Hiking

The hiking around Carbondale not only provides a good workout, but takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Colorado. Whether you want to stay close to town and take a short day hike or venture out further, there is something for everyone.

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    Mount Sopris

    A must-do for anyone looking to spend the day hiking to the best view in the valley. This 13-mile hike is as tough as any 14er, complete with lakes, rock fields, and false summits.

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    Prince Creek

    Prince Creek Road, just outside of Carbondale is a great destination for a quick bike ride on pavement and dirt. This trail provides access to great mountain biking, trail running, hiking, views, hunting and more. learn more »
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    Red Hill/Mushroom Rock

    Right at the intersection of Highway 82 and 133 is a local favorite for a quick lunch-break hike with the dog, or a challenging mountain-bike trail system. The Red Hill Recreation Area is a series of short trails that lead to the Mushroom Rock overlook—a great hike and a great view of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Valleys. learn more »
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    Sunlight Mountain

    Sunlight ski area offers great hiking in the summer to the summit. Also during the summer months the expansive cross-country ski trail system transforms into a prime destination for mountain bikers. More than 16 miles of marked trails wander through a woodland landscape that features aspen groves, wildflower meadows, ponds, stream crossings and sometimes grazing cattle. Don't be alarmed, just give them a holler and they'll kindly share the trail. learn more »
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    The Crown Trails

    Single- and double-track through scrub oak and sage. learn more »
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    Thompson Creek Trail

    This short but scenic trail is tucked away in Thompson Creek area west of Carbondale. The trail follows Thompson Creek and is great for a short hike, trail run, or a sport climbing escape as there are excellent routes tucked away.