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Aspen Loop Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
The Aspen Loop Trail is a multipurpose trail constructed by the San Juan National Forest and the Four Corners Trail Club with funding from the Forest Service and the Colorado State Trails Program.
Bear Creek Trail (San Juan National Forest) Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
Bear Creek is one of the most isolated and beautiful areas on the Mancos-Dolores Ranger District.
Big Al Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
The trail passes through ponderosa pine, oak and aspen stands to a viewing platform overlooking the West Mancos Canyon. The easily graded gravel trail is handicapped accessible and offers spectacular views of the La Plata Mountains.
Burnett Creek Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This is one of the quickest accesses to the Calico Trail for those able to drive to the actual trailhead.
Calico National Recreation Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
The Calico National Recreational Trail travels south across marshlands, through wooded areas, and uphill to scenic highlands. You can choose several routes via connecting trails for a day hike or an extended backpack.
Calico Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
Today this trail receives light use yet provides some of the best scenic views of the surrounding mountains.
East Fork Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
The trail follows the East Fork of the Dolores River through open parks and spruce-fir forests. Excellent fishing should be found in the river, and the opportunity to see deer, elk, and assorted small game is good.
Fall Creek Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
From road 471, this is perhaps the quickest (though by no means the easiest) ascent to the Calico Trail and the panoramic views visible from there.
Fish Creek Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
The trail follows closely along the banks of Fish Creek through timbered as well as numerous dense growth meadows. Be prepared for several stream and creek crossings.
Geyser Springs Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
The trail passes several historic mining ruins and ends at the only true geyser in Colorado. The water bubbles for about 15 minutes in a small, oblong pool every half hour, emitting sulfur gases.
Goble Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
There are no grand vistas though at one point you do look across to Stoner Mesa. Elk and mule deer are the more prevalent forms of wildlife in the area. Several species of birds also nest in the vicinity.
Gold Run Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
The Gold Run Trail goes down a tributary side canyon into Bear Creek. The trail passes through stands of aspen and spruce. An open park provides vistas of a small portion of the Bear Creek Drainage.
Highline Loop National Recreation Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This trail was designated a National Recreation Trail in 1979. The trail was so designated because of its scenic recreational values.
Horse Creek Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This trail provides access to the Calico Trail and rewards the intrepid hiker with views of the LaPlata and Rico ranges, Lizard Head, Eagle Peak Dunn, Middle, and Dolores Peaks (to name a few).
House Creek Recreation Area Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
Reservations can be obtained through the Reservation Center for some sites. Fishing, walking, mountain bike riding and all kinds of boating activities are possible here.
Johnny Bull Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
The spruce-fir environment and its associated groves of aspen, Douglas fir, juniper, and sedge are interrupted by stream crossings and lush meadows. This is the trail of choice for wildlife sightings.
Knife Edge Trail Mesa Verde National Park Overlook of the Montezuma valley
Little Bear Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
Little Bear Trail provides access to the more heavily used Bear Creek Trail.
Loading Pen Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This trail provides trail access to the lower portions of Taylor Mesa. The trail follows Loading Pen Canyon for a short way before climbing a ridge line to the west and going to the Taylor Mesa Rim.
Mavreeso Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
Mavreeso trail is used by hikers, horseback and trail bikers, as well as hunters to access the popular Nipple Mountain area.
McPhee Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
McPhee Trail runs from PiƱon and Juniper Loops before reaching McPhee Overlook (0.5 mile). Splendid views of the lake and local sandstone cliff formations can be enjoyed all along its route.
Navajo Lake Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
After crossing the West Dolores River 3/4 mile from the trailhead, the trail continues through open meadows, forest and a series of steep switchbacks to join the trail from Woods Lake and then descends into Navajo Basin.
Petroglyph Point Trail Mesa Verde National Park Trail to cliff ruin and petroglyphs
Point Lookout Trail Mesa Verde National Park 360 degree view of Mesa Verde National Park.
Prater Ridge Trail Mesa Verde National Park Longest hiking trail in the park.
Priest Cutoff Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This trail provides an excellent opportunity for a loop day hike from Priest Gulch campground by connecting Priest Gulch Trail and the Calico Trail.
Priest Gulch Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
Trail follows Priest Gulch drainage through lush meadows and forests. The area is secluded and deer/elk viewing is abundant.
Rough Canyon Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
Starting from Roaring Fork Road, the trail follows Roaring Fork Creek to the mouth of Roaring Fork Canyon. The trail passes through a variety of vegetation, aspen, spruce-fir, and small meadows.
Ryman Creek Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
The Ryman Creek Trail generally follows the Ryman Creek drainage; however, one fork of the trail climbs and follows a steep ridge line and then joins the Divide road 564.
Section House Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
The 2,000 foot climb is of a fairly steady nature and for the most part takes the hiker and horseback rider through a lushly vegetated spruce-fir environment.
Sharkstooth Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This trail joins the Highline National Recreation Trail (part of the Colorado Trail) at Bear Creek. The trail begins in a mixed conifer forest and climbs to a rock field above timberline.
Soda Canyon Overlook Trail Mesa Verde National Park Three overlooks to Balcony House
Spring Creek Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
Fishermen as well as hunters use this trail for its access to the Stoner Creek area. The trail passes through meadows and short spurts of aspen vegetation as it goes down the creek.
Stoner Creek Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This trail offers solitude and good fishing in Stoner Creek.
Stoner Mesa Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This well identified trail wanders through aspen forests, small fields, and large meadows.
Tenderfoot Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This is one of the many accesses to the Calico Trail. As with most of the Calico Trail, there are spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys once you reach the intersection.
Twin Spring Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This trail passes through a rich forest of spruce-fir and occasional lush meadows. The forest supports a variety of large and small mammals (bear, elk, marmot), as well as numerous species of birds.
West Mancos Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This trail offers spectacular views of Hesperus Peak as it passes through aspen, spruce, and fir forests. The trail follows West Mancos Canyon upstream for 5.0 miles to the historic mining town of Golconda.
Wildcat Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This hike is long and steep, and water is scarce in the later part of summer once leaving Wildcat Creek.
Winter Trail Mancos-Dolores Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This trail was the main wagon supply route from Dunton to Rico in the early 1900s. Skiers brought the mail in during the winter. The trail is a pleasant and relatively easy walk from the Meadows to Dunton.
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