Piedra River Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pagosa Springs, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length7.3 miElevation gain725 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyFishingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsRock climbingWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyRiverViewswild-flowers
Waypoints (4)
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Start of climbing area
37.42037, -107.19625
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End of climbing area
37.41714, -107.19717
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Bridge
37.41328, -107.20662
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Trail divide
Piedra stock drive trail, first fork trail head in 8 miles
37.40241, -107.22387
Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (303)
Photos (410)
Recordings (212)
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Helen Gibson
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Absolutely stunning in winter. We hiked this late morning on February 27, 2021. The trail was snow-packed all the way to the juncture (where we turned around). There were some icy spots and some muddy spots. We glimpsed a river otter. It wasn’t too busy because of the conditions. The trail was one of the prettiest and well worth it. We hiked it in boots. I wish I had the ice treads but we were ok without them. Snow shoes would have been silly.

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Pam Oury
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HikingGreat!
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Marianne C
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SnowshoeingGreat!Snow

The first mile was traveled by others with snowshoes and snowpacked. So beautiful going through the canyon with fresh snow on the trees, the river frozen in parts and colorado blue sky. we broke trail for about a mile more (a bit past 1st bridge). maybe we will try again next week to get to 2nd bridge.

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Ashley Schlicher
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Easy hike. Beautiful views. Trailhead was easy to get to.

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Kiki Murphree
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike in the summer and winter

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Spencer Hooker
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, lots of snow (01/03/2021)

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Christine Maresh
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Absolutely gorgeous

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Jo Calfee
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John Litton
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Hiking

Couple inches of fresh snow made it worth the trip. Great hike!

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Katie Krier
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We went yesterday and the snow was absolutely beautiful! Felt like I was in a winter wonderland.

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Yulia Pastukhova
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful easy hike! Hiked it in a morning, fresh snow, so gorgeous!

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Jennifer Doss
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FishingGreat!MuddySnow

A truly beautiful hike! Hiked it twice, fishing the river the second day (caught several trout near the first bridge), and the views were stunning both days. It snowed overnight, so we had slightly different views each time. My dog loved playing in the water and running through the long stretch of field between the two bridges. A great spot for walking, fishing, and climbing.

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R False
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Rock climbingGreat!

This trail was beautiful and fun. Lots of families with young kids, walkers with dogs, and some wall climbers with gear. It has a little of everything: giant bolder collapses, river overlooks, spots to play in the water, gurgling river sounds, and this week... ice sheets and snow-slush pile-ups in the water. This was a satisfying walk in the woods. The trail was a little muddy in some sections but nothing for someone in a good pair of trail runners cant handle. Enjoy!!

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Clay Horton
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Gray trail with

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Razzzzz Raz
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HikingGreat!Icy

Beautiful! Great during the early morning & afternoon. Dress accordingly, temperatures can drop suddenly.

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Christopher Arocha
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RunningGreat!Muddy

Trail was amazing! Made it on a perfect day and weather was definitely in our favor. Definitely a must do trail we ended up going further along the river for great views and trail running with our dogs.

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Michael Parker
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HikingGreat!Muddy
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Jadyn Cunningham
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HikingMuddy

Gorgeous 360 views. Different terrain ranging from shade, to cliffs, to open prairie. Went on 11.12.20 and went a good 3 miles past the first bridge. I wish I could have gone further but we were 2.5 hrs out and it gets dark early. We didn’t start until 11:30ish and the trail was pretty muddy from all the snow melt. Make sure you have waterproof hiking boots on. There’s a great few spots down by the river which is so cold it’s refreshing. Gorgeous hike, highly recommend.

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Reut Cohen
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Hiking

Amazing scenery, stopped every couple of minutes to take pictures. The sights are diverse and colorful. After arriving at the end of the trail, you can continue to walk along the marked path. After a few minutes, you reach a great spot where you can view the lake from high altitude. If you continue straight, you reach a couple of switchbacks taking you to the bottom of the lake and then you pass another bridge. At that point I stopped and made my way back. It seemed like the trail continues for miles ... All in all, a very friendly hike.

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Ellen Huls
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HikingGreat!

Stunning! We did about 4 miles out and back on Monday 10/26 (before the rain and snow hit). We turned at the bridge. 50 degrees and sunny. Had our 7 year old son with us who has hiked before. He did great. The trail was full of fun surprises and it was awesome to hike along the pristine, babbling river.

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A Man With No Name
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richard ryan
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HikingGreat!

Nice easy trail, can be crowded during COVID

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