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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.
Archuleta Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Archuleta Trail gives access to the western portion of Chama Basin, one of the most scenic and wild places on the Conejos Peak Ranger District. The trail follows Archuleta Creek, climbing steadily but gradually from the Chama River valley.
Bear Creek Trail (Conejos Peak Ranger District) Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Steep cliffs border Bear Creek near its confluence with the Conejos River. The trail climbs to the bench above these cliffs and passes through thick forests of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir and aspen.
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.
Blanca Peak Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The first half of the trail is fairly easy, if not a rather monotonous grind at times. The last half becomes quite steep and rocky. The upper trail is difficult and can be dangerous if care is not given.
Blue Lake Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Located in the South San Juan Wilderness, access is by foot or horse travel only. This scenic lake is heavily used. Brown and brook trout can be caught here.
Canon Rincon Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Canon Rincon is a steep, ridged canyon that drains a spectacular glacial cirque below Conejos Peak. Twin Lakes sit in the cirque, surrounded by subalpine meadows, and can be reached by this trail.
Canon Verde Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Although the ruggedness of Canon Verde may discourage some from taking this path, the splendor of the canyon is well worth the effort.
Chama River Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail follows the Chama River to the confluence of the West and East Forks, where a splendid view of upper Chama Basin is afforded. The terrain is gentle and scenic, offering an easy day hike.
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.
Duck Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Duck Lake Trail is a fairly gentle walk that offers scenic vistas of the Conejos Valley and gives access to several fishing lakes.
El Rito Azul Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The El Rito Azul Trail #718 begins in Three Forks Park and follows El Rito Azul to Blue Lake. The visitor passes through stands of spruce-fire alternating with open meadows. Magnificent views await the visitor at trails end.
Elk Creek Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Elk Creek Trail is popular with hikers, fishermen, and horseback riders and it provides an ideal day hike for those camping at Elk Creek or Old La Manga campgrounds.
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.
Lake Fork Creek Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is a gentle hike along the Lake Fork Creek to Big Lake. The trail then climbs steeply to a saddle between Forest King Mountain and Mammoth Mountain and drops steeply into the community of Platoro.
Los Pinos Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The valley of the Rio de los Pinos ("River of the Pines") is a picturesque glacial valley whose scenery has attracted tourists from afar. The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad passes through the valley below Highway 17.
Massey Gulch Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail passes through an area of old timber harvesting and an area where the aspen forest was killed by a tent caterpillar infestation.
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 Conejos River Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is entirely within the boundaries of the South San Juan Wilderness Area. The trail rises steeply through several switchbacks and then back into a meadow, eventually viewing the Continental Divide.
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.
Notch Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Notch Trail is a fairly strenuous hike as it climbs steeply out of the Conejos River valley.
Red Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Beginning at an elevation of 10,300 feet, the Jarosa Trail follows La Manga Creek through subalpine forest and meadows, passing numerous beaver ponds popular to fishing. The mesa reaches an elevation bordering the alpine and subalpine ecosystems here.
Ruybalid Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Spectacular views of the Conejos Canyon can be seen from many vantage points along the trail.
Sawmill Gulch Trail (Conejos Peak Ranger District) Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
A pleasant day hike which offers spectacular views along the way. An excellent area for picnics and mountain scenery exists at the trail's end.
Sheep Creek Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Sheep Creek drainage has several unique features which make Trail #735 attractive to day hikers. It shows two examples of ecological succession, one following fire and one following an insect infestation.
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.
South Zapata Creek Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail begins at the Zapata Falls parking lot, and proceeds up South Zapata Creek to South Zapata Lake. There are several ruins of cabins along South Zapata Lake Trail to view.
Spectacle Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Spectacle Lake trail provides an ideal day hike for those camping at the Spectacle Lake and Conejos Campgrounds.
Three Forks Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trailhead starts from the parking area at the end of Forest Development Road # 247.
Timber Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Timber Lake lies on the plateau between Canon Rincon and Hansen Creek. From the Timber Lake Trail one is afforded striking views into the depths of Canon Rincon.
Tobacco Lake Trail (#715) Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
At one time the trail went to Tobacco Lake, but a portion of the trail was destroyed during timber sale operations in the area. The trail follows Lake Fork Creek, and the visitor will pass a series of pleasant cascades.
Tobacco Lake Trail (#719) Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Tobacco Lake Trail is one route that visitors can follow to climb Conejos Peak.
Valdez Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a lightly used trail. Water is not available along this trail.
Valle Victoria Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Valle Victoria Trail provides access to the high country between Elk Creek and the South Fork of the Conejos River. This area is characterized by numerous lakes and interspersed subalpine meadows and forests.
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.
Zapata Falls Area Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This hike is not for everyone. Be prepared to climb a short ladder, get your feet wet in cold water and balance on slippery rocks.
Zapata Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trailhead for Zapata is about 3/4 mile inside the forest boundary and it can be used to access California Peak. From the ridgetop where the trail ends one can see vistas of the Huerfano and San Luis Valleys.
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