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Best trails in Cortez

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Looking for a great trail near Cortez, Colorado? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Mesa Verde National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Hawkins Preserve or McPhee Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Cortez ranging from 3.3 to 18.9 miles and from 5,475 to 6,863 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Cortez
Top trails (8)
#1 - Sand Canyon Trail
Canyons of The Ancients National Monument
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 6 h 19 m
This trail provides beautiful views of the canyons. Pass by ancestral Puebloan ruins on your way to the top. The hike begins fairly easy but, the final miles of the trail are the most challenging. TheShow more
#2 - Sand Canyon to East Rock Creek Trail to Rock Creek Trail Loop
Canyons of The Ancients National Monument
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 20 m
Sand Canyon to East Rock Creek Trail to Rock Creek Trail Loop is a 11.4 mile loop trail located near Cortez, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and offers Show more
#3 - Phil's World Mountain Bike Trail
Cortez, Colorado
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Length: 18.9 mi • Est. 8 h 39 m
This awesome area of groomed singletrack screams for mountain bikers. Rollers are big, fast, and simply astounding. This area is limited to human powered travel - no motorcyckes, ATVs, horses, etc.Show more
#4 - Ruins Road Loop
Hawkins Preserve
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 26 m
Ruins Road Loop is a 1 mile loop trail located near Cortez, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and runningShow more
#5 - Trust Loop
Cortez, Colorado
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
This loop is part of the Phil's World trail network. It has its own separate trail head on the east side of the main Phil's World parking lot. It is pretty easy with some fast and flowing sections. Show more
#6 - Goodman Point Trail
Hovenweep National Monument
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 13 m
Goodman Point is the eastern most unit of Hovenweep National Monument. The ruins at Goodman Point have mostly been reduced to piles of ruble. Show more
#7 - Ruins, Foxtrot Run, Jackrabbit and Mesa View Trail
Hawkins Preserve
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 36 m
Ruins, Foxtrot Run, Jackrabbit and Mesa View Trail is a 1.4 mile loop trail located near Cortez, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily Show more
#8 - Main, 2More, Trust and Hippy House Loop
Cortez, Colorado
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
Main, 2More, Trust and Hippy House Loop is a 9.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cortez, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarilShow more