Penitente Canyon

MODERATE 18 reviews

Penitente Canyon is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Del Norte, Colorado that offers scenic views 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.

5.4 miles
1079 feet

dog friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



This was a great short hike. Something completely different...great rock formations and beautiful views.

We love Colorado and enjoy lots of hiking. This is an amazing trail. There are lots of tangents you can take. Three of my four kids climbed up most anything that could. The views are amazing.

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4 months ago

First hiking and we loved it !Awesome

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10 months ago

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gorgeous views and scenery. Bring Off, lots of bugs on the trail, but honestly it's a bonus, means not well trafficked, and you'll see that when you are up there. I started on the Penitente Canyon route, then finished on Blue Sky, enjoyed having the option.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Thursday, November 06, 2014

What a beautiful place! Easy and relaxing walk.

mountain biking
Monday, May 26, 2014

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Excellent mountain biking here. Fun and technical, similar to Mag 7 or Sovereign in Moab. Ride the A loop clockwise for a warmup. Then go back for a second lap and take Witches Canyon and return on the B loop.

mountain biking
Sunday, May 04, 2014

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Nice little hike up a narrow canyon with interesting rock formations. Saw some climbers, but the cliffs weren't high enough to make it exciting (although I am sure it felt much more exciting at the top of the cliff looking down). From the top, we explored mountain bike trails back to the trail head.

The trail was steep and rough in places, with loose rock and a bit of scrabbling. I wish I had taken a hiking pole to negotiate some of the less knee-friendly areas.