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Turret Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and fishing. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.8 mi Elevation gain 1,089 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Running

Forest

River

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Shelby Summers
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Hiking

Not my favorite hike. Full sun and you have to go off the trail to find the river. Wouldn’t do it again but it wasn’t miserable.

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Jennifer Jones
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HikingNo shade

First 1/2 mile uphill, then 1/2 mi downhill. Here, the path appears to split. Hang left uphill, not downhill to private property. Then, you will walk another mile in an open field (full sun) to the fork for Turret Trail or River Bench. I followed River Bench, which was one more mile until the Arkansas River. All in all 3 miles out and 3 back. Take plenty of water and sunscreen. Red & yellow cacti in bloom.

John Cardwell
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We followed the trail past River Bench to "River Access Trail" - do NOT do this. River Access trail is an easy 1-star. Bushwacking, full exposure, sandy wash, and the destination is a 2ft wide river access point with no views inside of a swamp. Honestly, most of the hike was pretty bad. If you want to cross a National Monument off your list by going here, follow Turret Trail until you get to the open field and then turn around. Up until that point the views were amazing, and after that point they only got worse. Bring lots of sunscreen

Geoff Uhlemann
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Hiking

Nice views and some cool rocks but otherwise plain trail. River bench probably goes 3/4 mile until reaching the river

Madi M
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Hiking

Great varied trail with lovely views of collegiate peaks. I usually turn off on the river bench trail to switch up the views. The little round cacti were blooming and it was very cute.

Jen N
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Hiking

Fun rolling trail in the beginning, even the doublet rack was rather nice. But the wash was uneventful and quite sandy.

Beth Buehrer
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HikingRocky

Lovely trail, the creek beds didn’t have any water yet, which was a bit of a bummer. Ended up veering off to River Bench trail and enjoyed the water!

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Ani Metzger
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Hiking

Great hike! Much of it is out in the open and can get a bit windy. Layers are recommended!

Krystin Hedeen
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Great views and a chill walk! Bring shades and some sunscreen for the open space

Antoinette Garcia
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HikingRocky

So we kind of got lost on what trail to follow since there were so many small trails around. We ended up exploring several different trails! A mix of incline and flats and the fresh sap smell was what really made the hike! Would highly recommend

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Molly McDonald
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Hiking

Great day on the trail. Took my lab, we both enjoyed the hike. Dry, easily marked trails

Daniel Herman
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Hiking

Beautiful, varied terrain trail Moderate difficulty. Turned around at the 1.8 mi Mark at the river. Dogs loved it.

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Dan G.
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Hiking

turret trail to the river bench trail

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M Modtomic
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Super fun and technical for these two lightweight beginners! Snow covered trail was still easy to follow because of the other hikers tracks.

David Stepke
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HikingRocky

Trail was a great hike with awesome switchbacks which opens up to fantastic views of collegiate peaks. The wash out portion is a bit sandy but overall was a wonderful hike.

Carl Zulick
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The beginning of the trail was the steepest and most interesting until you get to Catkin Loop turnoff where the views are spectacular and there is a greater feeling of solitude and wilderness character. The loop was not marked well and it's advisable to have a map handy (there was cell service everywhere we went). I was not clear where the river access was private along the first dry creek that shows on the map. A sign on a trail to the side of the 1st dry creek indicated no public access, but it wasn't clear if it was public in the wash or not. The river accesses were great when u got there, and this late May trip yielded many flowers and great birds. Fly fishermen reported they did great with caddis and may fly nymphs. We encountered a few horses and few but very friendly people. Evenings by the river got breezy and night temps dipped to the low 30's. But bring plenty sunscreen! We were pleased to see most all visitors followed leave no trace principles. Hikers, don't be discouraged by the mixed motorized and non motorized use at the trailhead. That's not an issue once you are 200 yards down the trail.

Linda Olsen
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Hiking

Make sure to take at least 2 liters of water. Hot and dry in the afternoon. Nice views of Collegiates, Antero and Shavano.

Derek Parsons
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Hiking

Only hiked an hour (30 out 30 in). Beautiful day, great trail, great views, well marked. Wish we had made it to the river.

Dee M.
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Charlie Paterson
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Hiking

Fine spring or fall hike through pinyon forests, a sage flat and sandy washes surrounded by granite formations. Met only one other hiker in 3 hours. This is a wilderness study area so foot travel only.

Colleen Turner
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Hiking

To the good Samaritan who found my glove and left it at the trail head… Thank you!

Kira Minehart
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A bit of wash walking at the end but great and scenic trail!

Doug Goold
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Hiking

We did this hike in conjunction with the Catlin Gulch Loop hike. Beautiful hiking, though quite distinct from the trails across the valley in the Collegiate Peaks. The trail rambles through lots of large, awesome rocks and provides great views of the valley and the Collegiate Peaks. Lots of ups and downs, but none are long. Parts of this trail are poorly marked. Specifically, about 2 miles in you reach the juncture for the trail to River Bench. You go left at this juncture (i.e., NOT going to River Bench) and follow the trail up to a small saddle, then down to cross a small creek. Here the trail becomes indistinct at times as you head up the wash. Follow the wash quite a ways, watching for two cairns on the right (south) side of the wash. These are located about 1.1 miles from the River Bench juncture and I would estimate .7 miles up the wash itself. At the cairns you will see the trail heading out of the wash to your right (southish). It progresses up through several switchbacks and is easy to follow.

L Doodle
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Todd Sechel
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Augi C
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Manuel Leon
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Marilyn Box
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