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Description - If technical rock climbing is your type of adventure, then Penitente Canyon may have what
you want. The canyon is known for its nearly 300 world class technical rock climbing routes.
Other attractions include trout fishing in La Garita Creek and primitive camping.

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Filed By: Kevin Wood (Breckenridge, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great mountain biking trails; in the RMA and surrounding area - many more than on maps (so exploration is recommended and and route-finding skills are useful). Trails range from dirt roads to doubletrack, primitive, singletrack and barely defined; with terrain from smooth firm tracks to loose rocks & ledges. Lots of ups & downs, but in the RMA no climbs longer than around 500 verts at a time - though more to be found farther west (try Little LaGarita Creek trail). Also nearby are spectacular Eagle Rock, La Ventana natural arch and Hell Gate - all accessible by bike and with lots of good and varied riding to and from and nearby. Many trails in the area immediately adjacent to the RMA are maintained (with new being added) by Larry White at the nearby LaGarita Creek Ranch (www.lagarita.com). Their emphasis is on horses, but they are biker-friendly and happy to allow riders on the trails on their land as long as they behave appropriately. When we were staying at the ranch last weekend, Larry provided lots of info and maps he has customized & printed.

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Contact Information:
Penitente Canyon Recreation Management Area, 1921 State Ave. , Alamosa, CO, 81101, Phone: 719-589-4975

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Dolores River Recreation Management Area - Official agency website


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