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6,701 mi 10,784 km of trail 93 Recommended Routes

Gems 15 Gems Easy Trails 398 Trails Intermediate Trails 749 Trails Hard Trails 535 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

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

Blue Lakes

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

Painted Wall Overlook

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

Warner Point

(7) Montrose, CO
gem Favorite Balcony House.

Balcony House

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

Star Dune

(9) Crestone, CO
gem Favorite Cliff Palace.

Cliff Palace

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

Marion Mine

(5) Colorad…, CO

Recommended Routes in Southwest Rockies - 77

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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 Looking towards the Rito Alto Lake valley after crossing the 1st pass.
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 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 Bridge #7 in early October
Difficult

Mount Rosa via Pipeline Trail

14.7 mi 23.7 km 4,197' Up 1279.26 m Up 4,192' Down 1277.67 m Down

Manitou…, 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 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 The vastness of the Weminuche Wilderness is breathtaking!
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

Trails in Southwest Rockies - 1589

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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 32 
6.4 mi 10.3 km #3Browns Creek Trail #1429
Intermediate
Alpine, CO
Intermediate
Alpine, CO 27 
13.7 mi 22.0 km #4Big Dominguez Canyon
Intermediate
Palisade, CO
Intermediate
Palisade, CO 19 
3.3 mi 5.4 km #5Columbine Lake Trail #509
Difficult
Silverton, CO
Difficult
Silverton, CO
4.8 mi 7.8 km #6Perimeter Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO 26 
4.8 mi 7.8 km #7Willow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO 10 
3.7 mi 6.0 km #8St. Mary Falls Trail (#624)
Intermediate
Manitou Springs, CO
Intermediate
Manitou Springs, CO 19 
4.3 mi 6.9 km #9Bear Creek National Recreation Trail #241
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
3.8 mi 6.1 km #10Uncompahgre Peak Trail #239
Difficult
Lake City, CO
Difficult
Lake City, CO
4.2 mi 6.7 km #11Dixon Trail
Difficult
Fort Carson, CO
Difficult
Fort Carson, CO 12 
0.6 mi 1.0 km #12Crestone Needle South Face
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
4.2 mi 6.8 km #13Mt. Shavano
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO
0.5 mi 0.7 km #14Southwest Ridge of Mount Sneffels
Very Difficult
Telluride, CO
Very Difficult
Telluride, CO
3.2 mi 5.1 km #15Hope Lake Trail
Intermediate
Mountain Village, CO
Intermediate
Mountain Village, CO
20.8 mi 33.4 km #16Sidewinder Trail
Difficult
Olathe, CO
Difficult
Olathe, CO
1.0 mi 1.6 km #17Silver Lake Trail
Difficult
Telluride, CO
Difficult
Telluride, CO
2.2 mi 3.6 km #18Crater Lake Trail #562
Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
11.1 mi 17.9 km #19CDT: Marshall Pass to Monarch Pass (CO Sec. 18)
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km #20Warner Point Nature Trail
Intermediate
Montrose, CO
Intermediate
Montrose, CO 16 

Photos of Southwest Rockies - 1276

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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
Easy going on the Colorado Divide Trail (CDT).
Jul 30, 2016 near Silverton, CO
Middle Blue Lake at sunrise.
Apr 14, 2015 near Telluride, CO
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Apr 1, 2020 near Crestone, 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