Best trails in Rio Grande National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado? AllTrails has 45 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 17 hard trails in Rio Grande National Forest ranging from 6.7 to 38.7 miles and from 7,657 to 14,143 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Zapata Falls Trail
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 30 m
The falls were formed when South Zapata Creek wore a groove in the crystalline rocks of the Sangre de Cristos, allowing its water to spill onto the soft alluvial soils below. Over millennia, the creeShow more
#2 - Challenger Point
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 8 h 18 m
A long beautiful hike up to the summit named after the space shuttle Challenger. Follow the signs from the trailhead directing you to Willow Lake. After many switchbacks you will come to Willow Lake,Show more
#3 - Kit Carson Mountain Via Willow Lake Trail
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 9 h 13 m
Kit Carson Mountain Via Willow Lake Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adShow more
#4 - Ellingwood Point via Lake Como Road
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 18.4 mi • Est. 11 h 43 m
From wherever you park along this road, continue on it on foot. The road works its way up several switchbacks before entering the valley floor. Along the way you will pass by several ruins of old buShow more
#5 - Wheeler Geologic Area Road
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 27.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
NOTE: There are 2 ways to get to the top of Wheeler Monument. There is a hike (listed on AllTrails as "Wheeler Trail") and a 4WD road - the listing on this page. This road would be easy for an off-roaShow more
#6 - North Clear Creek Falls Loop
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 7 m
North Clear Creek Falls Loop is a 0.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Creede, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#7 - Lobo Overlook and Continental Divide Trail
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
Lobo Overlook and Continental Divide Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Creede, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is beShow more
#8 - South Crestone Lake Trail
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 5 h 45 m
South Crestone Lake Trail is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Crestone, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, naShow more
#9 - Ruybalid Trail
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 5 h 37 m
Ruybalid Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Antonito, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fShow more
#10 - Bachelor Historic OHV Loop
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 22 mi
Note: As of 12/2019, the loop is closed at the mine on the north entrance, but the south entrance is open for most of the trail. The Bachelor Loop is a gravel road that explores the historic mining Show more
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