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Trails - Hiking

Fourteener country offers an abundance of ATV, Jeeping, biking and hiking trails. With so many trails and "Fourteeners" to be climbed, scaled, rock climbed, bouldered or just plain hiked, you'll be hard pressed to decide on just one. Come explore and play.... You'll find it hard to leave.

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Alpine Tunnel Trail

The 1,845-foot Alpine Tunnel cuts under Altman Pass and served the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad from Denver to St. Elmo and Gunnison. Completed in 1881 after 18 months of construction, it w...  Details

Barbara Whipple Trail

The Barbara Whipple Trail is a popular trail in Buena Vista was named after Barbara Whipple (1920-1989), a local artist who owned an art gallery on Main Street in Buena Vista.   It is considere...  Details

Black Cloud Trail

The Black Cloud Trail is a lesser known trail in Lake County that offers a spectacular mountain experience while getting away from the crowds. For the most ambitious hikers, this trail is an alter...  Details

Browns Creek Falls

Browns Creek Falls.  If you love waterfalls, Browns Creek Falls are a “must visit” place. Browns Creek flows in a canyon between Mt. White (13,667’) and Jones Peak (13,571&rsquo...  Details

Columbia City Trail

Getting to Columbia City is half the fun. Be advised that the four wheel drive portion of the road is not maintained during the winter, but you can easily travel the first four miles via standard pass...  Details

Denny Creek Trailhead

The Denny Creek Trailhead is located 12 miles west of Buena Vista, with a paved parking lot on the right. This is a beautiful mountain paradise no matter what the season – wildflowers in the sum...  Details


The Fourmile Travel Management Area is one of the most popular recreation areas for motorized and non-motorized travel in the Arkansas Valley.  Located to the northwest of Buena Vista “Four...  Details

Hamilton Trail

Although there isn't much left of Hamilton, you can enjoy a beautiful one-and-a-half-mile hike to it. Begin by taking the four wheel drive road one-half mile past the Banker Mine, stopping at a US...  Details

Latchaw Mine Trail

Though there aren't many ruins left at the Latchaw Mine, the trip there is worth it for the exquisite views, both at the end and on the way. You'll even be able to say that you've seen the...  Details

Little Annie Mine Trail

Destination: Little Annie Mine General Location: West and northwest of Buena Vista How To Get There: Head east on Main St. in Buena Vista, turn left on Colorado Ave (County Road 371). Follow...  Details

Mary Murphy Mine Trail

The Mary Murphy Mine is one of the more intriguing historical sites in this region, particularly since it has not had the benefit of restoration efforts. Several buildings are standing in various stag...  Details

Midland Trail

The Midland Trail might be one of the best kept secrets in Buena Vista. The rocky ridge with pinions directly east of Buena Vista is named Midland Hill, and the Midland Trail leads to its summit.Altho...  Details

Mineral Belt National Recreation Trail

The Mineral Belt Trail is a 12-mile trail all-season biking/walking trail that loops around the city of Leadville. It travels through aspen groves, forest and offers grand views of Leadville, Mt. Mass...  Details

Poplar Gulch Trail

The Poplar Gulch Trail is a well-marked trail that ascends well into the mountains that is lesser known in Chaffee County. The views at the high point of the trail (12,400 feet) are majestic, with gra...  Details

Ptarmigan Lake

Ptarmigan Lake is a high elevation lake in the Sawatch Range at the base of Jones Mountain (13,232’) that was named such because of the flocks of ptarmigans often seen in the area. This larger t...  Details

Tenderfoot Mountain

Originally named Tenderfoot Mountain, some locals refer to it as “S Mountain”, because of the large white “S” that can be seen throughout much of Salida. During the holiday sea...  Details

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The Colorado Trail

The Colorado Trail is an established, marked, and mostly non-motorized trail that transverses Colorado’s high country. The trail system offers hiking, biking, & cross country ski opportuniti...  Details

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