Colorado River Trail

MODERATE 51 reviews

Colorado River Trail is a 4.4 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.

4.4 miles
223 feet

dog friendly


cross country skiing



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


trail running






wild flowers




The Colorado River Trail is an out and back 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.

5 months ago

All the trails are surrounded by dead or cut down trees. Not an interesting hike at all.

5 months ago

good trail. mountain biking. lots of options

6 months ago

It's a nice mild hike, nothing too steep or too hazardous. There's a lot of criss-crossing trails to choose from, we followed the River Trail, which has a nice payoff. It seemed like there were a lot of cars in the parking lot, but we only ran into two people and a family of mountain bikers. Downside: there is a lot of fallen timber & logging, and swaths of it are kinda depressing to see. Saw two deer, plenty of chipmunks, but no moose or bears.

6 months ago

Fun, but not for family. Lots of rocks

7 months ago

Nice hike but due to the pine beetle - significant tree damage along hike. Ending spot is nice place on the river.

7 months ago

The trail was in amazing shape and really well maintained, so if this review was just based on that I would give it 5 stars! However, there were sooo many downed trees that it looked like you were walking through some sort of post apocalyptic movie scene. For that reason I can only give it 3 stars.

7 months ago

Horrible trail. They are logging everything down around this trail but no sign anywhere telling you this. Not great views whatsoever

7 months ago

Great hike! Signs everywhere to help guide you. Fairly easy trails. There are lots of resting spots with benches and views. The river of course the best part, great place to grab some grub. Great for dogs. Found it to be lightly trafficked, always that noontime though gets busy.

8 months ago

Good level trail. Some sections are closed due to logging activity. Saw no wildlife today.

8 months ago

Lots of beautiful ponds to hike around, great for kids and dogs. Not difficult with lots of signage, but easy to get turned around as there are lots of trails and logging roads. Ends near the Colorado River with some nice views.

11 months ago

Don't try this in winter... as far as I can tell the trail is not used in winter but does intersect with trails groomed by the nordic center. We snowshoed a short while following some other tracks and when we came back a grumpy nordic center employee drove to the trailhead to tell us we should have brought a trail pass. Not the best experience.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

great trail to take dogs on. some signs are kind of vague. bring plenty of water.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A great easy hike with several elk. The Red Mtn. trail was tougher and mostly uphill, but the nature was worth it, so was the gorgeous creek!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Avoid the crowds by hiking up Red Mtn. To pick up this junction, head out along CO River Trail for about .3 mi., hike through the meadow, then start your climb.

The Red Mtn trail could be quite wet under other circumstances, but mid July offered good conditions. The Red Mtn trail features a steady climb up through a beautiful new growth forest. Higher up, the trees open for great views. Also, higher up on the trail, several dark water ponds add interest to the hike. We started the hike mid day so had to turn around after several hrs to beat the typical approaching afternoon rain.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Beautiful marshes blending into lily pad ponds reminiscent of monet's paintings! The trail can often be confusing, leaden with signs which seem to only make it more confusing. The forest is thick and beautiful yet also paranoia inducing. Large boulders, fallen logs and a carved wooden bear all make for small heart attacks :). Keep an eye out for moose as you most definitely will see one or two. Early June towards the end of summer is a dangerous time for moose encounters, as often the mom is rearing babies. Be careful, I cannot stress this enough, moose are not afraid to stomp your head in!!!!!! Keep talking somewhat loudly throughout the hike to avoid spooking anything. Other than that, a simply gorgeous hike that keeps the mind and body in constant movement!

Sunday, October 04, 2015


mountain biking
Thursday, July 24, 2014

A little bit rocky and technical on beginning of single track. Once you get further into trail, you can join up with double track which makes for a more enjoyable experience. The trail takes you to a beautiful spot right next to river with benches and bridge crossing.

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

By itself, the Colorado River Trail is not particularly exciting. It is mostly flat, and has both single track and double track. However, it is crisscrossed by many loops and sections of single track bike trails. All intersections are marked with both the name of the loop and the difficulty, ranging from easy to most difficult. Not many views because you are in the forest the whole time, but the riding is very fun.

4 months ago

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