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Gems in Southwest Rockies - 16

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gem Favorite On the top of High Dune looking east toward the San De Cristo Mountain to the east of Sand Dunes National Park.

High Dune

(43) Crestone, CO
gem Favorite Painted Wall at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP

Painted Wall Overlook

(21) Montrose, CO
gem Favorite The bold colors of Lower Blue Lake.

Blue Lakes

(17) Telluride, CO
gem Favorite Group of hikers heading to Star Dune

Star Dune

(12) Crestone, CO
gem Favorite Balcony House.

Balcony House

(10) Towaoc, CO
gem Favorite Cliff Palace.

Cliff Palace

(15) Towaoc, CO
gem Favorite Gunnison River flowing.

Warner Point

(10) Montrose, CO
gem Favorite U.S. Route 50 Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Pulpit Rock Overlook

(11) Montrose, CO
gem Favorite The old entrance to Marion Mine.

Marion Mine

(6) Colorad…, CO
gem Favorite Long House, from the end of the trail.

Long House

(5) Towaoc, CO
gem Favorite No Photos

Great camping spot

(1) Silverton, CO
gem Favorite Petroglyphs on the Mesa Verde Petroglyph Point Trail.

Petroglyph Panel at Petroglyph Point

(11) Towaoc, CO
gem Favorite Coyote Village.

Far View Sites

(12) Cortez, CO
gem Favorite Zapata Falls - Looking up from base of falls

Zapata Falls

(7) Alamosa…, CO
gem Favorite Ancient ruins.

Spruce Tree House

(8) Towaoc, CO
gem Favorite Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

(4) Telluride, CO

Recommended Routes in Southwest Rockies - 63

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Favorite Long House, from the end of the trail.
Intermediate

Long House Tour

2.2 mi 3.6 km 236' Up 71.86 m Up 241' Down 73.43 m Down

Towaoc, CO
Favorite Ancient ruins.
Intermediate

Petroglyph Point Trail

2.2 mi 3.6 km 428' Up 130.47 m Up 169' Down 51.48 m Down

Towaoc, CO
Favorite The park road winds beneath you on the hill top. This gives you an idea of how hilly the area is.
Intermediate

Point Lookout Trail

1.1 mi 1.7 km 527' Up 160.75 m Up 10' Down 3.16 m Down

Mancos, CO
Favorite View into the valley.
Intermediate

Prater Ridge Trail

7.5 mi 12.1 km 979' Up 298.47 m Up 976' Down 297.61 m Down

Mancos, CO
Favorite Balcony House.
Intermediate

Balcony House Trail

0.4 mi 0.7 km 80' Up 24.43 m Up 81' Down 24.8 m Down

Towaoc, CO
Favorite After leaving the forest you enter a meadow and depending on the time of year you may see a field of Paintbrush with Engineer dominating the view above.
Difficult

Coalbank Pass to Molas Pass

21.7 mi 35.0 km 3,656' Up 1114.39 m Up 3,459' Down 1054.16 m Down

Silverton, CO
Favorite After leaving the forest you enter a meadow and depending on the time of year you may see a field of Paintbrush with Engineer dominating the view above.
Difficult

Engineer Mountain Out and Back

6.9 mi 11.1 km 2,310' Up 704.12 m Up 2,311' Down 704.42 m Down

Silverton, CO
Favorite This is your reward after making your way through the first stretch of forest.
Intermediate/Difficult

Crater Lake and North Twilight

14.3 mi 23.0 km 3,232' Up 985.12 m Up 3,232' Down 985.02 m Down

Silverton, CO
Favorite Looking toward the La Plata Mountains.
Difficult

Hermosa, Clear, South Fork Creeks Loop

27.5 mi 44.3 km 4,266' Up 1300.29 m Up 4,265' Down 1299.98 m Down

Durango, CO

Southwest Rockies Running

  • 5,812 Miles 9,354 Kilometers of Trail
  • 63 Recommended Routes
  • 16 Gems Gems
  • 277 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 611 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 386 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southwest Rockies - 1,211

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1.2 mi 1.9 km #1Badger House Community Trail
Easy
Towaoc, CO
Easy
Towaoc, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #2Far View Sites Loop
Easy
Cortez, CO
Easy
Cortez, CO
0.4 mi 0.7 km #3Farming Terrace Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Towaoc, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Towaoc, CO
1.0 mi 1.7 km #4Knife Edge Trail
Easy
Mancos, CO
Easy
Mancos, CO
4.9 mi 7.9 km #5Lake Fork of the Gunnison River- Gateview Canyon Road
Easy
Lake City, CO
Easy
Lake City, CO
3.1 mi 4.9 km #6Grouse Gulch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverton, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverton, CO
5.5 mi 8.9 km #7Boulder Gulch Trail
Difficult
Silverton, CO
Difficult
Silverton, CO
2.0 mi 3.2 km #8South Fork Trail
Very Difficult
Silverton, CO
Very Difficult
Silverton, CO
7.4 mi 12.0 km #9Shearer Creek Trail #558
Intermediate
Bayfield, CO
Intermediate
Bayfield, CO
5.9 mi 9.5 km #10Fourmile Trail #774
Easy
Saguache, CO
Easy
Saguache, CO

Photos of Southwest Rockies - 1,507

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Nov 22, 2014 near Telluride, CO
Lower Blue Lake from the Blue Lakes Trail
Apr 14, 2015 near Telluride, CO
Middle Blue Lake at sunrise.
Apr 14, 2015 near Telluride, CO
Easy going on the Colorado Divide Trail (CDT).
Jul 30, 2016 near Silverton, CO
Dog tired at the end of a long day! He ate two suppers.
Jul 30, 2016 near Silverton, CO
The bold colors of Lower Blue Lake.
Dec 14, 2016 near Telluride, CO
Ice Lake Vista taken from Island Lake Trail
May 12, 2018 near Silverton, CO
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Apr 1, 2020 near Crestone, CO