Travel west of Eagle on I-70 to the Grizzly Creek exit (121) in Glenwood Canyon. After exiting, get back on the highway going eastbound to the Hanging Lake exit. The trail begins 1/4 mile east of the rest area on the left just before the bridge.
This short, steep, scenic trail climbs up through Deadhorse Creek Canyon, gaining 936' in elevation in 1.2 miles, to spectacular Hanging Lake.
Don't miss the short offshoot from the trail before the boardwalk that leads to Spouting Rock, where water exits out of a sheer cliff wall as a spectacular waterfall.
Take I-70 to the Rifle exit (90), then go north 14 miles.
Three hiking trails provide access to the caves, the top of the falls, and the creek upstream and downstream from the park. The Bobcat Trail follows Rifle Creek to the Colorado Division of Wildlife's Fish Hatchery. Rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout are found in East Rifle Creek, which flows through Rifle Falls. Fish up to 20 inches long have been taken, with 10- to 12- inch fish being the average size.
The falls is a lush area of trees and greenery kept moist by the spray of the cascading triple waterfall. A trail will take you to a vantage point near the top of the falls.
I-70 west to exit 49. The route begins on SH65 and continues over the Grand Mesa to Cedaredge.
The top of Grand Mesa ranges from 10,000 to 11,000 feet above sea level and is dotted with more than 300 stream-fed lakes and dozens of back roads and trails to explore. It's big!
Spectacular vistas from 10 scenic overlooks; dozens of backroads and trails; meadows full of wildflowers; outstanding fall foliage; porcupines, mountain lions, coyotes, red fox, elk, and deer thrive here; there are countless opportunities for good photos in this area!
10.3 mile circular trail consisting of a crest portion and a loop portion. It is accessed from two trailheads. One on the west end across from Island lake and one on the east adjacent to Eggleston Lake.The crest portion (6.5 miles) rises steeply from the East Trailhead to the top of Crag Crest. From the West Trailhead, the crest portion rises more gradually to the top of Crag Crest. Sections of the Craig Crest are on a narrow ridge with steep drop offs on both sides. The loop portion (3.4 miles) provides an alternative return route.
The view from Crag Crest extends in all directions. To the northwest, the Book and Roan Cliffs appear as multicolored cliffs and slopes. The view to the east and south includes the West Elk Mountain Range, the San Juan Range, and views of five of the 14'ers. To the west the Uncompahgre Plateau can be seen, and on the western horizon, the La Sal Mountains in western Colorado and eastern Utah is visible on a clear day.
I-70 to Exit 19 (Fruita) and south on Highway 340
Rimrock Drive provides access to the Saddlehorn Visitor Center and campground, 19 signed viewpoints, and 14 hiking trails — from ½ to 14 miles round trip. Many short, easy trails allow you to gaze upon or walk up to towering masses, while backcountry trails head down into remote canyons full of bird song and solitude.
Breathtaking views, towering monoliths, balanced rocks, and steep red-walled canyons a fascinating landscape of deep canyons and soaring cliffs. The pinyon-juniper woodland provides habitat for desert bighorn sheep, eight types of lizards, gray fox, coyote, bobcat, golden eagle, desert cottontail, and turkey vulture.
The route is accessed from Rimrock Dr within the Colorado National Monument. Inform the attendant at the entrance station that your destination is the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness and you will be permitted to pass through the monument at no cost.
There are two roads that are seasonally opened to motorized travel. The first part of the road is shared by both roads and they intersect again near the far end.
CAUTION: A high clearance 4X4 vehicle is required for the last 1.5 miles. Do not drive on either road when wet. Summer day time temperatures commonly exceed 90° (100° in the canyons).
The area contains the second largest concentration of natural arches in the country, second only to Arches National Park in Utah. Rugged canyons descend to the Colorado River and contain some of the most spectacular landforms found anywhere in the country.
The arches trail is 2.2 miles one way. About a half mile down the trail you come to a sign and fork. The left fork is a half mile in length and leads to an overlook of the Rainbow Arch. The right fork leads to the bottom of the canyon then loops back to a spot below the Rainbow Arch, passing all of the major arches.
I-70W Exit 171. Continues to SH-82 south of Leadville.
This paved route winds its way to an elevation of 10,424 ft, crossing Tennesee Pass with altitudes rarely falling below 9,000 ft. The rugged scenery includes mountain vistas, abundant summer wildflowers and impressive fall colors.
Red Cliff is a small community filled with galleries, music, theatre, and shops. Red Cliff Bridge spans the canyon 200 ft over the Eagle River. Reach the river from Water St.
Most of the area is above tree line, providing a panoramic view of the peaks of the Sawatch Range. The area was formerly a World War II training ground for United States Army troops of the 10th Mountain Division from nearby Camp Hale. A memorial to troops of the division is located at the summit of the pass.
The Leadville Historic District is a National Historic Landmark District. It includes the mining district east of the city up to the 12,000 ft level, and a portion of the village area including the Tabor Opera House, City Hall, Silver Dollar Saloon, Pastime Bar, the American National Bank Building, and the Delaware Inn, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Mosquito Pass (13,198 ft) 4wd route starts at US24 (Harrison Ave) and 7th St and continues east through the mining district to SH9 in Alma. Drive as far towards the pass as you are comfortable. The east side of the pass is a true 4wd with low-range required route.
