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Horsethief Trail

Ouray, CO
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Ranked #14 of 15 Attractions in Ouray
Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Limited to foot and horse traffic, this 12-mile moderate trail starts at an elevation of 9,240 feet and ends at 12,800 feet, and rewards hikers with sweeping views of the LaPlata and Rico ranges, Dolores Peaks and Lizard Head.
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Dallas, Texas
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Very challenging, especially for people who are accustomed to having oxygen in their air. However, the views are totally worth all of the effort!

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Little River, Kansas, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This begins just across the road from Hot Springs Inn where we stay. Hadn't noticed the sign before and were told it had been recently re-opened. We decided about 4:30pm on our last day in Ouray to give it a try. It was rather steep and we only went about 25 min before deciding we needed to wait till next... More

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Montrose, Colorado
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94 reviews 94 reviews
25 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

There are actually two trails called "Horsethief" in Ouray. "Old Horsethief" starts south of town and is extremely steep with a 2,900-foot elevation gain over just two miles. If you can make it to the top, however, the views and the waterfall are breathtaking. "Horsethief" begins just off County Road 14 and is a trail leading to Bridge of Heaven... More

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West, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We of course did not read the difficulty level before attempting so were surprised by the difficulty of the trail. On our first attempt we climbed for about 45 minutes and then turned around. Kind of scary but very well marked and maintained we didn't take any water. The second attempt was much more fulfilling and we knew what to... More

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Boise, Idaho
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Very nice hike that is moderate to difficult; the FALLS at the top are amazing....pack lots of water, and take a lunch...you will want to spend time up there. The picture taking is great too!!!

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Boise, Idaho
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

But a fun trail to hike anyway. Our horses have theft insurance, so it wasn't a problem for us. I think the horse stealing occurs more in the summer, anyway.

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