Forest Road 543 goes north from the campground and winds its way up the south side of Barnes Mountain for six miles to the Animas Overlook. Here, at 9,000 feet, a leisurely walk will take you along an interpretive trail to nine information signs, with topics including history, geology, wildlife, archaeology, ecology, and forest management.
You can see a panoramic vistas of the high peaks to the north and east, with Animas Valley in the foreground. To the south are views of Durango and the mesa country. Animas Overlook is accessible to the disabled. The trail is paved and gently sloping, to aid the use of wheelchairs. The vault toilets have wide doors and handrails.
Directions from Durango, Colorado: On north Main at 25th Street, turn left across from the La Plata County Fairgrounds, and go 4 miles to the Forest Boundary. Continue on Forest Road 171 for 1.5 miles to Junction Creek Campground. Continue another 6 miles to Animas Overlook.
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
(NOTE: Wheelchair accessible. No fee. Amenities: water, trash pickup, and vault toilets.)