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6,670 mi 10,734 km of trail 93 Featured Hikes

Gems 15 Gems Easy Trails 623 Trails Intermediate Trails 678 Trails Hard Trails 359 Trails
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Gems in Southwest Rockies - 15

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gem Favorite On the top of High Dune looking east toward the San De Cristo Mountain to the east of Sand Dunes National Park.

High Dune

(28) Crestone, CO
gem Favorite The bold colors of Lower Blue Lake.

Blue Lakes

(12) Telluride, CO
gem Favorite Impressive views from the Painted Wall overlook.

Painted Wall Overlook

(13) Montrose, CO
gem Favorite Gunnison River flowing.

Warner Point

(6) Montrose, CO
gem Favorite Balcony House.

Balcony House

(8) Towaoc, CO
gem Favorite The old entrance to Marion Mine.

Marion Mine

(5) Colorad…, CO
gem Favorite Cliff Palace.

Cliff Palace

(8) Towaoc, CO
gem Favorite Group of hikers heading to Star Dune

Star Dune

(6) Crestone, CO

Featured Hikes in Southwest Rockies - 75

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Favorite Bear Creek Falls
Easy/Intermediate

Bear Creek Falls

4.7 mi 7.5 km • Loop • 1,076 ft Ascent 328.04 m Ascent

(37) Telluride, CO
Favorite Hikers descending the gully, not far from the summit. The 13,500 ft saddle can be seen in the distance.
Difficult

Mt. Sneffels

5.0 mi 8.0 km • Loop • 2,431 ft Ascent 741.11 m Ascent

(26) Ouray, CO
Favorite Ancient ruins.
Intermediate

Petroglyph Point Trail

2.2 mi 3.6 km • Point to Point • 428 ft Ascent 130.47 m Ascent

(24) Towaoc, CO
Favorite Looking towards the Rito Alto Lake valley after crossing the 1st pass.
Intermediate/Difficult

Rito Alto Four Pass Loop

23.0 mi 37.1 km • Loop • 5,843 ft Ascent 1780.85 m Ascent

(11) Westcliffe, CO
Favorite Black Canyon
Intermediate

North Vista Trail

6.7 mi 10.8 km • Out and Back • 1,169 ft Ascent 356.18 m Ascent

(22) Olathe, CO
Favorite Sunrise from Windom Peak.
Extremely Difficult

Chicago Basin 14er Grand Slam

28.9 mi 46.5 km • Out and Back • 12,167 ft Ascent 3708.44 m Ascent

(4) Silverton, CO
Favorite The vastness of the Weminuche Wilderness is breathtaking!
Intermediate/Difficult

Highland Mary Lakes Loop

7.8 mi 12.5 km • Loop • 1,824 ft Ascent 555.88 m Ascent

(8) Silverton, CO
Favorite Descending Handies Peak through the flowers with stunning views of the American Peaks.
Intermediate

Handies Peak - Southwest Slopes

5.4 mi 8.7 km • Out and Back • 2,377 ft Ascent 724.45 m Ascent

(14) Lake City, CO

Trails in Southwest Rockies - 1567

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3.4 mi 5.5 km #1Ice Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverton, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
3.4 mi 5.5 km Silverton, CO 50 
7.6 mi 12.2 km #2Blue Lakes Trail
Intermediate
Telluride, CO
Intermediate
7.6 mi 12.2 km Telluride, CO 25 
6.4 mi 10.3 km #3Browns Creek Trail #1429
Intermediate
Alpine, CO
Intermediate
6.4 mi 10.3 km Alpine, CO 26 
13.7 mi 22.0 km #4Big Dominguez Canyon
Easy/Intermediate
Palisade, CO
Easy/Intermediate
13.7 mi 22.0 km Palisade, CO 14 
3.3 mi 5.4 km #5Columbine Lake Trail #509
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverton, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
3.3 mi 5.4 km Silverton, CO
4.8 mi 7.8 km #6Willow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
4.8 mi 7.8 km Crestone, CO
0.5 mi 0.7 km #7Southwest Ridge of Mount Sneffels
Extremely Difficult
Telluride, CO
Extremely Difficult
0.5 mi 0.7 km Telluride, CO
4.3 mi 6.9 km #8Bear Creek National Recreation Trail #241
Intermediate
Ouray, CO
Intermediate
4.3 mi 6.9 km Ouray, CO
3.7 mi 6.0 km #9St. Mary Falls Trail (#624)
Intermediate
Manitou Springs, CO
Intermediate
3.7 mi 6.0 km Manitou Springs, CO 17 
3.8 mi 6.1 km #10Uncompahgre Peak Trail #239
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
3.8 mi 6.1 km Lake City, CO
20.8 mi 33.4 km #11Sidewinder Trail
Difficult
Olathe, CO
Difficult
20.8 mi 33.4 km Olathe, CO
23.2 mi 37.3 km #12Pine River Trail #523
Easy/Intermediate
Bayfield, CO
Easy/Intermediate
23.2 mi 37.3 km Bayfield, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #13Crestone Needle South Face
Extremely Difficult
Crestone, CO
Extremely Difficult
0.6 mi 1.0 km Crestone, CO
11.1 mi 17.9 km #14CDT: Marshall Pass to Monarch Pass (CO Sec. 18)
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
11.1 mi 17.9 km Salida, CO
1.7 mi 2.8 km #15Wetterhorn Peak Trail #9256
Extremely Difficult
Lake City, CO
Extremely Difficult
1.7 mi 2.8 km Lake City, CO
7.4 mi 11.9 km #16Middle Fork #227
Intermediate
Ridgway, CO
Intermediate
7.4 mi 11.9 km Ridgway, CO
3.2 mi 5.1 km #17Hope Lake Trail
Intermediate
Mountain Village, CO
Intermediate
3.2 mi 5.1 km Mountain Village, CO
1.7 mi 2.8 km #18Dream Weaver
Intermediate
Cañon City, CO
Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.8 km Cañon City, CO
23.8 mi 38.3 km #19CDT: South River Peak to Squaw Pass (CO Sec. 5)
Intermediate/Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
23.8 mi 38.3 km Pagosa Springs, CO
10.6 mi 17.0 km #20Main Loop
Intermediate
Cortez, CO
Intermediate
10.6 mi 17.0 km Cortez, CO

Photos of Southwest Rockies - 1122

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Dog tired at the end of a long day! He ate two suppers.
Jul 30, 2016 near Silverton, CO
Middle Blue Lake at sunrise.
Apr 14, 2015 near Telluride, CO
Easy going on the Colorado Divide Trail (CDT).
Jul 30, 2016 near Silverton, CO
Ice Lake Vista taken from Island Lake Trail
May 12, 2018 near Silverton, CO
A climber works his way through the scree up to the top of Storm King.
Jul 5, 2017 near Silverton, CO
The large catwalk atop Storm King offers views of Silex in the background.
Jul 5, 2017 near Silverton, CO
Lower Blue Lake from the Blue Lakes Trail
Apr 14, 2015 near Telluride, CO
The bold colors of Lower Blue Lake.
Dec 14, 2016 near Telluride, CO

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