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Best trails in Mosca

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Looking for a great trail near Mosca, Colorado? AllTrails has 22 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 Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge or Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 9 hard trails in Mosca ranging from 3 to 18.4 miles and from 7,657 to 14,347 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 Mosca
Top trails (22)
#1 - High Dune Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
High Dune trail at the Great Sand Dunes National Monument is not a marked trail. Make your way there the best you can by following the ridges of the dunes on the way. Dogs are allowed on the trail to High Dune and on the front range of Dunes, but they are not allowed past the highest point on High Dune.Show more
#2 - Zapata Falls Trail
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 30 m
The falls were formed when South Zapata Creek wore a groove in the crystalline rocks of the Sangre de Cristos, allowing its water to spill onto the soft alluvial soils below. Over millennia, the creek has carved a dim, deep and narrow chasm through which water tumbles some 30 feet. In the summer, the falls offer a cool respite; winter temperatures turn them into a giant ice sculpture.Show more
#3 - South Zapata Lake Trail
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 6 h 5 m
NOTE: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked. A hidden waterfall, several old miners cabins, and a high alpine lake are the rewards of this hike. The Zapata Falls are only 0.5 mile from the trailhead. The cabins are less than a mile beyond Zapata Falls. Continue 4 miles or so and you will come to a beautiful alpine lake above the tree line.Show more
#4 - Mosca Pass Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
#5 - Dunes Trail from Pinyon Flats
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
#6 - Sand Dunes Loop Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#7 - Ellingwood Point via Lake Como Road
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 18.4 mi • Est. 11 h 43 m
From wherever you park along this road, continue on it on foot. The road works its way up several switchbacks before entering the valley floor. Along the way you will pass by several ruins of old buildings. The trail will reach Como Lake just before treeline. This is where motorized vehicles must stop. The trail continues its climb up the valley and passes several more beautiful alpine lakes. Above you to your right will be the imposing face of Little Bear Peak. As the trail nears the end of the valley it ascends a small headwall where many paths break off. Which path you choose is up to you as they all will get you above it. After passing the head wall Veer left and begin to ascend the face of Ellingwood Point. Don't head for the ridge, but work your way across in an ascending traverse. There is one false summit, stay just to the left of it.Show more
#8 - Medano Pass Primitive Road
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
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Length: 19.9 mi
#9 - Montville Nature Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 16 m
#10 - Dunes Overlook Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
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