Best trails in Crestone

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Looking for a great trail near Crestone, Colorado? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, forest 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 Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Temple Canyon Park or Baca National Wildlife Refuge. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 7 hard trails in Crestone ranging from 5.5 to 11.7 miles and from 8,566 to 14,169 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 Crestone
Top trails (8)
#1 - Willow Lake Trail
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 5 h 10 m
Deep in the heart of the Sangre De Cristo mountains in southern Colorado, Willow Lake provides a respite for the waters draining the Obstruction Peak glacial trough, as they rush north and west towardShow more
#2 - Challenger Point
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 8 h 18 m
A long beautiful hike up to the summit named after the space shuttle Challenger. Follow the signs from the trailhead directing you to Willow Lake. After many switchbacks you will come to Willow Lake,Show more
#3 - Crestone Needle from Old South Colony Trailhead
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 4 h 15 m
Climbing experience and gear is required for this trail.Show more
#4 - North Crestone Creek Trail
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 6 h 43 m
North Crestone Creek Trail is a 11.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Crestone, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, Show more
#5 - South Crestone Lake Trail
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 5 h 45 m
South Crestone Lake Trail is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Crestone, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, naShow more
#6 - Willow Lakes and Willow Creek Lakes via Willow Lake Trail and Challenger Peak Route
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 7 h 4 m
NOTE: As of April 2020, the road is closed approximately a mile from the trailhead. Show more
#7 - Music Pass via Rainbow Trail No. 1336
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 12 m
Music Pass via Rainbow Trail No. 1336 is a 7.9 mile out and back trail located near Crestone, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.Show more
#8 - North Fork Crestone Trail
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 6 h 10 m
North Fork Crestone Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crestone, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a numbeShow more