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“Wow and so close to Durango”
Review of The Colorado Trail

The Colorado Trail
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Guided Mountain-Biking Tour of Colorado's Front Range
Ranked #18 of 67 things to do in Durango
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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.
Durango, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wow and so close to Durango”
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, the trail starts very close to Durango out Junction Creek Road and follows Junction Creek. Try a short walk in an almost wilderness setting or go several miles up to Goudy's Rest with a great view towards Durango and the mesa beyond. Have a day and car? You can find the trail in the very high country at Molas Pass. Wide open high altitude walking. I would head west from the highway to avoid the steeper east heading trail. Easy down but tougher up on the way back. Watch out for possible afternoon lightning in the summer. Take plenty of water, good shoes, a good hat, suntan lotion, some snacks and a light windbreaker in case the weather turns cool. This is about 40 miles north of Durango and near the fun old mining town of Silverton. We recommend the Handlebar restaurant for a pure mountain Colorado experience. Have a day and a four wheel vehicle? Ask for the way to Kennebec Pass. The road goes from pavement to true four wheeling over many mile up to the pass where the trail crosses. I suggest heading west. Beautiful meadows. A small lake. Wildflowers. Amazing views of the La Plata peaks and the San Juan Mountains marching to the north. Big vistas of forest and peaks. Our friends from Baltimore (sea level) flew to Albuquerque (say 5,000') then drove to our home (7,500') in one day. They insisted on hiking the pass (say 11,000') the very next day. Let's just say they had a great time and . . . survived the altitude. I would recommend a few days of acclimation to really get the most out of this area. Have a backpack and some time? The wilderness camping is first class.

Visited June 2014
7 Thank Gunnar A
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Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Pretty but itchy”
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 switch backs began. They returned to the hotel happy but very itchy with over 25 bug bites each. This is my true story. Cover yourself in deet and enjoy !

Visited June 2014
1 Thank beachmom145
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Durango, Colorado, United States
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Durango - the start of the Colorado Trail”
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 Little Molas Lake campground side road ).

Visited February 2013
2 Thank Lawrence S
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Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Nice Day Hiking near Salida”
Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

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 of the many 14ers in the area. This RT stretch took us about 5 hours. Perfect way to spend a gorgeous late-October day in Colorado!

3 Thank HoosierRambler
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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Caroline E
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