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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

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

Blue Lakes

(17) Telluride, CO
gem Favorite Painted Wall at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP

Painted Wall Overlook

(19) Montrose, CO
gem Favorite Group of hikers heading to Star Dune

Star Dune

(11) Crestone, CO
gem Favorite Balcony House.

Balcony House

(9) Towaoc, CO
gem Favorite Cliff Palace.

Cliff Palace

(14) Towaoc, CO

Recommended Routes in Southwest Rockies - 80

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Favorite Beautiful view returning from the falls
Intermediate

Bear Creek Falls

4.7 mi 7.5 km 1,076' Up 328.04 m Up 1,076' Down 327.82 m Down

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 2,431' Up 741.11 m Up 2,430' Down 740.72 m Down

Ouray, CO
Favorite Ancient ruins.
Intermediate

Petroglyph Point Trail

2.2 mi 3.6 km 428' Up 130.47 m Up 169' Down 51.48 m Down

Towaoc, CO
Favorite Eureka Mountain at sunset, after the first October Snow
Difficult

Rito Alto Four Pass Loop

23.0 mi 37.1 km 5,843' Up 1780.85 m Up 5,841' Down 1780.34 m Down

Westcliffe, CO
Favorite Black Canyon
Intermediate

North Vista Trail

6.7 mi 10.8 km 1,169' Up 356.18 m Up 1,169' Down 356.24 m Down

Olathe, CO
Favorite Bridge #7 in early October
Difficult

Mount Rosa via Pipeline Trail

14.8 mi 23.8 km 3,981' Up 1213.37 m Up 3,983' Down 1214.09 m Down

Manitou…, CO
Favorite Descending Handies Peak through the flowers with stunning views of the American Peaks.
Intermediate/Difficult

Handies Peak - Southwest Slopes

5.4 mi 8.7 km 2,377' Up 724.45 m Up 2,376' Down 724.08 m Down

Lake City, CO
Favorite Heading for our campsite by the pond after another long day.
Difficult

Highland Mary Lakes Loop

7.8 mi 12.5 km 1,824' Up 555.88 m Up 1,824' Down 555.87 m Down

Silverton, CO
Favorite After leaving the forest you enter a meadow and depending on the time of year you may see a field of Paintbrush with Engineer dominating the view above.
Difficult

Engineer Mountain Out and Back

6.9 mi 11.1 km 2,310' Up 704.12 m Up 2,311' Down 704.42 m Down

Silverton, CO

Southwest Rockies Hiking

  • 8,423 Miles 13,556 Kilometers of Trail
  • 97 Recommended Routes
  • 15 Gems Gems
  • 427 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 753 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 518 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southwest Rockies - 1,601

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3.4 mi 5.5 km #1Ice Lake Trail
Difficult
Silverton, CO
Difficult
Silverton, CO 62 
7.6 mi 12.2 km #2Blue Lakes Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Telluride, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Telluride, CO 36 
6.4 mi 10.3 km #3Browns Creek Trail #1429
Intermediate
Alpine, CO
Intermediate
Alpine, CO 32 
4.8 mi 7.8 km #4Perimeter Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO 27 
13.7 mi 22.0 km #5Big Dominguez Canyon
Intermediate
Palisade, CO
Intermediate
Palisade, CO 20 
3.3 mi 5.4 km #6Columbine Lake Trail #509
Difficult
Silverton, CO
Difficult
Silverton, CO 10 
4.8 mi 7.8 km #7Willow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO 12 
3.7 mi 6.0 km #8St. Mary Falls Trail (#624)
Intermediate
Manitou Springs, CO
Intermediate
Manitou Springs, CO 20 
3.2 mi 5.1 km #9Hope Lake Trail
Intermediate
Mountain Village, CO
Intermediate
Mountain Village, CO
4.2 mi 6.7 km #10Dixon Trail
Difficult
Fort Carson, CO
Difficult
Fort Carson, CO 13 

Photos of Southwest Rockies - 1,422

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Dog tired at the end of a long day! He ate two suppers.
Jul 30, 2016 near Silverton, CO
Ice Lake Vista taken from Island Lake Trail
May 12, 2018 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
Lower Blue Lake from the Blue Lakes Trail
Apr 14, 2015 near Telluride, CO
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Apr 1, 2020 near Crestone, 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