About .6 of a mile from the parking lot
Durango State Park is a great place to bring Fido for a hike.
Dogs love the wide-open spaces at Durango State Park.
View from top of Durango dog park.
Hiking up the mountain a little way in the Durango Dog Park
About .6 of a mile from the parking lot
Durango State Park is a great place to bring Fido for a hike.


This large park with 6 square miles of natural, open space is on the side of Smelter Mountain right in downtown Durango. A stone's throw from the DoubleTree and other dog-friendly hotels, this park is a place where dogs can play in the Animas River and run the trails while you enjoy a great hike. Public parking is located in a dirt lot on the corner of Hwy 160 and El Camino Rio.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Durango Dog Park has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 10 dog owners on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    Best Park EVER

    This park has everything. A river for the dogs to play in, acres and acres to run in, poop bags, amazing dogs, amazing people. By far the best park I’ve ever been to! I would give it six stars if I could. It’s tricky to find. So I recommend parking at the Doubletree hotel and then walk across the river… Just a parking tip!

  • More than one year ago.
    Love this place!

    A perfect place to end the work day. I'm in sales and travel a large territory. My Dixie travels with me often. We love finding a great spot like this for an off leash hike.

  • More than one year ago.
    Hiking/Dog Park in one!

    So awesome. I was nervous at the lack of fencing, but really did feel safe with the natural fences of the river and the hillside. If your dog is a swimmer, watch them carefully as the river seems to run swiftly (july 2016), but luckily mine aren't swimmers. Usually at dog parks I stand around while my dogs play, but here I get my walk on and the dogs play as we go! I've never been brave enough to off-leash hike with my dogs since I don't know who they'll encounter around the next bend, but here, I know it's all dog-friendly, so they had a splendid time. Came here every day of our week in Durango, and we'll miss it when we leave. No snake sightings, though signs posted said to watch out. Ok, I watched out, but what do I do if we see one?!

  • More than one year ago.
    Please be careful

    As one of the original board members of this dog park, I feel a bit proprietary. I would like to remind people that this is not a public service. The city could shut it down at any time if trouble arises (although I'm sure they don't want to). So please don't bring aggressive dogs or puppies who haven't been fully vaccinated. And please....CLEAN UP after your dogs! I hate to get preachy, but we fought so hard to get this park approved and we want it to keep going forever. Thank you!

  • More than one year ago.
    Very nice

    This park is very beautiful, it is by the water and the mountains, a lot of green and a lot of freedom, people are very friendly :)

  • More than one year ago.
    Never Gets Old

    We use the dog park every day and meet people from around the country visiting Durango with their dogs. Everyone is astonished with the river access, trails, and sheer size of the dog park. if you walk to the far side of the park you get an incredible view of The kayakers and rafters dropping into Smelter Rapid. In the winter its common to see skiers and snowshoers doing laps with their dogs. Enjoy!

  • More than one year ago.

    Awesome dog park! Our two Weims loved it and so did we did. Lots of room to hike and explore. We hiked "way up" the mountain one morning and turns out we were probably only 1/2 way up! Park isn't fenced but natural barriers keep dogs safe. Parking lot is hard to find. Go west on Hwy 160 from Hwy 550. As soon as you cross the river there is a diet parking lot on the south side of the road. The left side of the parking lot has a sign saying "Public Parking" and the right side of the parking lot has a long trailer on it where people are living. Follow the path leading out of the parking lot along Hwy 160 (about 50 yards) to the entrance.

  • More than one year ago.
    World's Best Dog Park

    OUTSTANDING. We're city people, have very limited off leash opportunity, and this park was a true 'find'. No regrets whatsoever that we added this side trip to our road travel itinerary. Our girl was happily exhausted following her long opportunity to run, sniff, chase, explore. And all the dogs and parents were friendly, welcoming. Just passed through, but loved Durango!!!

  • More than one year ago.
    Best Dog Park Ever

    This dog park is great. Natural vegetation, and flat dirt areas along Animas river for the dog to play in. The only thing is there are posting warning of Rattlesnakes, but locals say they don't see rattlesnakes often, and only when you go on the upslope trials, away from the main play areas along river. It is not fenced, but the natural barriers keep dogs save. There is no sign for this park and the "parking lot" is a dirt patch of ground that is hard to find. I added a pix.

  • More than one year ago.
    Huge dog park

    This is one of the best dog parks in the U.S. That we have found traveling. It is a huge open area where dogs can roam free for miles. The boundaries are the Animas river on one side and mountains on the other. The parkings signs for this dog park are so small we missed it. We parked in a hotel parking lot next to the Animas river and started walking the river trail with our dog leashed. We had to ask people on the trail how to get to the dog park on the other side of the river, but all the locals knew where it was and how to get across the river and into the dog area. Your dog will definitely get lots of exercise here and you will enjoy watching people raft by on the Animas River.

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Traveler Photos

We've dug up 8 pictures of dogs at Durango Dog Park for you below. Enjoy!

Pin of parking area
Dixie and I enjoying Durango off leash dog park
Mango about to get wet
Mango playing
Cooling off
So much fun!
Sadie exploring

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