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Address: , Ouray, CO
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Limited to foot and horse traffic, this 12-mile moderate trail starts at...
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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Best hike in Ouray

This is one tough hike and it's my favorite. It is plenty steep in places, but the Bridge of Heaven view is incredible. It'll test your legs and wind.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Beavercreek, Ohio
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Beavercreek, Ohio
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is one tough hike and it's my favorite. It is plenty steep in places, but the Bridge of Heaven view is incredible. It'll test your legs and wind.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great trail....but steep. Not good for small children or fear of heights. We made it to the cascade fall....trail got too scary and dangerous at that point. Worth the hike.

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Quarryville, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Very nice trail up to the falls. Not really that strenuous. You will pass past several meadows with a plethora of wildflowers. Great family hike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Nice hike. We took it only 1 mile up, to the Blow Out. Spectacular canyon. Trail has approx 20 switch backs to that point. You will climb up approx 1,000 ft in first mile. 70 yr old, 68 yr old, 47, 41, 10 and 7 yr old all did it. Bring water and snacks.

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Hook up to the Bridge of/to Heaven trail and you WILL NOT be disappointed. This trail was recommended by a local worker at The Outlaw, and it did not disappoint!

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Durango, Colorado
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

There was still a bit of snow at the very top and had we had some poles or our snow shoes, we'd have made it to the Bridge of Heaven. Even still, what amazing views of Ouray, Ridgway, the mountains...and Utah.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A wonderful trail for either hikers or horseback riders. It is a long trail (I think about 4 miles each way), with plenty of elevation gain on the way up. But the views are beyond compare, and on a clear day, the La Sal mountains in Utah can be seen! At the top of the trail, one is rewarded with... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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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
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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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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