Monarch Spur Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salida, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The trail begins at the intersection of Front Street (runs alongside the Arkansas River) and G Street in Salida. There is public parking downtown at the beginning of the trail.
This is an easy bike ride from the Arkansas River to the west side of town (on Hwy 50). The trail is paved the whole way and has a gentle uphill trend. There is a fun dog park halfway up this trail if you happen to be walking your dog. This trail ultimately gives a more direct route to Wal-Mart from downtown without having to go on the highway.