The trail is well-maintained and heavily used by foot and horse traffic. The trail functions mainly as an access route into Sand Creek from the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Range. It is especially scenic at the top of Music Pass, allowing views of the Wet Mountains to the east and Sand Creek to the west.
The trail starts at a relatively easy pace and gets progressively steeper to the ridgeline
Directions from Highway 69: Less than 6 miles south of Westcliffe on Highway 69 turn right onto County Road 119 and continue due south for miles on the paved road for 5-6 miles. At the junction, turn left on the gravel road and continue following County Road 119 south for about five miles. Shortly after entering the National Forest is the southern trailhead for The Rainbow Trail and the beginning of the 1 1/2 mile four-wheel drive portion of the road. The trailhead is at the end of the road.
Memorial Day Weekend through Mid-October .