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“Day hike or backpack this lovely trail.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Piedra River Trail

Piedra River Trail
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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7 reviews
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“Day hike or backpack this lovely trail.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2012

We backpacked and camped for two nights on the Piedra River Trail and it was absolutely beautiful. Don't be scared off by the hordes of tourists during the first mile. They all come to hike for 20 minutes then head back. We saw two other hikers and no other campers during our trip. The river is clean and clear. You can rainbow trout if your a good fisherman. The trail itself is gently undulating, but nothing too strenuous. It's a great trail to warm up on in the spring for your first big hiking/backpacking/camping trip. I think the whole trail is a little over 20 miles.

Visited June 2011
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Bentonville, Arkansas
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57 reviews
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“Magnificient hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

This trail is along the river, and just beautiful. You hike through open areas, in the canyon, and across meadows...just beauitiful! We hiked in the fall, and the colors were wonderful, and the weather was cold...just right to enjoy.

Visited October 2011
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Salt Lake City
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“A classic river/mountain hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2011

Even in November, with none others on the trail, the scenery and river were delightful.

Visited November 2011
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Fayetteville, AR
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“Beautiful, easy hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2011

The 6 mile drive from town to the trailhead was beautiful! Gravel road was very smooth. Nice picnic at the picnic area by the river before we started our hike. Unfortunately, we were there the day before elk hunting season started. Lots of hunters arriving in the area with horse trailers. We talked to a hunter on horseback in his hunter orange who told us they were scouting for the next day's hunt. We were a little leery and wished we had hunter's orange vests! Regardless, it was an absolutely beautiful hike with variations in scenery from meadows, to river, to rock outcroppings, to beautiful soaring evergreens. Easy hike.

Visited October 2011
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Boulder, Colorado
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“A MUST hike...Welcome to a hidden garden of Eden.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

We knew there were many trails in the Pagosa area and asked the Hotel Manager where we should go. I was sort of stuck on one trail in mind but he persisted that we need to go on this hidden gem of a trail. We were glad he did because this is about as beautiful trail you will see anywhere and the short drive out has marvelous vista's of the mountains.

If you like a trail that at once starts out dropping into a beautiful deep narrow canyon walk in the trees and follows the river for a couple miles then jump on this one. It is very easy for 3.5 miles and if you want to continue it becomes moderate to the first fork at the Piedra Road. There is no way to capture this except maybe on video and youtube has some great clips.

The canyons are cut by water in such a way as they overhang in many places and in damp weather times you get water dripping off the tops in spots. Its a great one for all ages and if you fish you will wish you had your pole as i saw several trout jumping in the many pools while there. Easy access to the river so not a problem for exploring. You can just imagine indians living here years ago. I understand they now have a population of river otters but missed out seeing them but did see deer. During late spring well into summer wildflowers abound. Many people take a side trip to the ice cave but you need to read about it for more info online.

Visited September 2011
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