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SLV Winter Star Gazing

2017-11-13T20:18:34-06:00

Article and Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo If you are interested in exploring some of the country’s darkest night skies, the San Luis Valley (SLV) is the perfect place in winter! The Milky Way and winter constellations like Orion and Canis Major (also featuring the brightest star, Sirius) are prominent features [...]

SLV Winter Star Gazing2017-11-13T20:18:34-06:00

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Monte Vista, CO

2017-05-21T18:16:46-06:00

  Hiking   Snowmobile  Motocycle - Single Track  Horse Riding  Cross Country Skiing  ATV - Less Than 50" Wide  Mountain Biking No. Name Miles Long Elevation Difficulty Uses 701 North Rock Creek Trail 7.6 9000 - 11700 Easy - Moderate 702 South Rock Creek Trail 1.9 11000 - 12000 Easy - Moderate [...]

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Monte Vista, CO2017-05-21T18:16:46-06:00

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for La Garita, CO

2017-05-21T18:11:47-06:00

  Hiking   Snowmobile  Motocycle - Single Track  Horse Riding  Cross Country Skiing  ATV - Less Than 50" Wide  Mountain Biking No. Name Miles Long Elevation Difficulty Uses 909 Bower's Peak Trail 3.0 10780 - 12180 N/A 773 North Carnero Trail 5.7 9120 - 9800 Easy Bicycles and any motorized vehicle is [...]

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for La Garita, CO2017-05-21T18:11:47-06:00

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for South Fork, CO

2017-05-21T18:45:44-06:00

  Hiking  Snowmobile Motocycle - Single Track Horse Riding Cross Country Skiing ATV - Less Than 50" Wide Mountain Biking   No.NameMiles LongElevationDifficultyUses799Alder Bench Trail 1.58400 - 8900Difficult 839Archuleta Trail 7.09200 - 12200Moderate 709 Bear Creek Trail 4.69200 - 10800 Difficult  933Beaver Mountain Trail 3.78200 - 9200Easy N/ABig Meadows Loop Trail 1.5 9220 - 9250 Easy  N/A Big Park Trail 11.010400 - 12000 N/A  N/ABonito Pass Trail 0.511000 - 11300N/A 794Cathedral Trail 3.79400 - 11200Easy - Difficult [...]

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for South Fork, CO2017-05-21T18:45:44-06:00

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Saguache, CO

2017-05-21T18:24:20-06:00

  Hiking   Snowmobile  Motocycle - Single Track  Horse Riding  Cross Country Skiing  ATV - Less Than 50" Wide  Mountain Biking No. Name Miles Long Elevation Difficulty Uses 778 Bear Creek Trail 4.1 10000 - 10760 N/A 767 East Middle Creek Trail 5.3 9000 - 11320 N/A 771 East Sheep Creek Trail [...]

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Saguache, CO2017-05-21T18:24:20-06:00

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for La Jara, CO

2017-05-21T16:52:20-06:00

  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, CO2017-05-21T16:52:20-06:00

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Del Norte, CO

2017-05-21T18:05:18-06:00

  Hiking   Snowmobile  Motocycle - Single Track  Horse Riding  Cross Country Skiing  ATV - Less Than 50" Wide  Mountain Biking No. Name Miles Long Elevation Difficulty Uses 786 Benino Trail  5.2 10200 - 11800 N/A 872 Bennet Creek Trail 7.0 9500 - 12000 Difficult 873 Burro Trail 7.1 9500 - 11000 [...]

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Del Norte, CO2017-05-21T18:05:18-06:00

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Crestone, CO

2017-05-21T17:50:36-06:00

  Hiking   Snowmobile  Motocycle - Single Track  Horse Riding  Cross Country Skiing  ATV - Less Than 50" Wide  Mountain Biking No.NameMiles LongElevationDifficultyUses746Comanche Trail 4.49800 - 12800 Difficult  749Cotton Creek Trail 13.110000 - 11000Moderate 861Cottonwood Creek Trail 1.012600 - 11000Difficult884Elaine Trail 1.79720 - 11920 N/A  856Horse Thief Basin 4.610400 - 12600 N/A  744North Crestone Trail5.78800 - 11840Difficult 747North Fork Crestone Trail8.59760 [...]

Rio Grande National Forest Trail Guide for Crestone, CO2017-05-21T17:50:36-06:00

Exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park

2017-04-17T10:32:09-06:00

Article & Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is one of the most unique sites managed by the National Park Service – from its location (in the highest alpine desert in North America) to its unique features and ecosystems including a dunefield, rugged peaks, high country forests, alpine environments, and [...]

Exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park2017-04-17T10:32:09-06:00

Middle Frisco Multi-Use Trail

2017-04-17T09:28:33-06:00

Article & Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Visitors to the San Luis Valley have many scenic trails to choose from – including the Rio Grande National Forest’s Middle Frisco Trail (Trail #879, Rio Grande National Forest). This moderately difficult (due to its length and elevation gain) multi-use trail is the perfect destination for day hikes, mountain biking, [...]

Middle Frisco Multi-Use Trail2017-04-17T09:28:33-06:00