great views of town, especially at sunset. From here, there are a multitude of great options to ride.
Going straight down the ridge on Brown’s Ridge is a great high speed descent, and includes many sizable gaps and jumpable rollers. All of these features are optional, however, so this trail can be ridden by riders of all abilities.
Making a right turn off of Brown’s Ridge and taking Ella Vita offers a longer downhill with more varied terrain, including fast and flowy sections, more technical switchbacks, and a wooden bridge across a gully. Turning right instead of left from the top of 8 Bells will bring riders to Spirit via Hogsfoot, which makes for a longer and more XC style ride with lots of ups and downs, switchbacks, and varied terrain.