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Colorado River and River Run Trail

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Grand Lake, Colorado

Colorado River and River Run Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 269 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Cross country skiing

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

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Getting There

The Colorado River Trail is a trail that starts near the Grand Lake Golf Course and ends at the Colorado River. There are many short but exciting singletrack bike trails that crisscross the Colorado River Trail, making an endless number of loops that can be done in this trail network. Please Note: The trails are available on a seasonable basis. During the winter months they are used for the Nordic Center skiing and snowshoeing trails and a trail fee is required.

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Reviews (141)
Photos (58)
Recordings (108)
Completed (197)
Lori Black
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Hiking

Just keep following River Trail. Sad to see burnt area, but the Colorado River is worth it!

Chris Frisco
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Hiking

Sandy and barren. Many downed trees. The Colorado was nice to wade in.

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Natan Brownstein
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Wouldn’t recommend. A tremendous amount of switch backs, not much in terms of views. But the most challenging part is that it intersects with so many trails that it’s easy to get lost.

Michael R
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Mountain biking

Great ride. Watch out for the moose

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Paul McMullen
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HikingBugsMuddy

Saw a moose and lots of deer on a late evening hike.

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Kristen Bedell
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Hiking

The hike itself is fine, There are several pretty views and varied terrain so you don’t get bored. However, the hike as presented in the map section of this app is almost impossible to follow (why I’m giving it 2 stars). If you want to fully enjoy these trails I suggest getting a map that is specific to the trails in this area and don’t even bother following the map guidance in this app.

Jeff Woerner
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Hiking

Easy to moderate trail. Very nice bridge and river access at the turnaround. The river trail is currently well marked. phone service and nav works well in the area. No trouble with navigation.

Michael R
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Mountain biking

This place is a maze, but I like it. Download the all trail map if you want to make it to the river first try and pay close attention at the many many forks and intersections. It took me three trys to get to the river (but I wasn’t honestly trying that hard, you can make it first try if you pay close attention) In three rides here I’ve seen two red foxes, a moose, elk, and deer all up close (5-50 feet away)

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Holly Russell
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A lovely hike. It takes about 0.5 miles to get into the lovely part. The lakes were lovely. We took our 4 girls ages 7-11 and added the mouse meander addition. They loved the Colorado River. The ending was not well marked and we ended up wandering a bit more. If you are looking for a hike to get your kids in bed asleep by 7 pm...this is the one for you!

Aly Fantauzzo
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Hiking

Did this last week as an easy just for fun hike. It wasnt too bad, we just couldnt figure out the loop and ended up having to trace our steps back to get to our car.

Haley Lucero
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Hiking

Had a wonderful time with the pups. Many trails in the area prohibit dogs so we tried this trail out. Burned trees in the beginning (beautiful in its own way) but also a beautiful series of lily pad lakes. Many options to wonder and explore. Mountain View’s too!

Kristen White
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HikingNo shade

I loved this trail! There are now signs up for the “River Trail”, which is the trail you want to follow. Burn scarred in the first half mile then much nicer, but definitely not super well shaded. A great ending with a bridge, picnic table, and easy access to the river

Robert Johnson
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Hiking

I would not recommend. Even with the app, it’s very confusing. Not very attractive with all the dead and cut trees for the first half. Easy to get off track and we never got to the river. Signs for River Walk and back to Trail Parking are good, but sometimes confusing. Have to watch for mountain bikes. However, we did see a moose up close.

Brandon Eubank
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Hiking

What an annoying rats nest of trails. I’ve never had such a hard time keeping a path. Download the app or walk in circles for hours. Little lakes were beautiful. I bet this was a lot nicer before the fire came through.

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Jillian Avery
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Hiking

The trail is a bit of a loop de loop. There was an aggressive moose and her baby so part of the loop was closed off. A fire came through and burned out parts of the vegetation. This is a nice easy walk/hike with little shade. At the half point you come to the Colorado River and it’s beautiful and fun for the pup to play in. Easy and fun walk just to get out. Super sunny, a few marshes you’ll walk around with lily pads.

Boysen Berry
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Hiking

So many different route options! Bring a map or know the trails.

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Paige Becker
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Hiking

mother moose and her calf are nearby so be aware, but not very muddy, signs are easy to follow and trail is in good condition. great scenery!

Layna Furze
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Hiking

Not bad if you're looking for a stroll. Pretty ponds and some views of very distant mountains. It's a nice walk.

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Julia Mills
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Julia Mills
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Dog friendly for the most part. Bring your snowshoes in March!

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Amber Kimball
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Hiking

There has been a fire here.

Ellen Hinze
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Do not hike this trail. Only hike this trail if you want a rude man to drive past and threaten to call the sheriff on you when there are no trail closed signs posted. Come back in ten years or so.

Alex Callaway
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This trail looks terrible. I understand now there was a fire and it’s very apparent. Do not waste your time walking through the dirt and ash this year.

Ryan Brock
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Hiking

What wasn't damaged by the beetle kill mitigation project is now sadly burned due to the "Golf Course Fire" in late June early July 2018. It will hopefully be a great area to hike in less then 10 years.

Sandy Lochhead-Price
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Hiking

We drove to the trailhead and it was closed due to a 20 acre forest fire. It was devastating to see. Hope to try again in the future.

Brent Newbanks
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Hiking

Great little trail that saves the best for last. I agree the damage from beetle kill is distracting, but being able to take your dog along makes up for it. We saw a moose hanging out by the lakes, which offered great photo opportunities.

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