Durango, Colorado

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  • Durango, Colorado

    Hike the Colorado Trail: Little Molas Lake to Lime Creek

    5.0
    10 mi / 755 ft gain
    To hike this section of the Colorado Trail, you'll begin from the Little Molas Lake Campground at around 10,895-ft. Little Molas Lake Campground is about 1 mile off of US Highway 550 on Molas Pass just North of and on the other side of the highway from the Molas Overlook, which is just South of S...
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Hike the Spruce Canyon Trail

    5.0
    3.1 mi / 754 ft gain
    The Spruce Canyon trail is very well taken care of. The trail begin with a descent into Spruce Tree Canyon and then follows a stream for 3/4 of a mile before climbing a side canyon back up to the ridge. The trailhead is located on the Chapin Mesa within Mesa Verde National Park. The trail is open...
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Hike the Petroglyph Point Trail

    4.0
    2.7 mi / 698 ft gain
    Pick up a trail brochure for information on the interpretive signs. There are some steep and narrow portions of the trail, so make sure everyone in your party is of able physical capability. 
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Explore the Far View Sites Complex

    4.5
    0.75 mi
    The Far View Community is located four miles north of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. In around 800 AD, the Ancestral Pueblo people lived in this area for several centuries. They mostly farmed the mesa tops, but were also hunters. It was one of the most densely populated regions of Mesa Ver...
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Hike to Long House and Step House at Mesa Verde National Park

    5.0
    3 mi / 130 ft gain
    This is a great opportunity to see two historic cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park within a relatively short period of time. Schedule your day around getting tickets to Long House, then taking a bit of a side trek to the Step House when you have the time. The tour begins at the Weatherhi...
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Hike Nordenskiold Site No. 16 Trail

    2 mi
    This two mile round-trip trail leaves from the information kiosk near Long House and Step House, and leads through and area severely burned by the 2000 Pony Fire.  There's no shade on this trail, so if you are doing it during the hotter months, be sure to bring a lot of water and sun protection. ...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Camp at South Mineral Campground

    4.8
    Some general notes: South Mineral Campground does not take reservations - all sites are first come first served. There are an assortment of designated areas along South Mineral Road where dispersed camping is allowed so there is plenty of camping in the canyon on all but the busiest days, but y...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Backpack to Island Lake

    5.0
    8 mi / 3000 ft gain
    From the Ice Lakes basin Trailhead, this 8 mile round trip trail with 3000 feet of elevation gain will bring you to the Ice Lakes Basin with an abundance of beautiful lakes, especially Island Lake and Ice Lake. We camped on a little shelf above Island Lake, but you can camp anywhere you find a ni...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Upper Ice Lake

    5.0
    6.74 mi / 2464 ft gain
    From the Ice Lakes trailhead begin hiking through a meadow that quickly enters the forest and begins to climb. The trail will climb ~1,600 feet in the next two miles. As the trail climbs there is a scenic waterfall just over .5 miles, it is worth it to scamper up for a closer look (at ~1.0 miles ...
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  • Silverton, Colorado

    Fly Fish the Animas River

    4.0
    While the Animas River runs for miles in the San Juan National Forest, a beautiful (and accessible) stretch runs right through Silverton, CO. Here, you can fish, hike, or chill. The river is fast with very few pockets for the trout to hide; however, if you search around enough, you'll find a fish...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Explore Clear Lake

    5.0
    The road to Clear Lake offers wonderful views of the South Fork Mineral Creek, and the San Juan Mountains. Some people make the 9-mile round-trip hike with 2,600 feet of elevation gain, others drive as far as their vehicle will allow and hike from there, and some make the drive all the way up. It...
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  • Ophir, Colorado

    Drive Ophir Pass

    4.5
    8 mi / 2500 ft gain
    Ophir Pass (el. 11,114’), officially known as Forest Service Road #630, is one of the easiest of the high alpine trails in the San Juan mountains, but still can provide trouble to the inexperienced or when bad weather is present, particularly on the western/Ophir downhill side. The pass and road ...
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  • San Miguel County, Colorado

    Mystic Falls

    4.2
    2.39 mi / 138 ft gain
    I've been visiting Telluride, CO for the last 20 years, and I'd never once heard of this place. Mystic Falls is not marked on any map I've ever seen. And even some locals seem to have never heard of it. So I feel like I lucked out on this last trip to Telluride when a friend found a blog post and...
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  • Telluride, Colorado

    Explore Alta Ghost Town

    5.0
    0.5 mi
    Alta Ghost Town is located about 10 miles from Telluride on Alta Lakes Road. Take the rugged dirt road approximately 2 miles until the ghost town appears on the left. Hike up the short trail to view the remnants of the old mining town with many of the buildings still standing, including the impre...
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  • Telluride, Colorado

    Alta Lakes Dispersed Camping

    4.7
    Note: Camping is permitted around the lake. There are approximately 20 undeveloped campsites. For more information, head to the US Forest Service website. Camping Facilities20 campsites that are completely undevelopedCamping is permitted at only the designated campsitesPortable toilets are avail...
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  • Silverton, Colorado

    Photograph Moose of the Animas River

    Between the city of Silverton and prior to reaching the ghost town of Animas Forks a wonderful area of alpine beaver ponds that are teaming with trout, many species of ducks, beavers, and moose.  Along the forest road in the early morning and evening many moose can be easily seen from the road wa...
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