The Hagerman Pass (11,981 ft) 4wd route starts at Turquoise Lake just outside of Leadville. Drive along the southern edge of the lake until you come to a "Y" where the pavement goes right. The trail starts on the easy dirt road to the left. Most passenger vehicles can make it to the Carlton Tunnel, a very scenic area.
From I-70W Exit 171/US24, drive south on US24 15.2 miles and turn left (E) onto Resolution Mtn Rd.
In good conditions, this spur road from the byway to the top of Ptarmaigan Pass should be passable to most passenger vehicles. North of the pass, it will soon deteriorate and become a true 4wd route requiring low range.
The pass sits below the summit of Resolution Mountain and offers terrific vistas in all directions. Fall foliage can be impressive.
I-70W Exit 171. Continue south on US-24 50 miles to SH-82.
This route winds its way to an elevation of 12,095 ft, crossing Independence Pass and ending in Aspen. The road is narrow and steep with tight switchbacks on either side.
The rugged scenery includes river meadows, alpine tundra, ghost towns, abundant summer wildflowers and impressive fall colors.
Twin Lakes lies adjacent two natural lakes at the foot of Colorado's highest peak, Mt. Elbert 14440 ft. The vista is spectacular!
Twin Lakes Historic District
Twin Lakes Village as well as Interlaken Resort, a National Historic Site, has been preserved with a shed, assay office, log cabin, the Clarion Hotel, and the Red Rooster Tavern still standing.
At 12,095 ft, it is the second-highest paved mountain pass in Colorado, after Cottonwood Pass. The ghost town of Independence is approximately two miles west of the pass.
Drive about 10.5 miles west of the pass on Highway 82 to a trailhead on the left, turn and drive about 200 feet to the parking area. Hike to an area where the river tumbles down through spectacular eroded rock formations with ice caves and a waterfall
So named because the road narrows dramatically. Here the road clings to the cliff and there is a precipitous drop-off to the river canyon below. There are wide views to Mount Shimer and the Difficult Creek Drainage.
Park for free at Aspen Highlands Village Parking Lot. Purchase tickets and catch the bus tour at Four-Mountain Sports
Limited accessibility by car. Bus tours run throughout the day for the summer season. Fees apply.
The Maroon Bells, reflected in Maroon Lake, is perhaps Colorado's most often photographed mountain scene. Fall foliage can be special. Abundant summer wildflowers.
Drive about 22 miles south of SH82 on SH133 to CR3 and 6 miles east on CR3 to Marble.
The Crystal Mill is located 6 miles east of Marble, just before the ghost town of Crystal. It is reachable only in the summer and fall months by a rough, rocky, narrow, 4-wheel-drive road.
Besides the picturesque Crystal Mill, there are terrific vistas, abundant summer wildflowers and impressive fall colors in the entire area. Explore CR3c which heads south out of Marble.
1.8 miles south of Redstone on Hwy. 133, you'll see the sign for Hays Creek Falls on the west side of the road. The waterfall is only a few yards from the road.
The North Rim is reached by taking a gravel road from the east end of Crawford State Park.
The North Rim Road provides access to 6 overlooks. Allow 2-3 hours for a leisurely tour.
Information is available at the North Rim Ranger Station, open intermittently in summer.
The canyon walls on the North Rim are almost vertical, offering some of the most impressive views found in the park.
The Recreation Area is about 10 miles south of Crawford
Curecanti includes Blue Mesa, Morrow Point and Crystal Reservoirs. The recreation area is surrounded by Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service land.
20 miles south of Crawford. A short trail leads from the roadside to an incredible view of the Black Canyon.
16 miles east of the overlook, this area has facilities for large and small group picnics. The area also provides a stunning overlook of the Black Canyon.
4.4 miles east of the picnic area turn onto Soap Creek Road and continue for seven miles up the Soap Creek Arm to Ponderosa campground. Continue for another 2 miles to the Soap Creek Campground and several trailheads.
About a mile west of SH92/US50. Join a park ranger for a leisurely 1½ hour boat tour on the Morrow Point Reservoir into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Tours run twice a day at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm everyday except Tuesday. Tours begin around the beginning of June and end after Labor Day. $16.00 - Adults $8.00 - All Children 12 and under.
Tours begin at the Pine Creek boat dock, accessed from the Pine Creek Trail at US Highway 50, milepost 130 (35 miles east of Montrose and 25 miles west of Gunnison).
5.3 miles east of SH92/US50 just north of the middle bridge. This moderately strenuous trail ascends 600 ft. in a distance of two miles. Offers spectacular views of Blue Mesa Reservoir, the distant San Juan Mountain peaks, and the weirdly eroded volcanic Dillon Pinnacles.
1.5 miles past the Pinnacles. The road accesses a campground then follows Red Creek, with its many beaver dams and ponds, north into the Sapinero Wildlife Area and eventually the Gunnison National Forest.
A little over a mile east of the Elk Creek Visitors Center on Highway 50, Rainbow Lake Road takes you into BLM and USFS land; beyond is Rainbow Lake and the West Elk Wilderness area.