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Backcountry Overnights

2017-11-13T19:55:48+00:00

The Colorado backcountry is a great place to explore when temperatures go down and snow accumulations go up. But what’s the best way to get first runs in untouched powder? Plan an overnight backcountry trip! The Rio Grande National Forest and surrounding area features several USFS and privately managed yurts and cabins for winter [...]

Backcountry Overnights2017-11-13T19:55:48+00:00

Big Meadows Reservoir XC Skiing

2017-11-13T19:40:43+00:00

Article and Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Cross-country skiing is a great way to stay active during the snowy winter months, but it can also be an opportunity to explore new places. The San Luis Valley and surrounding San Juan Mountains features XC-ski-only trails as well as multi-use forest roads and [...]

Big Meadows Reservoir XC Skiing2017-11-13T19:40:43+00:00

Winter Fun with Kids!

2017-11-13T19:13:59+00:00

Article and Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo So you’re new parents and you want to keep outdoor activity high on the list all year long, right? Or, maybe you’re well-seasoned caretakers looking for a new outdoor experience for the little ones? Whatever your title or outdoor goals, winter is as great [...]

Winter Fun with Kids!2017-11-13T19:13:59+00:00

Winter Gear Guide

2017-11-10T21:44:30+00:00

Article & Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Temperatures and weather conditions are wide-ranging on a fall or winter day in Rio Grande country; from 45 degrees and sunny to single digits and snowing, and even to sub-zero temps (and everything in between). While you’re playing and exploring the area, prepare yourself [...]

Winter Gear Guide2017-11-10T21:44:30+00:00

Avalanche Safety

2017-09-26T13:16:14+00:00

Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors in Upper Rio Grande, but it also requires a little extra knowledge, planning and attentiveness to do it safely. An average of six people die in avalanches every year in Colorado and there have been eight avalanche fatalities in the Upper Rio Grande over the [...]

Avalanche Safety2017-09-26T13:16:14+00:00

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for La Jara, CO

2017-05-21T16:52:20+00:00

  Hiking  Snowmobile Motocycle - Single Track Horse Riding Cross Country Skiing ATV - Less Than 50" Wide Mountain Biking   No. Name Miles Long Elevation Difficulty Uses 706 Big Lake Trail 2.2 N/A N/A 742 Empedrado Lake Trail  6.3 N/A N/A 704 Silver Mountain Trail  12.2 8800 - 11800 Easy - Moderate 737 Willow Mountain Trail  11.4 N/A [...]

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for La Jara, CO2017-05-21T16:52:20+00:00

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Creede, CO

2017-05-18T16:57:15+00:00

  Hiking   Snowmobile  Motocycle - Single Track  Horse Riding  Cross Country Skiing  ATV - Less Than 50" Wide  Mountain Biking No. Name Miles Long Elevation Difficulty Uses 787 Bear Town Trail 5.4 11200 - 12700 N/A 806 Deep Creek Trail 18.0 8700 - 11400 Mod - Difficult 916 East Fk. Middle [...]

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Creede, CO2017-05-18T16:57:15+00:00

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Blanca, CO

2017-05-18T15:38:09+00:00

  Hiking   Snowmobile  Motocycle - Single Track  Horse Riding  Cross Country Skiing  ATV - Less Than 50" Wide  Mountain Biking No. Name Miles Long Elevation Difficulty Uses 886 Blanca Peak Trail 7.0 8800 - 14,345 Mod - Difficult 887 Medano Lake Trail 4.0 9600 - 11500 Easy - Mod 883 Mosca [...]

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Blanca, CO2017-05-18T15:38:09+00:00

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Antonito, CO

2017-05-18T15:26:42+00:00

  Hiking   Snowmobile  Motocycle - Single Track  Horse Riding  Cross Country Skiing  ATV - Less Than 50" Wide  Mountain Biking No. Name Miles Long Elevation Difficulty Uses  N/A Alverjones Trail 1.1 N/A N/A 721.1 Bear Lake Cutoff Trail 2.2 N/A N/A 721 Bear Lake Trail 3.34 9700 - 11500 Mod - [...]

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Antonito, CO2017-05-18T15:26:42+00:00

Trails – Conejos Peak Ranger District

2017-01-06T20:19:44+00:00

  Hiking   Snowmobile  Motocycle - Single Track  Horse Riding  Cross Country Skiing  ATV - Less Than 50" Wide  Mountain Biking No. Name Miles Long Elevation Difficulty Uses 704 Silver Mountain 12.2 8800 - 11800 Easy - Moderate 712 Conejos River 1.85 10250 - 11400 Easy - Moderate 713 Adams Fork 6.6 [...]

Trails – Conejos Peak Ranger District2017-01-06T20:19:44+00:00