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Adams Fork Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is well suited for day hiking or overnight use. It is relatively easy and provides access to the South San Juan Wilderness.
Bear Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The first mile is quite steep and numerous switchbacks. At about 10,500 feet, the trail becomes less steep and vistas of the Saddle Creek Valley and the mountains beyond can be seen.
Big Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
There is little outstanding scenery along the trail, but it is a pleasant experience, with many wildflowers during the summer. The trail is recommended for the more experienced hiker.
Continental Divide - Blue Lake to Elwood Pass Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Visitors will be rewarded with spectacular vistas in all directions. Due to the exposed nature of most of this trail, extremely close watch should be kept on weather conditions.
Continental Divide - Cumbres Pass to Blue Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a short segment of the entire Continental Divide Trail but the terrain differs considerably from that of most of the divide.
Crater Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a wonderful, though moderately strenuous day hike. The trail starts in a forest and climbs above timberline to the Continental Divide. Spectacular views abound here.
Hidden Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail ascends the northern slope of the Conejos Canyon where a panoramic view of the Conejos River Valley and the Elk Creek drainage can be seen.
Medano Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Medano Lake Trail begins just below Medano Pass. Starting in stand of spruce-fir, the trail rises moderately as it follows Medano Creek to Medano Lake. Medano Creek and Medano Lake offer the visitor good fishing possibilities.
Middle Fork Conejos River Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail follows the edge of an alpine meadow and offers a spectacular view of the Continental Divide with a glacial valley in the foreground.
No Name Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The No Name Trail passes through wide subalpine meadows before reaching No Name Lake. The lake, set in a wide subalpine valley, supports trout and is a picturesque location for fishing, camping, and enjoying other backcountry activities.
North Fork South Zapata Creek Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a steep trail in very poor condition. This trail starts in dense forest and terminates above timberline.
Silver Mountain Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail passes through stands of every type of tree found on the Conejos Peak District. Beautiful vistas can be seen from the trail as it passes by Silver Mountain.
South Fork Conejos River Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The South Fork Trail is a well traveled and easily followed trail providing access to the spectacular South Fork Conejos Canyon.
West Chama Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The West Chama Trail provides access to upper Chama Basin, an area of virgin spruce-fir forests surrounding steep and colorful volcanic cliffs. Waterfalls tumbling over the cliffs can be seen from almost any vantage point.
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