Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails near Mancos with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Lots of wildflowers currently.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail for a quick hike. Beautiful views!

hiking
3 months ago

This trail follows the edge of the reservoir and leads through open meadow, some trees and over a stream. It's realatively flat with small undulations.

hiking
4 months ago

We only hiked up about 3 miles and turned around. Lucky for cloud cover or the hike back would have been hot. It was nice for the dogs to swim in the lake afterwards.

hiking
4 months ago

incredible views. still a lot of snow pack in early July.

hiking
4 months ago

We took a wrong turn and ended up only doing a 2 mile loop. It was a beautiful 2 miles. Lots of flowers, gorgeous views, and we even saw a spotted fawn.

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snow
4 months ago

Went yesterday, must park on CR 350 as road into trailhead is covered with snow most of the way. Trail also covered with snow. We stopped and turned around at trailhead as weren’t sure we could follow the trail plus needed snowshoes or yaktrax plus poles to slog up. Give it a few weeks to finish melting!

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blowdown
4 months ago

One of those trails which just keeps getting prettier the further along you go. One large blowdown about 3.25 miles in, but not difficult to get around. Quite a number of stream crossings. 2019 has been a wet year, so expect to have slightly wet feet. Overall conditions are good though for at least the first four miles from the trailhead.

Nice looking trail for off roading but got there in a jeep and trail is blocked off for 50in or less vehicles.

much better mapping and consistent blue diamonds on trails.

hiking
Sun Oct 28 2018

Good well marked moderate trail.

Sun Aug 19 2018

Beautiful well-marked trail. The last mile to the trailhead is on a very rough road that requires a high-clearance vehicle.

running
Tue Aug 07 2018

Very nice trail until you reach the saddle between sharks tooth and Centennial then if you want to proceed up sharks tooth it’s pretty rough,tons of jagged loose rock! Overall lovely hike would def check out this trail again!

walking
Sun Aug 05 2018

For a nice, moderate 2 hour hike, away from everything with some amazing views, this is your trail.

hiking
Thu May 17 2018

Still has some deep snowbanks that make navigating the trail difficult but should melt in a few weeks. Getting to the trailhead requires 4 Wheel Drive but the road is mostly dry. Overall a lovely hike!

Beautiful

backpacking
Wed Sep 20 2017

Rocky and steep. All down then back up. Nice views

backpacking
Wed Sep 20 2017

I love this hike. Great views.

Sun Aug 27 2017

Fairly easy trail, given that elevation is quite high. In summer, hike early in the day due to lightning in the afternoon. Good wildflowers in July. Quite a few streams, short historic mine trail loops into trail. Great views. Biggest drawback is how far off the main roads it is. Really rough road the last mile or so.

I have been hiking this trail for 20 years. our family uses this trail as a warm up for our trips every year.

hiking
Mon Jul 24 2017

Road a little rough up to the trailhead. Steady incline with switchbacks but my wife whose had three back surgeries made it to the top. Great views but go early to avoid thunderstorms. A large cozy wind shelter at the top that is a great spot for a quick lunch.

Awesome hike! And very kid friendly. We took our 6 and 8 year old boys up. They loved it! Pretty gradual up and amazing views. We wanted to keep going but there was a storm moving in. Start early so you can beat the summer storms!

A fall favorite. Great Pine/Aspen views. Can continue down the other side of the pass, and continue on to Kennebec. Road to trailhead needs high clearance, can be done with an Outback

Thu Jun 15 2017

Well marked and not heavily traveled. However, you are charged $7 in Mancos State Park to drive to trailhead. The beginning is open and grassy- with houses on the left. Once you get past this area, it is a nice trail, with several creek crossings.

hiking
Tue May 10 2016

fun trail!

hiking
Fri Nov 28 2014

To access the trail head you must drive 4-5 miles on a moderately difficult 4-wheel drive road. Street vehicles likely cannot make it, and only attempt this road in dry weather. The hike begins at the parking area (room for about twenty vehicles). You first pass a rock fall area and then enter an alpine forest. The trail is basically uphill from the beginning and is a series of switchbacks primarily in the forest. As you approach the pass you will leave the tree line and traverse an alpine tundra region before gaining the pass itself. Be prepared for a lot of wind and brisk temperatures at the pass. The hike up is 3-4 hours at a leisurely pace allowing time for sight seeing, photography and rest stops. The return trip is quicker since it is all down hill.

cross country skiing
Mon Nov 17 2014

Fun Cross Country Skiing in the wintertime!

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