North Backbone Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

North Backbone Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salida, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

8.1 miles 944 feet Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking


trail running

horseback riding

wild flowers

North Backbone is the longest trail on the Arkansas Hills Trail System north of Salida, Colorado. It is good all year round for various activities such as biking, hiking, horseback riding, or snowshoeing. This trail connects with a larger system of trails.

8 months ago

My daughter (11) and I walked the trail from the beginning into town and my wife picked us up. Nice scenery all the way and the trail was well marked. Not too steep - just right.

1 year ago

Great hike with nice views of the mountains. The only problem is that from the roadside trailhead you are actually starting at the top of the trail which means it's all uphill on your way back. I would recommend starting with one of the other trails closer to town and then transitioning to this.

4 years ago

This trail is mostly for mountain biking, but it is still a great hike. There are some panoramic views of the 14ers to the west of Salida. As somebody who does a little mountain biking, I would say this trail is not for beginners; it's a little rough in some spots. If you start your hike on CR 175 (Ute Trail) and work your way south, this trail connects with a whole system of trails (Arkansas Hills Trail System) to make your adventure as long as you want. All the trails on this system are well maintained and I love hiking them all!