Hiking Project Logo

San Luis Valley

Area suggestions or local tips? Tell us!

Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Weather Averages


High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w/
 
J F M A M J J A S O N D

580 mi 933 km of trail 12 Featured Hikes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 47 Trails Intermediate Trails 69 Trails Hard Trails 37 Trails

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Kristi Mountain Sports is the San Luis Valley's premier location for all outdoor gear needs. It is a classic "Mom and Pop" outdoor shop with a service center and rental equipment.
Area suggestions or local tips? Tell us!
Hiking Project is built by hikers like you.
Share what you know about this area with the community.

Gems in San Luis Valley - 3

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Gems

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 Group of hikers heading to Star Dune

Star Dune

(6) Crestone, CO
gem Favorite Zapata Falls - Looking up from base of falls

Zapata Falls

(4) Alamosa…, CO

Featured Hikes in San Luis Valley - 12

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Hikes

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 Elk herd, dunes, and Crestone Peaks
Easy/Intermediate

Sand Dunes Loop

3.6 mi 5.8 km • Point to Point • 301 ft Ascent 91.6 m Ascent

(13) Crestone, CO
Favorite Zapata Falls - Looking up from base of falls
Easy/Intermediate

Zapata Falls

1.0 mi 1.6 km • Loop • 289 ft Ascent 87.99 m Ascent

(16) Alamosa…, CO
Favorite Willow Lake moonrise.
Extremely Difficult

Kit Carson and Challenger

14.1 mi 22.6 km • Loop • 5,550 ft Ascent 1691.67 m Ascent

(8) Crestone, CO
Favorite Standard exposure and scrambling along the Northwest Face.
Extremely Difficult

Tour de Little Bear

2.7 mi 4.3 km • Loop • 2,168 ft Ascent 660.89 m Ascent

(2) Alamosa…, CO
Favorite Hiking up the Phantom Terrace rewards you with phenomenal views of the Sangre de Cristos
Intermediate/Difficult

Venable - Comanche Loop

12.2 mi 19.7 km • Loop • 3,740 ft Ascent 1139.98 m Ascent

(5) Westcliffe, CO
Favorite On top of Music Pass looking down on Sand Creek basin.
Intermediate/Difficult

Music Pass Trail to Upper Sand Creek Lake

8.4 mi 13.5 km • Out and Back • 1,858 ft Ascent 566.25 m Ascent

(5) Westcliffe, CO
Favorite Group of hikers heading to Star Dune
Intermediate/Difficult

Tallest Dunes Out-and-Back

15.3 mi 24.6 km • Loop • 1,810 ft Ascent 551.69 m Ascent

(7) Crestone, CO
Favorite View near the beginning of the Huerfano Trail
Difficult

Mt. Lindsey

8.4 mi 13.5 km • Loop • 3,505 ft Ascent 1068.45 m Ascent

(5) Alamosa…, CO
Favorite Looking east into South Colony Lakes Basin
Intermediate/Difficult

Humboldt Peak

11.2 mi 18.1 km • Out and Back • 4,164 ft Ascent 1269.18 m Ascent

(17) Crestone, CO
Favorite Hiking along the grassy slope toward the ridge. The drainage can be seen to the left.
Intermediate/Difficult

Culebra Peak

14.2 mi 22.8 km • Loop • 4,891 ft Ascent 1490.77 m Ascent

(2) San Luis, CO
Favorite The southern reaches of the Sangre de Cristos from the Auto Route.
Easy

Auto Tour and Nature Trail

3.8 mi 6.1 km • Loop • 36 ft Ascent 10.89 m Ascent

(1) Monte V…, CO

Trails in San Luis Valley - 141

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Trails

4.8 mi 7.8 km #1Willow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
4.8 mi 7.8 km Crestone, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #2Crestone Needle South Face
Extremely Difficult
Crestone, CO
Extremely Difficult
0.6 mi 1.0 km Crestone, CO
3.0 mi 4.9 km #3Mt. Lindsey Trail
Difficult
Alamosa East, CO
Difficult
3.0 mi 4.9 km Alamosa East, CO
2.5 mi 4.0 km #4Cottonwood Pass Trail
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
Intermediate
2.5 mi 4.0 km Crestone, CO
2.9 mi 4.6 km #5Sand Gulch USFS 124
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
2.9 mi 4.6 km Salida, CO
3.5 mi 5.7 km #6Medano Lake Trail
Difficult
Westcliffe, CO
Difficult
3.5 mi 5.7 km Westcliffe, CO
3.4 mi 5.5 km #7Dikes Trail #1389
Intermediate/Difficult
San Luis, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
3.4 mi 5.5 km San Luis, CO
1.2 mi 1.9 km #8Rio Inspire Trail
Easy
Alamosa, CO
Easy
1.2 mi 1.9 km Alamosa, CO
1.0 mi 1.7 km #9Simpson Loop Trail
Easy
Alamosa, CO
Easy
1.0 mi 1.7 km Alamosa, CO
1.0 mi 1.6 km #10Outer Oxbow
Easy
Alamosa, CO
Easy
1.0 mi 1.6 km Alamosa, CO
4.3 mi 6.9 km #11South Colony Lake Approach
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
Intermediate
4.3 mi 6.9 km Crestone, CO
1.6 mi 2.5 km #12Crestone Peak South Face
Extremely Difficult
Crestone, CO
Extremely Difficult
1.6 mi 2.5 km Crestone, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km #13Kit Carson North Ridge
Extremely Difficult
Crestone, CO
Extremely Difficult
1.1 mi 1.8 km Crestone, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km #14Humboldt Peak Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
2.1 mi 3.3 km Crestone, CO
0.9 mi 1.4 km #15Lower Sand Creek Lake Trail
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.4 km Crestone, CO
3.4 mi 5.5 km #16Lily Lake Trail #1308
Intermediate
Alamosa East, CO
Intermediate
3.4 mi 5.5 km Alamosa East, CO
1.0 mi 1.7 km #17Little Bear Peak
Extremely Difficult
Alamosa East, CO
Extremely Difficult
1.0 mi 1.7 km Alamosa East, CO
9.5 mi 15.3 km #18Comanche Trail #746
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
9.5 mi 15.3 km Crestone, CO
5.1 mi 8.1 km #19Venable Trail #347
Intermediate
Westcliffe, CO
Intermediate
5.1 mi 8.1 km Westcliffe, CO
15.5 mi 24.9 km #20Rainbow Trail #1336: Bear Creek to Mears Junction (Methodist M…
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
15.5 mi 24.9 km Salida, CO

Photos of San Luis Valley - 207

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Photos

Hiking up the Phantom Terrace rewards you with phenomenal views of the Sangre de Cristos
Jan 5, 2017 near Crestone, CO
Elk herd, dunes, and Crestone Peaks
Mar 4, 2015 near Crestone, CO
View near the beginning of the Huerfano Trail
Sep 24, 2018 near Alamosa…, CO
Looking east into South Colony Lakes Basin
Jul 22, 2015 near Crestone, CO
Looking west at Crestone Peak and Needle with Upper South Colony Lake below. View from Humboldt Peak west summit ridge.
Jul 20, 2015 near Crestone, CO
Mount Lindsey and the Sangre de Cristo Range
Apr 30, 2015 near San Luis, CO
View of Kit Carson Peak and San Luis Valley.
Jun 18, 2019 near Crestone, CO
At the 3 mile mark.
Sep 29, 2018 near Crestone, CO

Classes & Events Near You

Find More Classes and Events

Shop REI Adventures

Find More REI Adventures


Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking