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Day Hiking Trails List

Trip Name / Links to Descriptions 1-Way (mi) Rise (ft) Difficulty
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Trail System. (Colorado Parks & Wildlife.) CP&W webpage. CP&W brochure.      
Bartlett Trail #1310. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 12.1 +3,580 Moderate
Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management.) BLM webpage. BLM map.
See description 11 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
     
Big Cottonwood Route. (Not on USFS map.) Trails.com webpage.
See description "Big Cottonwood Route" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 12 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails. 
5.0 +4,000 Strenuous
Brush Creek North Trail #1356. USFS webpage.
See description "North Brush Creek Trail #1356" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
8.8 +3,100 Easy
Brush Creek South Trail #1355. USFS webpage.
See description "South Brush Creek Lake Trail #1355" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
7.0 + approach +3,100 Moderate
Bushnell Lakes Trail #1402. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "22 Fremont County: Bushnell Peak" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
See description 27 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
5.5 + approach +2,532 Strenuous
Cañon City Recreational Trail System. (Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District.) CCARPD webpage. Walk-Ride Colorado webpage/map.
See descriptions 1 and 9 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
Cascade Trail #1303.
See description "Cascade Creek Trail #1303" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
3.6 + approach +1,200  
Cisneros Trail #1314. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 10.4 +2,280 Moderate
Colony North Trail #1340. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "North Colony Lakes Trail #1340" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 23 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.  
3.8 + approach +1,850 Moderate
Colony South Trail #1339. USFS trail webpage. USFS basin webpage.
See chapter "21 Custer County: East Crestone Peak; Saguache County: Crestone Peak" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
See description "South Colony Lakes Trail #1339 / Crestone Needle, Crestone Pk, Humboldt Pk" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 21 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.  
3.8 +640 Moderate
Commanche Trail #1345. USFS webpage. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (H). Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 14ers.com webpage.
See chapter "Comanche - Venable Loop" under "Classic Hikes" in Westcliffe Publishers book Colorado Above Treeline.
See description "Commanche Trail #1345" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 13 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
5.1 +2,620 Moderate
Cottonwood Trail #1344. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "Cottonwood Creek Trail #1344" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 14 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
3.3 + approach +2,240 Moderate
Crossover Trail #1352. USFS webpage. 5.6 + approach -1,359  
Cucharas Canyon Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management.) BLM webpage. BLM map.      
Deer Haven Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management.) BLM webpage. BLM map.      
Dome Rock Trail #1387. USFS webpage. OhRanger.com Davenport Loop webpage. 2.1 + approach -1,120  
Dry Creek Trail #1343. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "Dry Lakes Trail #1343" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
3.4 + approach +2,620 Strenuous
Garden Park Fossil Area Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management.) BLM webpage. Garden Park Fossil Area website.
See description 2 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
     
Garner Creek Trail #752. (Most of this trail is in ORIC's Alamosa Region.) USFS webpage.
See description "Garner Creek Trail #752" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
5.7   Moderate
Goodwin Trail #1346. (Line and name but no number on USFS map.) USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "Goodwin Lakes Trail #1346" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 15 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
3.5 + approach +2,000 Strenuous
Greenhorn Trail #1316. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "24 Pueblo County: Greenhorn Mountain" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
7.8 +3,880 Moderate
Hermit Lake Trail #1353. (Not on USFS map.)
See description 16 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
     
Horn Creek Trail #1342. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "Horn Lakes Trail #1342" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 17 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
4.6 +2,420 Strenuous
Horn Peak Trail #1362. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 3.0 + approach +4,050 Strenuous
Horse Ranch Trail #1397. USFS webpage. 3.3 +2,700 Strenuous
Huerfano Trail #1307.
See description "Huerfano Trail #1307" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
4.43 955  
Huerfano Valley Trail -- Mount Lindsey Approach. (Not on USFS map.)
See description "Huerfano Valley Trail -- Mount Lindsey Approach" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
2.0 +260 Easy
Hunts Lake Trail #1405. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.  9.5 including approach +2,500  
Lakes of the Clouds Trail #1349. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "Lakes of the Clouds Trail #1349 & #1351" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 18 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
4.2 + approach +2,300 Easy
Lake Pueblo State Park Trail. System. (Colorado Parks & Wildlife.) CP&W brochure.      
Lewis Creek Trail #1329. (#1331 on USFS map.) USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 5.0    
Lily Lake Trail #1308. Wildernet webpage.
See description "Lily Lake Trail #1308" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
3.5 +1,760 Moderate to Strenuous
Lion Canyon Trail #1329. (#329 on USFS map.) USFS webpage. 2.14 +1,520 Moderate
Macey Trail #1341. USFS webpage.
See chapter "43 Macey Falls" in FalconGuides book Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado.
See description "Macey Lakes Trail #1341" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 3 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
3.8 + approach +2,620 Easy
Marble Mountain Trail #1338. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "Marble Mountain Trail #1338 / Marble & White Marble Hall Caves" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 26 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
1.7 + approach +1,700 Moderate
Mason Gulch Trail #1363. No information available. In the Wet Mountains off Colorado 96 and Forest Road #388.      
Millset Trail #1317. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 5.2 +3,160 Moderate
Music Pass Trail #1337. examiner.com webpage.
See description "Music Pass Trail #1337 / Sand Creek Lakes" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 19 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails. 
1.2 +1,030 Easy
Newlin Creek Trail #1335. USFS webpage.
See chapter "33 Newlin Creek Trail" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado.
See description 5 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
2.7 +1,360 Easy
North Creek Trail #1325. USFS webpage. 2.8 -1,400  
North Taylor Trail #1348. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "North Taylor Trail #1348" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 20 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
2.4 +2,320 Moderate
Oak Ridge Trail #1323. No information available. In the Wet Mountains off Colorado 165 and Forest Road #383.      
Oil Well Flats Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management.) BLM webpage. BLM map.      
Pole Creek Trail #1398. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.   6.0 +2,720 Strenuous
Pole Gulch Route. (Not on USFS map.)
See description "Pole Gulch Route" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
2.0 + approach -1,300
Pueblo, City of, Trail System. River trail system map. Pueblo Bicycle & Trails Map. Pueblo West Bike and Trails Map.      
Pueblo Mountain Park Trail System. Park trails webpage.      
Rattler Park Trail. (Not on USFS map.)
See description "Rattler Park Trail" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
1.6 + approach +1,670  
Rainbow Trail sections below are listed in west to east order. (Total trail is length about 100 miles.)
Rainbow Trail #1336 - Methodist Mountain Trailhead east to Bear Creek Trailhead. USFS webpage. Westbound, trail continues into the Buena Vista Region.
See description "Rainbow Motorized Trail #1336" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 10 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
5.0    
Rainbow Trail #1336 - Bear Creek Trailhead east to Kerr Gulch Trailhead. USFS webpage.
See description "Rainbow Motorized Trail #1336" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 10 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
     
Rainbow Trail #1336 - Kerr Gulch Trailhead at Stout Creek east to Big Cottonwood Trailhead. USFS webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See description "Rainbow Motorized Trail #1336" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 10 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
13.5 -1,240 Moderate
Rainbow Trail #1336 - Big Cottonwood Trailhead east to Medano Pass.
See chapter "44 Crystal Falls (at Westcliffe)" in FalconGuides book Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado.
See description "Rainbow Motorized Trail #1336" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 10 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
     
Red Canyon Park Trail System.
See description 6 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
     
Rudolph Mountain Trail #1327. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 6.4 +1,680 Strenuous
San Carlos Trail #1320. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 1.6 +800 Easy
Santana Trail #1313. USFS webpage. 6.0 + approach +3,200 Moderate
Second Mace Access Trail / Second Mace Trail #1322.  USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. OhRanger.com Davenport Loop webpage. 7.9 +3,880 Moderate
Section 13 Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management.) BLM webpage. BLM map.      
Seep Springs Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management.) BLM webpage. BLM map.
Shelf Road and GulchesTrail System. (Bureau of Land Management.) BLM webpage. BLM map.
See descriptions 7 and 8 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
     
Silver Circle Trail #1328. No information available. In the Wet Mountains off Colorado 165 and Forest Road #383.      
Silver Lake Trail #1354 and Forest Road #198. USFS webpage.
See description "Clorverdale Basin Trails & FR #198" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
7.0 +3,500 Moderate
Snowslide Trail #1318. USFS webpage. summitpost.org webpage. 5.7 +2,780 Moderate
South Apache Trail #1311. USFS webpage. visitUSA.com webpage.
See chapter "45 Apache Falls" in FalconGuides book Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado.
4.3 + approach +2,300 Strenuous
South Creek Trail #1321. USFS webpage. 7.3 +2,260 Strenuous
Squirrel Creek Trail #1384. USFS webpage. OhRanger.com Davenport Loop webpage.  
St. Charles Trail #1326. USFS webpage. 8.71 +2,000
Stanley Creek Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management.)
See description "BLM Stanley Creek Area" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
     
Stout Lakes Trail #1403. USFS webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See description 27 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
5.0 + approach +3,561 Strenuous
Strawberry Route #1305.
See description "Huerfano Trail #1307" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
     
Stultz Trail #1334. USFS webpage.
See description 22 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails. 
5.72 +1,400  
Swift Trail #1351. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 14ers.com webpage.
See description "Lakes of the Clouds Trail #1349 & #1351" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
     
Tanner Peak Trail #1333 and #1332. USFS webpage. summitpost.org webpage.
See description 28 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
9.0 +1,900 Moderate
Temple Canyon Trail. ColoradoGuy.com webpage. Dinosaurs of Garden Park and Fremont Stones 'n Bones webpage.
See description 24 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
    Moderate to Strenuous
Texas Creek Trail #1350.
See description "Texas Creek Trail #1350" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 29 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails. 
3.2 + approach +2,303
Texas Creek Travel Management Area Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management.) BLM webpage. BLM map.      
Thompson Mountain Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management and State of Colorado.) summitpost.org webpage.
See chapter "32 Thompson Mountain" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado.
     
Trail #1364. No information available. In the Wet Mountains off Colorado 96 and Forest Road #388      
Turkey Creek Trail #1315. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 3.9 + approach +1,160 Moderate
Turkey Rock Recreation Area Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management.) BLM webpage. BLM map.      
Ute Trail #1306. 3.38 + approach +336  
Venable Trail #1347. USFS webpage. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (H). 14ers.com webpage.
See chapter "Comanche - Venable Loop" under "Classic Hikes" in Westcliffe Publishers book Colorado Above Treeline.
See chapter "42 Venable Falls" in FalconGuides book Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado.
See description "Venable Lakes Trail #1347" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 25 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
5.9 +2,000 Moderate
Wachob Trail #1319. (Line but no number on USFS map.) USFS webpage. 1.0 +140 Easy
Zapata Trail / Raspberry Canyon Trail #853. USFS webpage.
See description "Zapata Trail #853" on south map of Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
5.4    
       

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