Two Elk National Recreation Trail

HARD 6 reviews
#123 of 196 trails in

Two Elk National Recreation Trail is a 18.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

18.9 miles
4770 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running



wild flowers




Follow a crystal clear creek up a narrow valley to the base of Vail Ski Area's Tea Cup Bowl and Blue Sky Basin on the Two Elk National Recreation Trail. A pleasant journey through thick forest, past rocky outcrops, amid lush aspen forests, and across fields of colorful wildflowers. NOTE: Bring water as the creek is not always near the trail. Numerous berry bushes line the trail at the west end. Be aware of bears, especially in late August and September. Hunters may use this area during hunting season. The trail is neither marked nor maintained during the winter.

13 days ago

Did the first mile and it very enjoyable. The trail is currently closed until the end of the month for elk migration so you cannot do more than a mile in. Not totally sure the 2 star review makes sense as trail is not open. The first mile was pretty excited to return

trail running
10 months ago

Everybody should do this trail! Absolutely gorgeous. For trail runners you can pretty much run it the whole way (except on the way back where the forest uphill is pretty brutal).

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Did the Western descent on a mountain bike, from the highest point on the trail. Absolutely beautiful! The bottom third is solidly black diamond trail but quite doable.

15 days ago

recorded two elk

10 months ago