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A Hike With History-
Get ready for a little American history of the old West. Take a short walk up to the top of Potter’s Field in the town Glenwood Springs and discover some interesting history of some famous and not-so-famous folks. Besides the memorial of Doc Holliday and Kid Curry, you’ll see markers of those who served in the early wars and even a family of serial killers who ran a hotel. The hike is short, and there are some moderately steep sections, but they are few and you are rewarded with a nice view of the town of Glenwood Springs below.

This trail is rather difficult, I got to the end in about and hour and a half and in total stayed for about 3 hours. It is very touching to see all the memorials for the firefighters that tragically lost their lives.

I recommend doing this hike very early in the morning. I started at about 4:30 am, this way you avoid all the heat during the day.

overall a great hike.

5 days ago

So beautiful! One of my favorite Alpine lakes now. Can’t beat that turquoise water with a mountain backdrop. The road was a little bumpy to the trailhead, but not as bad as I anticipated. My car made it just fine. Lots of cattle on the trail and I saw a terrified adolescent bear cub. Made me kinda sad at how scared he was. :(

8 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. It’s fairly moderate and rolling for the first two thirds, then an uphill climb. If you reach what seems like a fork, take the trial that leads away from the river. It’s quiet, somewhat shaded, and so peaceful. Would definitely do again. Trail ends at the bridge.

Difficult, steep. Great historical significance

Last couple of miles to trailhead were uphill, unpaved and rocky with lots of potholes Trailhead is well marked and there is a parking lot. When we arrived, there were lots of cows all around the start of the hike—lots of cows=lots of cow pies. Long hike to get to lake—we never made it. We stopped an hour in when we passed other hikers who said it was another 1 1/2 hours to the lake. There were some pretty vistas along the way. Was a cloudy, drizzling day so views could have been even better.

Found this randomly by walking down Rio Grande river trail then via alleyways that cut through town. Pretty cool. The graveyard was neat.

11 days ago

This trail is a well kept secret. the trail itself gets pretty narrow, but on the way up you'll pass several interesting areas, like the water treatment facility and abandon mine cart tracks. The hike itself was fairly leisurely and I enjoyed the views. Looking forward to doing this one again in autumn!

Just a quick trek up the hill to a historic cemetery.

Great roadside stop on our way to Moab, UT. 85° day and we started to break a sweat near the top. great view of Glenwood Springs and the valley. there were a dozen or so people on the trail with us. The path is dirt and rock, daily steep up and down. good shoes recommended!

Spoiler Alert.....They aren't sure which grave Doc is in. wha, wha!

Great, easy hike for families and dogs! The kids loved the waterfalls and caves!

awesome single track

Consistent pitch for hiking up and down. Not to strenuous. Hiked up past upper lake and then reversed course. GPS had hike back/forth at 9.5 miles which took 3:30 to complete

did it yesterday. love it!! lakes are refreshing after a long hot hike.

It is a very easy, small hike, and very busy with people traffic. I do agree with other hikers, that it very short distance to spend the day fee just for the hike. Would recommend if you have time to do one of the other trails as well or have a picnic while your here.

Beautiful hike!

small parking lot and not a hike really. However a very pretty area to hangout and relax. Pretty crowded

29 days ago

Nice trail. Sometimes hard to follow. Beautiful aspens and conifers. Some wild flowers, some spots pretty steep. Lots of cow poo...

Great for kids! I recommend earlier to get as much shade as possible.

We did breakfast at Daily Bread in town & did this hike on very full stomachs... just about a perfect combo to maximize kids’ energy/minimize whining.

awesome hike that every fire fighter should experience we followed the trail up and through all the markers then bailed off of helispot 1 into the East drainage and out it added distance and alot more challenge to the trail. also ran into a small black bear below the first set of memorials.

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Lots of diverse wildflowers and trees. The lake is a perfect spot for a picnic lunch. Some small, steeper sections but lots of flat traverses as well.

1 month ago

Very nice hike.

Gorgeous views from the top! The trail doesn’t have a finite ending but the views at the top are stunning! There is a steeper more direct path that goes to the same place at the top but this trail is a winding road going up. We saw lots of wildflowers, a bunny, and some chipmunks on the trail.

1 month ago

Hiked a little over 8 miles round trip. Starts on gravel road past the house. Once you get to the big bridge about four miles up I recommend turning back, unless you just want to hike longer. There is no real end to the hike from what I gather going so far and other reviews. We went a ways past the waterfall/bridge and it’s a pretty steep incline. It’s a pretty trail and places to stop along the river. The trail is a little overgrown in areas, but we wore shorts since it was July and were fine. You’re in the shade a lot.

Very pleasant walk! The waterfalls are stunning and the caves are so much fun to explore! Much worth it!

Very nice hike. Would recommend taking the trail as opposed to the road. The trail is pretty steep but enhances the experience! Great views at the top.

Tough trail, lost footing a couple times, very steep at times. Bear sighting; saw it when I was at the hotshot memorial site across the valley by the lookout point running along the hill. Beautiful hike, great workout!

Awesome views. Worth the trip but more of a walk than a hike

This trail was beautiful, but very poorly maintained. Almost the entire trail has been overgrown, and by the end of the hike, our legs and arms were itchy and scratched. Some parts were so covered in brush, we could barely see our feet. There were also no signs or indication that the trail ended. We hiked a few miles longer without realizing until we checked our Fitbits.

The falls were pretty nice on this short, easy hike. There is a day use fee to come to this area so bring a lunch or something and do the small hike and then relax.

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