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Ute Canyon Trail is a 11 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Whitewater, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length11 miElevation gain1912 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingFishingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Colorado National Monument charges a fee to enter. Fees are $25 per vehicle or $20 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $45.

Limited parking at the wildwood drive end of the trail.

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Donny Cox
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Donny Cox
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Hiking

Always a great day in the Ute Canyon trail. Some snow and much colder climbing to the Rim Road.

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Chris Randall
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Donny Cox
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The Park Service lists at 14 miles round trip. The GPS can't calculate the switchback miles correctly. It is close to 14 miles total. The whole trail is breathtaking. Don't miss it.

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Jan Moorman
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The description has two errors. There is no river in this trail and horses are not allowed. We walked this trail today from top to bottom where we left a car. The scenery is spectacular and there are only two very steep sections. Take Corkscrew as it is well maintained. It also has fabulous scenery and only adds 1/2 mile each way.

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Jeff Kloska
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Aaron Cade
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Great trail. Lots of views. Passed a small rattlesnake on the way out and on the way back in. Probably should have gotta there in the early morning but it was great nonetheless. Remember to take lots of water.

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Steven Kerr
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I started at 4am at the Liberty Cap trailhead and got back down around 10:00am. I hiked up Colorado national monument to the road. If you go early you get to see a gorgeous sunrise and the canyon lights up. The first part of the trail is some steep switchbacks, then you spend about an hour and a half going back into the canyon. The trail is still there but in some areas it is overgrown so just keep looking down so you don’t lose the trail! On the first set of switchbacks I saw some deer on the trail so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The trailhead near wildwood road has some parking but it fills up pretty fast. It was full by 10am when I got back.

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Lace Allen
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great views of the canyon ! stunning

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Saran Khalid
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kind of steep in the beginning but an overall beautiful trail

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Brittany Woodward
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Alexandra King
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Hiking

Beautiful hike down to the bottom of the canyon! The echo was absolutely amazing. It's a very steep on the way back up and some areas are challenging. Definately worth it!

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Lauren Brand
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Hiking

Lovely hike through Ute Canyon and up to the rim. Desert towers, an arch or two, following a semi-dry riverbed. The corkscrew trail is closed, so take Liberty Cap to Ute. great signage. Trail was easy to follow. Some muddy bits. Pretty noticeable rock slide blocking the trail about 30-50 feet from the rim. It is a bit precarious, use caution. Some of the switchbacks up to the rim look vulnerable to more slides. Sunny, hot and windy today in some places.

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Eli Nathaniel
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Hiking

I'd say a good portion is walking down the side of the cliff, and back up. nice trail, usually not many people probably for that reason.

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Lindsay Kennedy
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I hiked this trail today and it was wonderful as promised however I would not recommend it for horses. I typically ride mules but this trail is too narrow and rough even for mules.

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Grace F
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Larry Durand
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Gabe Lozano
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Sofia A
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Vlad Karchevsky
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Zac Brown
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Austin Martin
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Eb S
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Chris O'Reilly
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