Best trails in Mancos, Colorado

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Looking for a great trail near Mancos, Colorado? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife 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 Falls Creek Archeological Area or Bodo State Wildlife Area. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Mancos ranging from 2.1 to 13.8 miles and from 7,837 to 11,945 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 Mancos, Colorado
Top trails (15)
#1 - Mesa Verde National Park Scenic Drive
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 15.0 mi
#2 - Sharkstooth Pass Trail
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
To access the trail head you must drive 4-5 miles on a moderately difficult 4-wheel drive road. Only the last 1.5 miles are high clearance. You can park at the junction of the last mile if you don't have a high clearance vehicle. Please only attempt this road in dry weather. Show more
#3 - Ramparts Loop
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 47 m
#4 - Centennial Peak
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
#5 - Madden Peak
Mancos, Colorado
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 28 m
#6 - Hesperus Mountain Peak
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
Beginning from the Sharkstooth TH, you may find you have to park further down the forest road depending on conditions and vehicle choice (high clearance recommended). Begin on the West Mancos Trail as it wonders through dense pine and spruce forest, crossing the Mancos River and skirting the base of the prominent western ridgeline of Hesperus Mountain. There are various options when leaving the West Mancos Trail to gain the ridgeline, look for faint impressions of switchbacks in the talus fields through the trees. The main indicator is the notorious "black streak" running from the top of the ridge down about half way to the main West Mancos Trail. On the way up, it is best to stay just off the black streak, using the almost step like features to quickly gain elevation. Slow and steady here until the top of the ridge. Once you gain the ridge you'll be looking at the real crux of the path to the summit in a short bench-like feature along the ridge. The rock and talus can be loose here so choose your footing wisely and don't rush through this section. After gaining the steep bench it's a San Juan talus march to the summit where you'll enjoy sweeping views of the Sleeping Ute, Abajos, La Sals, and southern San Juan range. If the winds aren't howling you might be able to have a chat with someone across the basin on the summit of Centennial Peak. On the descent take care coming down the bench. At the black streak the soil is soft and those who are willing can "scree-ski" down this sandy soil to make great time and ease some of the strain on the knees. Show more
#7 - Box Canyon Trail
Mancos, Colorado
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
#8 - Black Bear Trail
Mancos State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
#9 - Chicken Creek Trail
Mancos State Park
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Length: 13.8 mi • Est. 7 h 4 m
#10 - Owen Basin
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 47 m
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