Hike the Dillon Pinnacles Trail

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Distance

4 Miles

Elevation Gain

300 Feet

Activities

Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Katie Lyons

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Lake
Scenic

This short hike provides excellent photography opportunities and amazing views of one of the most iconic geologic structures in the Gunnison Valley as well as Blue Mesa Reservoir.

The Dillon Pinnacles are a geologic phenomenon of southern Colorado. Volcanic eruptions formed the breccia rock into towering spires above the Sapinero Basin of Blue Mesa Reservoir. This packed dirt trail starts at about 7500 feet and climbs to a max elevation of 7800 feet. The four mile out-and-back path is a good choice for families looking for a day hike.

Photo opportunities are everywhere along this trail. Sagebrush and Ponderosa pines line the edge of the winding trail, while deer and bighorn sheep can be seen grazing in the distance. The trail progresses closer to the pinnacles which allows landscape photographers to capture the looming formation up close. Signs are posted along the trail to explain how the rocks came to be. These are an especially good learning opportunity for families looking to teach their children a lesson about the natural world.

On the way back, be sure to take pictures of the largest body of water in Colorado: Blue Mesa Reservoir. If you look beyond the reservoir, you can also see the snow capped San Juan mountains (home to several 14ers) in the distance.

Whether you're an aspiring geologist, nature photographer, or family, the Dillon Pinnacles Trail is sure to inspire with its natural phenomena and incredible views.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Distance

4 Miles

Elevation Gain

300 Feet

Activities

Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Katie Lyons

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