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Piedra Ice Fissures Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pagosa Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 528 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Snow
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Benjamin Davis
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Christen Tipton
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Trail was great! A little uphill on the way in but easy enough for my elementary age kids to do it. We found a trail off to the right up to the rocks and found the coolest cave! Don’t miss it. The view at the end is worth the hike!

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Stephen Jones
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Short hike with great views. Clear trail yesterday and the kids thought the crevices were awesome.

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Jill Bright
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Jamie Park
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Great scenery! The ice fissures are truly extensive if you take a moment to get off the path. The escarpment at the end is gorgeous!

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Joseph Joseph Rainer
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Doug Nolte
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We walked up the trail on the right (not the River Trail) and found the fissures, which were totally unique! We continued the climb to the cliff edge where we had amazing views of the river valley below. On the final part of the loop there was a family of otters playing in the river below. Wonderful hike on a September afternoon!

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Sarah User
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Clay Ewing
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Chris Pohlman
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Take the upper trail, it’s amazing. Absolutely stunning views of the river valley.

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Andrew Ostapko
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Dale Bullough
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Natalia Thompson
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Stunning views from the upper trail.

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Kyle Cail
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Sarah Foley
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Amazing trail! At trail head it doesn’t say “ice fissures” but take the right fork up instead of the piedra River trail left and you’ll come upon them maybe 1 mile up on the left of the trail. When you see the uprooted tree upside down in a small fissure, go left off the trail and you’ll see bigger fissures. Several you can hike down into and feel the 20 degree temp drop - refreshing on an afternoon hike! The first mile is a good incline, but going all the way to the cliff edge is so worth the view. If you want gorgeous river views on the way back, stay east and you’ll find the river trail leading back down along the piedra river back to the trail head. This is a favorite trail for the kids (ours are 7 and 9) and our dog - everyone loves it and the views really are incredible. This is a repeat trail for us!

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Brett Furlong
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We made the out and back a loop trail instead and it was a much nicer hike.

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Shilo Cavalcanti
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This trail was a great lil gem. We did the River trail first, and then did this one. We were extremely overheated (90F) so it was much more difficult than it should have been. Otherwise it is a fairly easy trail with some elevation that is very doable. The fissures are awesome. We followed the trail about .3-.5 miles farther (you will go over several fallen trees) and then end up with stunning views at the cliff edge. Definitely recommend, but recommend not doing in the heat of the day.

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Kevin Rossen
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Our family of five with kids ages 8-12 did this today and all loved it! It’s not overly challenging, but it’s not super easy either. The views are incredible! One of the best hikes we’ve ever been on. Definitely worth the little drive if you’re around Pagosa Springs.

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Matt and Crystal Ahles
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Very cool and my kids loved it too. I must admit that my fear of heights and dad protection mode was on overdrive for this one. So it was nice that it was pretty short overall.

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Jay Graham
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Great trail

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Austin Owen
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Beautiful trail. Very easy for those unacclimated to Colorado’s elevation. The views from the cliffs are stunning.

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Dennis Elkins
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It’s not a long trail, but the fissures in the ground are awesome. But, you have to be careful—the trail leading off from the last major crack is not marked well. In fact, the trail totally disappears. Be aware, a trail continues straight ahead with several logs strewn across the path—not sure where it goes tc, but no need to go down that way. The real payoff is up the rise (no path) to the right. Makes the entire journey so worth it, you want to cry. Follow the

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Peter Druschke
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This trail starts off at the Piedra River trailhead, take the right fork early on and begin a slow steady climb up the ridge. The trail starts off following an old road through a forest of aspen, spruce and ponderosa, and soon arrives at the first fissures; massive cracks that drop 20-30 ft into the mountainside. As you follow the route up you will arrive at the ridge with positively jaw-dropping views of massive sandstone cliffs and the Williams Creek Canyon on the other side. The actual trail continues south of the Alltrails route, arriving at more of the massive earth fissures. Why fissures? They are massive cracks that are forming in the sandstone capping the ridge as the river below undercuts the cliffs and large portions of the ridge are preparing to collapse into the river valley. Humbling to think about as you stand atop the cliffs and gaze at the distant San Juans. Be careful around the cliff edges and fissures, looks like a place that local search and rescue probably are familiar with and not in a good way...

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Brenna Bustamante
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really cool, very pretty trail

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Lantz Howard
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One of our favorite family hikes in the area. Ages 4 - 10. Family friendly. The canyon is stunning.

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Jess Hagerman
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Trail start is the same as Peidra River Trail, keep right at the first fork to get to the fissures. At the second fork you can stay left to go to a cliff overlook then double back and take the right fork for an additional cliff overlook. Nice easy hike!

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Soos Sporter
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Enjoyed the trail, and the views, as everyone says. We tried to hike this as a loop, following the trail of someone who had done that. Bad idea-towards the end, we were bushwacking. We made it through, but we should have gone out and back.

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Jonathon Cassiano
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Great trail. Most reviews spot on. First fork - hang tight and go all the way over trees, and the view is amazing. We had lunch and snacks. Kids are 4/7 and it was easy. We also ventured down into a cave - it’s cold down there. Easily one of my faves around pagosa

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Joshua Wall
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Nice little hike with a bit of elevation gain on the way out with some loose rocks. The fissures are cool to see but the real treasure is about .6 miles beyond the fissures to see the Piedra River valley. Gorgeous view and a nice spot to have lunch. Well worth it!

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