Explore the most popular historic site trails in Colorado with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Yes! Yes! Yes! Love Utah, but also love this place! Huge and beautiful canyons. It’s surprising to find landscapes such as this in CO. Such an amazing hike. Beautiful canyon that echos the sounds of time. It can seem crowded, but hike past the newspaper rock and you won’t see many people. When you get to the main rock art look right to see some petroglyphs that are not vandalized. There harder to find but more beautiful because inconsiderate vandals can’t get there. The canyon is more spectacular then the rock art. It’s huge and inspirational. There is no doubt why folks chose to etch their spirits into the rock. Great place, and great energy. Definitely do this hike. You’ll be happy
You did ;).

2 days ago

Awesome view at the end of the trail of the two buttes. I'm glad they are inaccessible. The big challenge was the 3 mile hike to the trail start due to the park not opening until May.


Very kid friendly; must bring my 5yo next time.

Good views and a fun trail to hike with your pup. Parking is difficult.

Beautiful view, great ride.

Was a great hike, enjoyable, few to little people on the trail but was incredibly muddy. The ice was a factor at first and I was thinking of hearing back to the trailhead to grab my yaktrax but after the ice let up the mud began. Nonetheless, easy and enjoyable

Went with 4 of my kids and had a blast learning about history....took the wrong trail back and ended up at the highway...will have to do this again.

Good hike. Creek half is a mud fest 2/24/18

off road driving
25 days ago

Was able to experience every season on the drive up. Beautiful scenery. Easy drive

Very simple trail. Some nice views of Glenwood and some cool history. Street parking. Trail has some trash lying around.

I hiked this loop going counter clockwise and would rank it more easy/moderate than full on moderate. Good bit of mud / ice still on the trail this morning. You probably don’t NEED micro spikes / Yak Tracks, but I threw mine on for about 2 miles and wasn’t mad about it. Definitely start early if you want to avoid crowds.

Beautiful views with many places to learn about local history. Definitely would recommend.

Must have $7 in cash to park! The structures are interesting. It’s a nice walk through the woods with occasional views of the front range, but the trails are not clearly marked and somewhat confusing. I drove from Denver and left pretty disappointed. Maybe it’s better in the summer, but for seven dollars I expected more. We left and found a prettier hike like 10 minutes further down the road for free.

Really beautiful today. You can make this loop a little longer by doing the bear paw loop as well. Great snowshoeing conditions The ranger said we would need spikes and snowshoes. Although someone else on the trail was wearing spikes we never took them out (but it did get a little icy). Saw a TON of deer. The pup loved it.

super crowded but great trail! great views even though it's right near town and 93!

Fantastic, easy winter hike. There's snow packed on the trail next to the creek since there's not much sun there, but it's not icy. Along the rim, there isn't much for shade.

2 months ago

Rated 5 for history. Excellent preserved/restored western fort on the frontier.

Really enjoyed our hike this weekend with our puppy. Make sure to park at the West/Upper Lot. This hike is for the most part on a level path with modest incline/declines at times. You can see the Walker Home ruins and the planned Summer White House ruins on this route.

Mason Creek to the Bear Paw Loop (not shown on this map) is one of our favorites. Nice steady climb along the stream. Bear Paw has three excellent lookouts along the way. Make the extra trek to Eagle Cliffs. Awesome views. There were a few patches of ice along Mason Creek but very doable with just hiking boots. Not very crowded in January. Watch out for bikes.

Very pretty creek side trail. We did K to L I think (versus the dam trail). Lots of families out and dogs. Creek was mostly frozen. Tim likes the east side, but it was closed for the season. Park at the farthest lot instead of near the visitor center. $7 day pass. $70 for an annual pass.

It’s closed for the season folks :(

Great hike, pretty easy, a lot of sun exposure

3 months ago

Easy rehab hike. Haven’t checked this trail out til today. It was closed during the calving season and so I did Mud Lake.
No snow/mud. One short icy section.

Super late fall hike. In the 50s and was pleased to find that the majority of the hike was protected from the wind which was heard gusting in the vales.

Only had one glimpse of the Back Range and that was of Old Baldy. Better views on the Mud Lake hike.

The ruins of the Bluebird Mine and the DeLonde Homestead were quite interesting.

Managed to stretch it to 5.8mi.

Great views with several historic homesteads.

3 months ago

Decent hike, good views going up to the trailhead. A little difficult to find. Google Maps didn’t take us to the trailhead so we had to find it.

311 is a little bumpy and muddy, so you should really only do this if you have a good 4x4.

311 D (the road you take to the trailhead from 311) is very rough, so we parked halfway and walked to the trailhead.

3 months ago

Easy hike with small children. A little snow and mud, but avoidable.
Short drive to the Carousel of Happinesses after.


Hike along the lake and see an old resort, which is being preserved by the Forest Service and is from the 1800s. It took us 3 hours at a leisurely pace and there was 6 inches - 1 foot of snow. Trail is rated moderate, but my husband and I thought it was easy. Our dog loved it as well!

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