5 Trails You Need To Be On
The San Luis Valley is home to countless trails for hiking, biking and running. We've compiled a list of the trails less traveled, an insider's guide to 5 trails you need to be on- because you probably haven't yet! Make Alamosa your basecamp for a variety of different trails and terrains. Before you go, check out all your dining and lodging options. Now, map out your weekend so you can hit as many trails as you can!
1. Million Reservoir
The Million Reservoir is a perfect trail for beginners and anyone looking for a relaxing stroll. The 1/2 mile trail leads to the reservoir that is a perfect spot to cast a line out for some great rainbow trout fishing. For those fly rod fanatics, Mill Creek runs into the reservoir offering the ideal conditions for stream fishing. The trail head is a quick 50 mile drive northwest of Alamosa along US-160.
2. Great Sand Dunes Park & Preserve
One of the more popular destinations in southern Colorado may seem out of place on a list like this. However, the Great Sand Dunes offers countless trails and views that most don't explore. The Great Sand Dunes offers an experience for the family or an avid traveler. Create your own loop, hike the tallest dune in North America or discover the lesser-known parts of the park. The Great Sand Dunes sits 30 minutes northeast of Alamosa. Best time to visit the park is in the fall and spring.
3. Elk Creek Trail
Elk Creek trail is surrounded by a beautiful landscape and a winding creek filled with trout. The trail offers great views from above the creek and into the valley of green grass and blue waters. This 15 miler offers various experiences from backpacking, camping or just simply hiking. Wanting to experience the trail in the winter? No problem, the trail offers a moderate XC skiing and snow shoeing experience. A quick 55 minute drive south from Alamosa on US-285.
4. Red Lake Trail
Red Lake trail in Conejos County is a 5 mile trail that climbs to an alpine plateau. Hike along the La Manga Creek Valley and enjoy spectacular views of the Continental Divide and mesa tops. This trail is moderate in difficulty but offers the best chance to see elk and bighorn sheep. The area is great for camping, horseback riding, fishing and backpacking. Take US-285 towards Antonito, about an hour south of Alamosa.
5. Middle Frisco Trail
Looking for a challenge?! Middle Frisco Trail (Frisco Creek) is the trail for you! This trail includes a number of lakes, a 13,000 peak and trails through a conifer/alpine meadow. The trail is 6.3 miles long and is open to hiking, biking and horseback riding. Are you a mountain bike enthusiast? This trail offers the difficulty to challenge even the best! Head west on US-160 from Alamosa, a quick 40 mile drive.
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Photos courtesy of Jeff Owsley