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The Colorado Trail

25th Street, Durango, CO 81301
970-385-2950
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Ranked #9 of 28 attractions in Durango
Type: Biking Trails, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Spanning some 500 miles from Denver to Durango, this path crosses many different elevations and environments, including eight mountain ranges, seven... more » Owner description: Spanning some 500 miles from Denver to Durango, this path crosses many different elevations and environments, including eight mountain ranges, seven national forests, six wilderness areas and five river systems, making it one of the most fascinating and scenic trails in the state. « less
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Plano, Texas, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Fantastic high-elevation hike from Hotel Draw Road to Little Molas Lake (near Molas Pass on US-550 north of Durango) -- We hiked these two segments of the Colorado Trail (32 miles) in three days early in the season (July 1-3) and ran into some snow, but nothing two Texans in their mid-50s could not handle. This hike was breathtaking becasue... More

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Durango, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Everyone says that southwest Colorado got the best end of the Colorado trail from Denver to Durango and I agree. We live here and have many, many other trails to compare it to. The trail is beautifully maintained by many volunteers, the scenery is wonderful and there are several ways to enjoy it. For an hour to a half day,... More

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georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Two middle aged people and their grown daughter started down the Colorado trail. Suddenly they felt pain. Minutes later they were covered in mosquito bites and rushed back to the car. After a quick stop at the drug store and heavy application of bug repellent they returned and enjoyed a lovely hike as far as the bridge just before the... More

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Durango, Colorado, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This trail that connects Durango to Denver is worth taking a hike on. A great destination from town is Gudy's Rest, an easy 2-mile RT hike. There are also other access points off US 550 ( San Juan Skyway ) north of town, including a gorgeous stretch with views of the San Juan Range near Molas Pass ( take the... More

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Indianapolis
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We loved our day hike on the Colorado Trail between Angel of Shavano trailhead/camp and CR228 (or you could go on to Hwy 50 before turning around). Trail was mostly flat with some gentle ups and downs, and views of nearby peaks were spectacular. Great hike for flat landers to acclimate to altitude near Salida before venturing out to any... More

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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73 reviews 73 reviews
16 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

A nice introduction to Colorado hiking. This trail is easily accessible from Durango, and a great way to get a hike in if your time is limited.

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FL
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Not for the faint of heart(or lungs/legs), but if you are feeling like a challenge the views you get on this adventure are not ones you will ever forget. I highly recommend!

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Tucson
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Took the train to the Elk Meadow stop (just before Silverton) and hiked back to Durango on the Colorado Trail. The scenery is the best I've seen in the world. Breathtaking vistas, beautiful colors and the trail is a gem. Well maintained by volunteers. Campsites and water well documented using the Data Book sold via the Colorado Trail (www.coloradotrail,.org). Hiking... More

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Seattle WA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Fabulous expansive views are on offer through most of this section of the reknowned Colorado trail. We joined the trail from the West Willow trailhead north of Creede, hiked east a short ways to climb San Luis Peak, then went west for 7 more days to the Elk Park train stop of the D&SNG train. Snow Mesa was amazing, as... More

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Durango
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We found the trail and walked a little bit both ways. There is one part that is right by the edge of a cliff, so if you are afraid of heights, it may not be for you. We also went down by the river. Still, it was nice for hiking. There were a lot of people on the trail -... More

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